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Eligibility Guidelines

CTY Online Programs are designed for academically talented students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Eligibility for admission is based on the student's performance on one of several specific tests depending on the student's grade in school.

How can I arrange for eligibility testing?

Eligibility testing for students in grades 2 through 8 is arranged by CTY’s Talent Search. Students who can demonstrate outstanding academic abilities but are unable to test through the Talent Search in time may apply to take one Online Programs course through provisional admission. They will need to register for the Talent Search to obtain testing materials. To continue in Online Programs or to participate in summer residential or commuter programs, provisional admission students must submit qualifying scores on the appropriate above-grade-level test. Contact for information.

Which courses will I be eligible to take?

CTY focuses on challenging bright students in their areas of strength, not on remedial studies. Students who excel in the mathematical reasoning portion of the qualifying test gain eligibility for courses in math, science, computer science, and engineering. Those who achieve qualifying scores on the verbal (or reading) portion of the above-grade-level test gain eligibility for writing, critical reading, grammar, humanities, or social science courses. Students with qualifying math or verbal scores may enroll in forensics, web design, JavaScript, chess, music, or any world language course if the other prerequisites are met. If you already have the student's scores for the SCAT, STB, PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT, or PSAT 10/NMSQT, use the convenient CTY Eligibility Assessment form to find out which programs and courses he or she may take.

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What are the eligibility guidelines and scores I need to qualify for Online Programs?

Grades Pre K - 2

CTY Online Programs offers challenging math courses to academically talented students beginning in pre-kindergarten. Language arts (Young Readers' Series and Building Blocks) and world language courses (Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish) are available to students in 2nd grade and above. Children below 2nd grade who are too young to take the SCAT in CTY’s Talent Search for eligibility can become eligible to enroll in online courses by submitting nationally normed, updated, standardized test results that demonstrate the highest academic potential. Examples include but are not limited to: the WISC, WPPSI, Stanford-Binet, KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment, ERB Early Childhood Admission Assessment, Woodcock Johnson, and Cognitive Abilities Test. These tests are available from most private practice child psychologists. Many parents also arrange for special testing with the CTY Diagnostic and Counseling Center.

Before enrolling, please contact to request a review of your child's standardized test scores and other information that you want us to consider in deciding upon eligibility for the online program. Strong candidates typically demonstrate advanced reasoning abilities by achieving scores at or above the 95th percentile on an updated, nationally normed, standardized assessment; provide evidence of strong reading skills; and are eager to learn. Please note that particularly young students may require support from a parent or guardian in order to succeed in the online learning environment.

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Grades 2 - 6

Academically advanced students in grades 2 through 4 take the School and College Abilities Test (SCAT) to qualify for CTY programs. This computerized above-grade level test is offered year-round through the CTY Talent Search. Students in grades 5 and 6 may take either the SCAT or the PSAT 8/9 to qualify. The PSAT 8/9 is offered through the CTY Talent Search on selected dates in December and January.

Qualifying Math Scores
Key: M = Math Q = Quantitative STB= Spatial Test Battery

Grade at Test DateSCATPSAT 8/9STB
2≥ 435 Qn/an/a
3≥ 440 Qn/an/a
4≥ 450 Qn/an/a
5≥ 465 Q or ≥ 460 Q & 400 STB380 M450
6≥ 470 Q or ≥ 465 SCAT Q & 400 STB410 M500

Qualifying Verbal Scores
Key: V = Verbal RW = Reading & Writing

Grade at Test DateSCATPSAT 8/9
2≥ 430 Vn/a
3≥ 435 Vn/a
4≥ 440 Vn/a
5≥ 445 V380 RW
6≥ 450 V410 RW

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Grades 7 and Above

By the end of grade 7, academically advanced students must have qualifying scores on the Advanced SCAT, ACT, SAT, PSAT 10/NMSQT, or PSAT 8/9 to continue enrolling in CTY Online Programs courses. Students should register for CTY’s Talent Search and take the Advanced SCAT, ACT or SAT during 7th grade so their scores will be available by the end of the school year. At this time, only the ACT Reading, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, PSAT 10/NMSQT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or PSAT 8/9 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores will be considered for CTY humanities course eligibility.

Qualifying Math Scores
Key: M = Math Q = Quantitative STB = Spatial Test Battery

7≥ 440 M≥ 16 M or ≥ 15 M & 400 STB≥ 475 Q or ≥ 470 Q & 400 STB≥ 450≥ 440 M≥ 440 M
8≥ 490 M≥ 18 M or ≥ 16 M & 400 STB≥ 480 Q or ≥ 475 Q & 400 STB≥ 500≥ 490 M≥ 490 M
9≥ 540 M≥ 20 M or ≥ 18 M & 400 STB≥ 485 Q or ≥ 480 Q & 400 STB≥ 550≥ 540 M≥ 540 M
(or higher)
≥ 590 M≥ 23 M or ≥ 20 M & 400 STB≥ 490 Q or ≥ 485 Q & 400 STB≥ 600≥ 590 M≥ 590 M

Qualifying Verbal Scores
Key: RW = Reading & Writing R = Reading V = Verbal

7≥ 440 RW≥ 15 R≥ 455 V≥ 440 RW≥ 440 RW
8≥ 490 RW≥ 18 R≥ 460 V≥ 490 RW≥ 490 RW
9≥ 540 RW≥ 21 R≥ 465 V≥ 540 RW≥ 540 RW
(or higher)
≥ 590 RW≥ 24 R≥ 470 V≥ 590 RW≥ 590 RW

*Note on SAT and PSAT 10/NMSQT: The scores listed here are valid for SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016 and PSAT 10/NMSQT tests taken in or after October 2015. If you took the SAT prior to March 5, 2016, or the PSAT 10/NMSQT prior to October 2015, please log in to your MyCTY account to view your eligibility, or call 410-735-6278.

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Once I establish qualifying test scores, how long will I remain eligible for Online Programs?

  • Students admitted in Pre K through 1st grade remain eligible through the end of the 2nd grade.
  • Students in grades 2 through 5 who earn qualifying scores on the SCAT remain eligible until the end of 7th grade.
  • Students in grades 5 and 6 who earn qualifying scores on the STB remain eligible until the end of 7th grade.
  • Students in grades 5 and 6 who earn scores on the PSAT 8/9 that are greater than or equal to the SAT score requirement for 7th graders remain eligible for online programs until they complete high school.
  • Students in grades 6 and above who earn qualifying scores in the Advanced SCAT remain eligible until they complete high school.
  • Students who take the SAT, ACT, PSAT 10/NMSQT, or PSAT 8/9 in grade 7 and above and earn qualifying scores remain eligible until they complete high school.

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