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Talent Search Testing - SAT

Special Instructions for paper registration form

Note: The College Board will launch a redesigned SAT on March 5, 2016. CTY Talent Search participants who wish to take the SAT should take the current version, available only through Jan. 23, 2016. The information and instructions on these pages apply to the current version. We will post information related to the redesigned SAT on our website at a later date.

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: $54.50
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, noting the exceptions below:

1. Boxes shaded in red (except for 6, 15c-e, and 19) must be completed or the registration form will not be processed. Please note:

  • Item 2: Fill in “000003”
  • Item 14: Your child must fill in the statement and sign the form
  • Item 15a-b Select “SAT with Essay” for the desired date (October–January), and fill in the SAT Test Fee
  • Item 17a: Ensure the CTY code “5334” is filled in and allows us to receive your child’s scores
  • Item 20: Complete the totals and enclose payment. If using a credit card, complete and sign in Item 21.

2. Mail the completed form to the College Board SAT program in the envelope provided with return address and bubble test date

3. Receive your child’s Admission Ticket by mail. It should arrive no later than one week prior to the scheduled test. Important: If you do not receive a ticket, call SAT Customer Service at 866-756-7346.