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Talent Search: Start Here

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The first step to enrollment in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth begins with our Talent Search. Through above grade-level testing, CTY will help you discover whether our programs and services are right for your child—and find the appropriate level of challenge to inspire your advanced learner.

NEW! Testing Pilot
From February 1 - June 30, 2022, CTY is running a pilot program to conduct research on test identification methods, and will accept qualifying scores from a number of tests commonly administered at U.S. schools. Learn more

Grades 2-8Grades 9-12

About Talent Search

Through an advanced assessment, CTY can identify your child's strengths and an appropriate level of challenge.


Receiving a qualifying score can earn your student the opportunity to enroll in summer and online programs.

Apply Now

Apply to CTY using the Talent Search application form if you want to test for eligibility.

One Parent's Journey Through Talent Search

Kristen Chase and her 13-year old daughter, Quinlan"Prior to my daughter starting middle school, I decided to have her tested by a local educational psychologist to see what school would be the best fit for her. Even though she had not qualified for her current school’s gifted program, I wanted to have her tested in a different environment, as well as gain more insight into her learning style."

News and Upcoming Deadlines

  • Find out more about CTY and our programs though a short video presentation, “Learn About CTY.” This YouTube playlist provides an English version of the presentation, as well as versions in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.