The Study of Exceptional Talent (SET)

The Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) provides counseling to students who have been identified as having advanced reasoning abilities and may not yet be ready to enter our nation's most selective colleges and universities, but who also may not be well served by the typical middle or high school curriculum. We also seek opportunities for SET members to meet intellectual peers who share their interests and abilities.

Our services focus mainly on SET members who have not yet graduated from high school, as we help them find resources and opportunities to be optimally challenged. As SET members enter college, graduate school, and the work force, CTY continues to be a resource for them, and they in turn become resources for younger SET members.

Precollege SET members receive the following benefits:

  • Access to educational counseling aimed at helping SET members find challenges through supplemental educational activities and flexible curricular programming.
  • Opportunities to connect with other SET members by organizing and/or attending informal local gatherings of SET families in members’ homes, where they can meet and interact with other SET members who live in their area—possibly leading to friendships among the students or advocacy efforts among the adults.

Eligibility

College Board is no longer allowing students under age 13 to take the SAT. Students who were registered for the SAT before June 30, 2021, are able to test by August 31, 2021, and meet the age and score cutoff requirements may submit their scores for admission to SET.

Before submitting scores to SET, students must join CTY.

Students qualify for SET by taking the SAT before age 13 and scoring 700 or higher on either the Math or Verbal (Critical Reading or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) test.

Students who take the SAT after they turn 13 may qualify by scoring an additional 10 points above 700 for each month after their 13th birthday, until the age of 14. Students age 14 and above are not eligible for SET.

Students are invited to join SET once CTY receives official notification of their SAT scores. Students must upload a copy of their official SAT score report in MyCTY to qualify. We welcome international students.

Counseling

SET provides counseling to its members upon request by phone, email, or in-person. SET members or parents who wish to speak with a SET counselor should email SET’s staff at setcty@jhu.edu. Our counseling focuses on finding solutions to problems presented by students, as we consider their individual strengths and weaknesses, interests and motivation, and available resources in the school and community. SET’s staff can also help with school and college choice, identify strong summer programs and extracurricular opportunities, and help address social, emotional, or learning issues, and more.

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Email: setcty@jhu.edu

Mail:
Study of Exceptional Talent JHU/CTY
5801 Smith Avenue, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21209-3611