Our test options vary by grade level. Here’s an overview of tests we accept:
School and College Ability Test (SCAT): This test is open to CTY students in grades 2-12. It is typically a computer-based, timed, multiple-choice quantitative and verbal assessment. The two sections each run 22 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between. 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. Learn more and register.
Online SCAT: The Online SCAT is available for students to take anytime at home on their desktop or laptop computer (Chromebooks excluded.) This test is open to CTY students in grades 2-12. It is a timed, multiple-choice quantitative and verbal assessment. The two sections each run 22 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between. Test scores are typically available within 14 days. Learn more and register.
Spatial Test Battery (STB): Open to CTY students in grades 5-12, the STB is typically a computer-based test that addresses a unique skill set. It provides information about students’ spatial reasoning abilities, which are important in fields of study such as math, science, engineering, and computer science. Learn more and register.
PSAT™ 8/9: Open to CTY 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. It is offered on specific dates during the school year. It’s a good option for students who want a preview of the SAT. Learn more. Please note, the PSAT 8/9 cannot be considered for CTY eligibility for students in grades 8+.
ACT: A timed, paper-and-pencil-based, English, math, reading and science assessment, the ACT is open to CTY students in grades 7-12. It is designed to show what students have learned and predict how they will do in college. It’s a good choice for students who seek early exposure to this college admissions assessment. Learn more.
SAT®: The SAT is a timed paper-and-pencil-based reading, writing, and math assessment with optional essay. CTY students in grades 7-12 can take the SAT to gain eligibility for CTY programs. Learn more.
CTY also accepts students’ scores from a variety of tests that students may have already taken at school or for other academic purposes. Learn more.