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Talent Search Testing

NEW! Testing Pilot
From February 1 - June 30, 2021, 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

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.

Existing Test Scores

If you already have eligible SAT, PSAT 8/9 or ACT scores, log into MyCTY and upload your scores for review and program eligibility.

  • Log into MyCTY as a parent
  • In the menu, choose attach files
  • Click attachment type, scroll down and choose Test Scores

Remote Testing

CTY now offers an online version of the School College and Ability Test (SCAT) that you can take from home! To take advantage of remote testing, you must enroll in CTY's Talent Search by filling out an online application. If you're already enrolled in the current Talent Search year, please log into your MyCTY account to register for the online SCAT.

In-Person Testing Options

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 test dates).

> School and College Ability Test (SCAT)

Open to students in grades 2–12, 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.


> SAT

Open to students in grades 7–12. 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.

If you live outside the United States email ctytalentsearch@jhu.edu for a paper copy of the registration. You will not be able to register for the SAT through MyCTY.

2020-2021 SAT

SAT Test Date

CTY Registration Deadline

October 3, 2020

September 2, 2020

November 7, 2020

October 6, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 2, 2020

March 13, 2021

February 9, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 6, 2021

June 5, 2021

May 3, 2021

Please review SAT test center closings list before you register your student for an upcoming test.

*Parents of students who are under 10 years old must send an email to ctytalentsearch@jhu.edu 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.

2020-2021 PSAT 8/9
The College Board has canceled all PSAT 8/9 weekend administrations for Talent Search students because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This includes test administrations scheduled on January 9, February 13, and February 14, 2021.

CTY will be granting a full refund of the PSAT 8/9 test fee to all families who registered.


> ACT

The ACT is a timed, paper-and-pencil-based, English, math, reading and science assessment open to students in grades 7-12. 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 5–12, 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.


> Testing for Students in East Asia

Testing options for students in East Asia include: