Participating in CTY’s Talent Search is an achievement in itself. Receiving a qualifying score can earn your bright young learner an invitation to one of our recognition ceremonies or the opportunity to enroll in our engaging summer and online programs.
Test options vary by grade level. Here’s what you need to know about the assessments CTY accepts (select "Fees and Deadlines" in the left menu for costs and important dates).
> School and College Ability Test (SCAT)
Open to students in grades 2-8, the SCAT is typically a computer-based, timed, multiple-choice, quantitative and verbal assessment. With a short testing time and flexible scheduling, the SCAT is a convenient option for families looking to qualify for CTY programs on a deadline.
The SAT is a timed paper-and-pencil-based reading, writing, and math assessment with optional essay that’s used globally as a predictor of college and career readiness. It is open to Talent Search students in grades 7-8*. The SAT is a good choice for students who seek early exposure to the SAT and want to potentially qualify for CTY’s Study of Exceptional Talent, which provides resources and support to exceptionally bright students. Registering for the SAT through MyCTY ensures that scores are reported by College Board directly to CTY.
*Parents of students who are under 10 years old must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper registration packet.
> PSAT 8/9
Open to Talent Search students in grades 5-6, the PSAT 8/9 is a timed, paper-and-pencil-based, reading, writing, and math assessment that establishes a baseline measure of college and career readiness. The PSAT 8/9 is a good option for students who want a preview of the SAT suite of tests. Registering students in grades 5-6 for the PSAT 8/9 is available only through MyCTY.
The ACT is a timed, paper-and-pencil-based, English, math, reading and science assessment open to CTY Talent Search students in grades 7-8. It is designed to show what students have learned and predict how they will do in college. The ACT is a good choice for students who seek early exposure to this college admissions assessment.
> Spatial Test Battery (STB)
Open to students in grades 5 through 8, the STB is typically a computer-based test that addresses a unique skill set. Developed by CTY, it provides information about students’ spatial reasoning abilities, which are important in fields of study such as math, science, engineering, and computer science.