The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is a gifted education program for school-age children founded in 1979 by psychologist Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University.
CTY at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers a variety of resources to gifted students. These resources include summer programs and courses, online individually paced and session based courses and much more.
Gift students who would like to learn over and above what their regular school education has to offer can take advantage of the resources offered at CTY.
The first step is to register for the talent search followed by signing up for one of the gifted assessment tests options. The SCAT test is now online and can be taken remotely from home and with our full length practice test for the intermediate SCAT kids can be confident to qualify for the Advanced CTY courses.
To learn more about CTY at JHU and more about their testing visit Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
To purchase a full length SCAT practice test go here.
What is the SCAT Test (School and College Ability Test)
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.
CTY uses three levels of the SCAT:
Students in grades 2-3 take the Elementary SCAT designed for students in grades 4-5.
Students in grades 4-5 take the Intermediate SCAT designed for students in grades 6-8.
Students in grades 6 and above take the Advanced SCAT designed for students in grades 9-12.
Online Remote Test Format
The SCAT has two sections, verbal and quantitative. Each section contains 50 questions. Students get 20 minutes for each section with a 10 minute optional break between the two sections.
The verbal section measures a student’s understanding of the meaning of words and verbal reasoning ability. Verbal questions are multiple-choice analogies, which require a student to choose the best pair of words to complete an analogy. Often, there may appear to be more than one answer that fits the analogy, but the correct answer is the one that best completes the analogy.
The quantitative section measures a student’s mathematical reasoning ability and thus often does not require computation. The quantitative questions are multiple-choice mathematical comparisons, which require a student to compare two mathematical quantities and determine which is greater, whether the two values are equal, or for the older students, if enough information is given to determine an answer at all.