CTY is committed to a rigorous approach to assessment so we can provide academically advanced students with the appropriate level of challenge in our programs. We already allow students who score within a few points of the minimum cut-off scores to participate in our programs; that exception is built into our eligibility policy, and families of near-qualified students are notified of this eligibility along with their test scores. Therefore we do not grant any further exceptions, as we do not wish to set up a student for failure in a CTY course and we are committed to having a fair and consistent process for all students to follow to establish eligibility.

We do allow students to retest once per academic year. Visit MyCTY to learn more about scheduling a retest.

We understand that many parents are scrambling to find online-learning options to supplement their children’s schooling this year. Our CTY Family Academic Programs are open to all students and their families; no minimum test scores are required, and more fun virtual programs are coming soon. 

You may also be interested in these other CTY resources for bright kids and their families:

· CTY’s free live and recorded webinars for parents and students cover topics like wellness; resilience; Giving Feeling and Movement Back to Amputees; and Juggling, Robots, and the Brain.
· CTY’s Bright Now Blog and Bright Now Podcast for parents and educators of bright kids explores topics like anxiety, tips for online learning, ways to get kids to love reading, creativity, and the college search.
· Our annual CTY Reading List features good books for bright kids of all ages.

We hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have other questions, either via email or by calling 410-735-6277 or 6278 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.


CTY is also accepting students’ scores from a variety of tests that students may have already taken at school or for other academic purposes, for a testing pilot study running Feb. 1 through June 30, 2021. Learn more.