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Talent Search Testing

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.

2019-2020 SAT

SAT Test Date

CTY Registration Deadline

August 24, 2019

July 25, 2019

October 5, 2019

September 5, 2019

November 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

December 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

March 14, 2020

February 13, 2020

May 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

June 6, 2020

May 7, 2020

*Parents of students who are under 10 years old must send an email to 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. Registration for PSAT 8/9 is closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Dates for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in fall 2020.


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.

> Testing for Students in East Asia

Testing options for students in East Asia include: