Testing With CTY

Identifying your child’s unique talents through testing with our Talent Search is the first step toward matching them with an appropriate challenge. We offer a range of tests to fit your needs and learning goals.

All of our testing is done above grade level, meaning that prospective CTYers will either take versions of these tests meant for higher grades or have their scores compared against those of older test-takers.

When deciding which test to take, it’s important to consider:

  • Your young scholar’s grade level
  • The CTY course they intend to take

  • Their particular talents and challenges

  • Whether they’d like to practice taking a college entrance exam

The test results then determine their eligibility level, opening up access to courses that best fit their individual strengths. Testing accommodations are available upon request.
 

Eligibility

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SCAT

The School and College Ability Test (SCAT) is a multiple-choice test usually taken on a computer. With its short testing time and flexible scheduling, it’s a great option if you’re looking to qualify for CTY programs on a deadline.

Grades 2-12
< 1 hour
Take at a Prometric center
Receive results 
48 hours after test
Computer-based
Verbal and 
quantitative skills

Online SCAT

The School and College Ability Test (SCAT) is a multiple-choice test usually taken on a computer. With its short testing time and flexible scheduling, it’s a great option if you’re looking to qualify for CTY programs on a deadline.

Grades 2-12
< 1 hour
Take at home
Receive results 
in 7 to 10 business days
Computer-based
Verbal and 
quantitative skills

PSAT 8 / 9

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a multiple-choice and grid-in test taken on paper. As the precursor to the SAT, it’s also a great way to get a preview of that suite of tests.

Grades 5-8
2.5-3 hours
Administered by
 College Board
Receive results 
6 weeks after test
Paper-based
Reading, writing,
 and math skills

SAT

The SAT is a multiple-choice and grid-in test taken on paper with an optional essay section. It’s used across the globe to assess readiness for college, making it a good choice if you are looking for practice. Students 13 years of age and older can also use it to qualify for our Study of Exceptional Talent.

Grades 7-12
3-4 hours
Administered by
 College Board
Receive results 
6 weeks after test
Paper-based
Reading, writing,
 and math skills

ACT

The ACT is a multiple-choice test taken on paper with an optional essay section. It’s used primarily in the U.S. to assess readiness for college, making it a good choice if you are looking for practice.

Grades 7-8
3-4 hours
Administered 
by ACT
Receive results 
3–7 weeks after test
Paper-based
English, reading, math,
and science skills

STB

The Spatial Test Battery (STB) is a unique multiple-choice test usually taken on a computer. It focuses on spatial reasoning—a useful skillset in STEM courses that is often missed by traditional testing.

Grades 5-12
1.5-2 hours
Take at a Prometric center
Receive results 
48 hours after test
Computer-based
Spatial reasoning skills