School and College Ability Test (SCAT)

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.

Verbal Section

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.

Quantitative Section

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.

Sample Questions from CTY SCAT test

Elementary SCAT Sample

Intermediate SCAT Sample

Advanced SCAT Sample