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Talent Search Testing

Testing Information and Options

New! Remote Testing with CTY
CTY is now offering 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 be enrolled in CTY's Talent Search, which you can do 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 today.

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 2–12, 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.

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

Note: One-step registration for SAT will begin in late August 2020.
*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 9/9

Test Date

CTY Deadline

January 9, 2021

December 1, 2020

February 13, 2021

January 14, 2021

February 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Note: One-step registration for PSAT 8/9 will open in fall 2020.
Registration for PSAT 8/9 is closed for the 2019-2020 school year.


> 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: