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CTY Eligibility Policy

Assessment is at the heart of CTY activities because it identifies and characterizes the academically advanced student population that our programs are designed to serve. CTY is committed to a rigorous approach to assessment so we can provide academically advanced students with the appropriate level of challenge in our programs.

Core Principles

CTY’s eligibility policy is grounded in four core principles. They are:

  1. Transparency: CTY’s eligibility policy and procedures aim to be transparent and fair to all students who test.
  2. Consistency: CTY believes test scores must be used in a manner that is consistent within and across tests, taking into account the way a given test or test version is scaled.
  3. Data-consciousness: The available data on the tests CTY accepts should be used whenever possible to help define the appropriate score ranges for CTY programs.
  4. Domain-specificity: CTY recognizes that not all kinds of advanced learning are the same, and the eligibility system is built to allow for those differences to more appropriately match students to opportunities.

Assessment Process

Eligibility for CTY summer and online programs is based on results of above-grade level assessments. Above grade level assessments are appropriate for students achieving near the top of on-grade assessments. Results provide data to inform greater differentiation of academic experiences in and outside of school.

Eligibility Levels

Results of above-grade level assessments may confer the following eligibility levels:

  • Advanced CTY Level: test scores that reflect ability approximately four grade levels above the current enrolled grade.
  • CTY Level: test scores that reflect ability approximately two grade levels above the current enrolled grade.

Eligibility criteria are defined for each grade band from grades 2-9. A single set of criteria applies for all students in the 9th grade and above. Levels are determined separately for Math/Quantitative/Spatial scores and Verbal/Reading scores.

Each summer or online course will indicate the required eligibility level. Some CTY opportunities are open to all on-grade high achievers, regardless of above-grade level assessments or results.

How to read the following tables:

  1. Identify whether the test was taken in the first half of the year (July 1-December 31) or second half (January 1-June 30).
  2. Find the appropriate tables for the time of year (spring or fall).
  3. Identify student’s grade at time of test and use student’s grade to find eligibility levels in table.
  4. Course and/or program materials will specify which opportunities require each of the levels along with any additional requirements such as age, grade, and prerequisites. Review course listings for details.

Advanced CTY Level Scores

Student Tested in Fall: July 1 - December 31

Grade at TestMath/Science  Humanities/Writing 
 QuantMathMath VerbEBRWRead
2443   438  
3448   443  
4458   448  

Student Tested in Spring: January 1 - June 30

Grade at TestMath/Science  Humanities/Writing 
 QuantMathMath VerbEBRWRead
2445   440  
3450   445  
4465   450  

CTY Level Scores

Student Tested in Fall: July 1 - December 31

Grade at TestMath/Science  Humanities/Writing 
 QuantMathMath VerbEBRWRead
2433   428  
3438   433  
4445   438  

Student Tested in Spring: January 1 - June 30

Grade at TestMath/Science  Humanities/Writing 
 QuantMathMath VerbEBRWRead
2435   430  
3440   435  
4450   440  

Eligibility Calendar

In order to align test scores with a student’s expected academic content exposure level as they progress through the academic year, eligibility scores are adjusted at six-month intervals. Test scores are broken into two windows for each year: July 1-December 31 and January 1-June 30.

Eligibility Expiration

Once eligibility is achieved, it does not expire. Students may retest to achieve a higher eligibility level, but retesting is not required to maintain a given level of eligibility.

Program Requirements

Various CTY programs and individual courses may have additional requirements beyond the levels defined by the eligibility policy (e.g., prerequisites, combined eligibility in math and verbal, minimum and maximum age and grade, etc.).

Revisions to Score Criteria

CTY constantly monitors the performance of the eligibility tests and the rigor of our course offerings. Specific score criteria may be revised annually.

Tests Accepted for Eligibility

At this time, CTY accepts the following tests for eligibility. As with the scores themselves, the accepted tests are regularly evaluated and are subject to change.

  • School and College Ability Test (SCAT): Available to students in grade 2 and above
    • Quant = Quantitative subtest
    • Verb = Verbal subtest
  • SAT Suite: SAT, PSAT10, and PSAT8/9. Most appropriate for students in grades 5-12
    • Math = Math subtest score
    • EBRW = Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score
    • Read = Reading subscore

Note: The College Board placed these tests on the same scoring scale in 2016; all are accepted for CTY courses. However, the Study of Exceptional Talent’s research design requires that students have SAT scores.

  • Spatial Test Battery (STB): Test of spatial ability, most appropriate for students in grades 5-8
  • ACT: Most appropriate for grades 5-12
    • Math = Math subtest score
    • Read = Reading subtest score

Visit MyCTY to review your child's CTY eligibility.

If you have questions about eligibility, review CTY eligibility information or call 410-735-6277.

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