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Talent Search Testing - ACT

ACT Test Registration Material

The ACT a is a standardized multiple choice test usually used by colleges and universities to objectively determine students readiness for the rigors of college studies. Most students take this test in high school. As used by CTY, the ACT provides more information about a child’s mathematical and reading/verbal strengths. How is this? The ACT establishes a much higher “ceiling” than the grade-level exams children normally take. A child who tests in higher percentiles of the ACT is a very good candidate for more challenging course work and other modifications to a school curriculum. Such information should have a great impact on the future educational pathways.


Test fee: $39.50
Test length: 3 ½ to 4 hours
36 possible points
4 sections (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science)
Note: CTY only considers the Mathematics and Reading sections for awards and course eligibility.
Optional Writing Test
No penalty for guessing

  • Locate ACT test centers
  • If your child is 13 years of age or older, you can register for the ACT online.
  • Students under 13 must use the following test registration material:
  • When selecting reporting options, be sure to select "Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth" and/or reporting code "5334". Failure to indicate CTY in the registration will result in your child's scores NOT being transmitted to CTY.
  • Preparing for the ACT booklet which contains:
    • full-length practice tests (including a writing test)
    • information about the optional writing test
    • strategies to prepare for the tests
    • what to expect on test day