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Re-testing for Summer Gifted Programs

Re-testing Options

Find which re-testing options are available for your program by using the tabs above.

Intensive Studies (Grades 7+)

Not eligible for the CTY Intensive Studies course(s) you would like to take?

Many students who do not at first qualify for the courses that most interest them do qualify on a subsequent attempt. Students may re-take the same test, or they may wish to try to qualify on a different test. Please click on the test name for more information.

Advanced SCAT

As of November 2010, the Center for Talented Youth is, on a pilot basis, accepting the School and College Abilities Test, or SCAT, for students in grades 7 through 10 who wish to qualify for the Center's Summer Programs and online courses. Eligibility for students who qualify under the pilot will be valid until the student reaches the maximum age for the particular program or course. You may view required scores here.

The Advanced SCAT test is shorter (under an hour), compared to the SAT or the ACT (3-4 hours), and is offered on a computer at your nearest Prometric test center. Instead of waiting for a specific test day, as required for the SAT or ACT, you can schedule the test at a time convenient for your child and you.

Instructions for taking the SCAT are different based on the student’s grade and whether or not the student has already taken the SCAT this academic year.

  • 9th and 10th Grade Students:  Please read more information on the SCAT for 9th-12th graders.
  • 7th or 8th Grade Students: Have you enrolled in the current year's Talent Search?
    • If NO, you must enroll now in order to take the Advanced SCAT. Visit CTY Talent Search for instructions on how to enroll in the Talent Search. Instructions for registering for the test will be sent to you.
    • If YES, you are enrolled in the Talent Search and you wish to take Advanced SCAT for a second time, request a re-test through MyCTY or email ctyretest@jhu.edu. Include your child’s name, birth date, address, CTY student ID (if available), the name of the test (Advanced SCAT) and the date you took the test.
      • If NO, you will first need to obtain your eligibility number to register.  To obtain your eligibility number, login to MyCTY  or call 410.735.6277. Then download the test bulletin and follow the instructions for scheduling your appointment with Prometric. (If you live outside the US, please use the international test bulletin.)
      • If YES, and you wish to take Advanced SCAT for a second time, request a re-test through MyCTY  or email ctyretest@jhu.edu. Include your child’s name, birth date, address, CTY student ID (if available), the name of the text (Advanced SCAT) and the date you took the test.

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STB (Spatial Test Battery) – for math/science eligibility only.

The STB is a computer based test developed by CTY and administered by Prometric test centers. As of July 1, 2011, the STB can be used either as a stand-alone test or in combination with the SAT, ACT, or SCAT to qualify students for math and science courses. Please review STB eligibility requirements on our Eligibility Chart for Intensive Studies math and science courses. Information on the STB, including information on registering, can be found on the STB page.

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SAT or ACT

Some students take their original test again. Others may try a different test. For example, students who took the SAT sometimes decide to try the ACT. Register directly with College Board or ACT:

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PSAT

For program eligibility purposes only, if you have, or will have, scores from an official PSAT (these are administered only in October of each academic year*), you may fax a copy of the official score report to 410-735-6197 or email them to sum.elig@jhu.edu. To determine requirements, drop the last “zero” from the SAT score requirements for your child’s grade when tested. For example, for CTY Intensive Studies humanities and writing courses, a 9th grader needs a score of 610 Critical Reading on the SAT, or a score of 61 Critical Reading on the PSAT.

*Please Note: The College Board launched a redesigned PSAT-NMSQT in October 2015 and will launch a redesigned PSAT-10 in the spring of 2016. The information on these pages does not apply to these new tests. We will post information related to the redesigned PSATs on our website at a later date.

CTY will not be able to provide qualifying scores for the redesigned PSAT-NMSQT or PSAT-10 until the early fall of 2016. This means that students will not be able to use those scores for CTY 2015-16 online programs or 2016 summer courses. Students who wish to qualify for CTY programs in 2015-16 and 2016 summer should present scores from another test that CTY accepts. Please note that CTY does not anticipate accepting the PSAT 8/9 from students in 7th grade or above at any time. 

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Academic Explorations (Grades 7+)

Not eligible for the CTY Academic Explorations course(s) you would like to take?

Many students who do not at first qualify for the courses that most interest them do qualify on a subsequent attempt. Students may re-take the same test, or they may wish to try to qualify on a different test. Please click on the test name for more information.

Advanced SCAT

As of November 2010, the Center for Talented Youth is, on a pilot basis, accepting the School and College Abilities Test, or SCAT, for students in grades 7 through 10 who wish to qualify for the Center's Summer Programs and online courses. Eligibility for students who qualify under the pilot will be valid until the student reaches the maximum age for the particular program or course. You may view required scores here.

The Advanced SCAT test is shorter (under an hour), compared to the SAT or the ACT (3-4 hours), and is offered on a computer at your nearest Prometric test center. Instead of waiting for a specific test day, as required for the SAT or ACT, you can schedule the test at a time convenient for your child and you.

Instructions for taking the SCAT are different based on the student’s grade and whether or not the student has already taken the SCAT this academic year.

  • 9th and 10th Grade Students:  Please read more information on the SCAT for 9th-12th graders.
  • 7th or 8th Grade Students: Have you enrolled in the current year's Talent Search?
    • If NO, you must enroll now in order to take the Advanced SCAT. Visit CTY Talent Search for instructions on how to enroll in the Talent Search. Instructions for registering for the test will be sent to you.
    • If YES, you are enrolled in the Talent Search and you wish to take Advanced SCAT for a second time, request a re-test through MyCTY or email ctyretest@jhu.edu. Include your child’s name, birth date, address, CTY student ID (if available), the name of the test (Advanced SCAT) and the date you took the test.
      • If YES, and you wish to take Advanced SCAT for a second time, request a re-test through MyCTY  or email ctyretest@jhu.edu. Include your child’s name, birth date, address, CTY student ID (if available), the name of the text (Advanced SCAT) and the date you took the test.
      • If NO, you will first need to obtain your eligibility number to register. To obtain your eligibility number, login to MyCTY or call 410-735-6277. Then download the test bulletin and follow the instructions for scheduling your appointment with Prometric. (If you live outside the US, please use the international test bulletin.)

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STB (Spatial Test Battery) – for math/science eligibility only.

The STB is a computer based test developed by CTY and administered by Prometric test centers. As of July 1, 2011, the STB can be used either as a stand-alone test or in combination with the SAT, ACT, or SCAT to qualify students for math and science courses. Please review STB eligibility requirements on our Eligibility Chart for Academic Explorations math and science courses. Information on testing, including information on registering, can be found on the STB page.

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SAT or ACT

Some students take their original test again. Others may try a different test. For example, students who took the SAT sometimes decide to try the ACT. Register directly with College Board or ACT:

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PSAT

For program eligibility purposes only, if you have, or will have, scores from an official PSAT (these are administered only in October of each academic year*), you may fax a copy of the official score report to 410-735-6197 or email them to sum.elig@jhu.edu. To determine requirements, drop the last “zero” from the SAT score requirements for your child’s grade when tested. For example, for CTY Academic Explorations humanities and writing courses, a 9th grader needs a score of 510 Critical Reading on the SAT, or a score of 51 Critical Reading on the PSAT.

*Please Note: The College Board launched a redesigned PSAT-NMSQT in October 2015 and will launch a redesigned PSAT-10 in the spring of 2016. The information on these pages does not apply to these new tests. We will post information related to the redesigned PSATs on our website at a later date.

CTY will not be able to provide qualifying scores for the redesigned PSAT-NMSQT or PSAT-10 until the early fall of 2016. This means that students will not be able to use those scores for CTY 2015-16 online programs or 2016 summer courses. Students who wish to qualify for CTY programs in 2015-16 and 2016 summer should present scores from another test that CTY accepts. Please note that CTY does not anticipate accepting the PSAT 8/9 from students in 7th grade or above at any time. 

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Young Students (Grades 5-6)

Not eligible for the CTY Young Students course(s) you would like to take?

Many children who do not at first qualify for the courses that most interest them do qualify on a subsequent attempt. Please click on the test name for more information.

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Spatial Test Battery (STB) – for math/science eligibility only and 5th and 6th Grade Testers only

The STB is a computer based spatial ability test developed by CTY and administered by Prometric Test Centers. As of July 1, 2011, students can use the STB as a stand-alone test or in combination with the SCAT to qualify to take math and science courses. Please review our Eligibility Chart for information on required STB scores. Information on testing, including information on registering, can be found on the STB page. 

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Current Year Talent Search Participants – SCAT Retests (2nd- 6th Grade Testers)

Students may take the SCAT up to two times per Talent Search year. To request a retest, login to MyCTY, or submit a request to the email, fax, or mailing address below. Include your child’s name, birth date, address, CTY student ID (if available), the name of the test (SCAT), and the date you took the test. A new SCAT registration bulletin will be mailed to you. Requests must be submitted by May 31.

Email: ctyretest@jhu.edu
Fax: 410-735-6220

SCAT Retest
CTY Talent Search
Johns Hopkins University
McAuley Hall
5801 Smith Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

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Previous Year Talent Search Participants – SCAT Retests (2nd- 6th Grade Testers)

Students who tested as part of a previous year’s Talent Search must enter the current year Talent Search in order to retest. Please complete Talent Search Online Application to register online. Students may take the SCAT up to two times in any given Talent Search year.

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