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Talent Search Testing - SAT

Special Instructions for paper registration form

The SAT is a standardized multiple choice test usually used by colleges and universities to objectively determine students readiness for the rigors of college studies. Most students take this test in high school. As used by CTY, the SAT provides more information about a child’s mathematical and reading/verbal strengths. How is this? The SAT establishes a much higher “ceiling” than the grade-level exams children normally take. A child who tests in higher percentiles of the SAT is a very good candidate for more challenging course work and other modifications to a school curriculum. Such information should have a great impact on the future educational pathways.


Test fee: $52.50
Test length: 3 hours and 45 minutes
2400 possible points
3 sections (Writing, Critical Reading, and Mathematics)
Note: CTY only considers the Mathematics and Critical Reading sections for awards and course eligibility.
Mandatory Writing component
Penalty for guessing

  • Locate SAT test centers
  • If your child is 13 years of age or older, you can register for the SAT online.
  • Students under 13 must use the test registration material sent from CTY.
  • When selecting reporting options, be sure to select "Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth" and/or reporting code "5334". Failure to indicate CTY in the registration will result in your child's scores NOT being transferred to CTY.
  • SAT Valid ID for CTY Talent Search participants is on page 18 of "Before the Test".
  • SAT Practice

Special Instructions for paper registration form

All the required fields on the SAT paper registration form must be completed or the registration will be unprocessed and returned to you.

Complete all the shaded boxes except:

  • Items 6, 9-10, 13-14, and 18: Leave blank.
  • Item 7: Fill in "000003"
  • Item 15: Your child must fill in the statement and sign the form.
  • Items 16 a-c: You must also select the test options for TEST DATE (your choice), TEST CHOICE = SAT, and TEST FEES = SAT Test Fee
  • Item 17a: Leave "5334" filled in. This ensures that CTY receives your child’s scores.