School and College Ability Test

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The School and College Ability Test (SCAT), is a standardized test conducted in the United States that measures math and verbal reasoning abilities in gifted children.

About[edit]

The SCAT is used by the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) as an above-grade-level entrance exam for students in grades 2–8. 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. [1] There are 55 questions per section, 5 of which are experimental.[1] The percentile ranks for the SCAT have not been updated since 1979. So, when your child takes this test, your child is being compared to a national sample of children who took the test in 1979.[2]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the test requires a 95th percentile or higher score on a national standardized exam or a teacher recommendation with exceptional grades.[3] gdpr

Scoring[edit]

Scoring is based on a three-step process in which a child's raw score is scaled based on the test version and then compared to the results of the test scores of normal students in the higher-level grade. Please keep in mind that the group of normal students took this test in 1979. So, your child's percentile ranks could be different if compared to a more recent group of test takers. [4] The minimum scores required for qualification for the 2nd to 10th grade CTY summer courses are below:[5][6]

  • Grade 2 ≥ 430 SCAT Verbal or 435 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 3 ≥ 435 SCAT Verbal or 440 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 4 ≥ 440 SCAT Verbal or 450 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 5 ≥ 445 SCAT Verbal or 465 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 6 ≥ 450 SCAT Verbal or 470 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 7 ≥ 455 SCAT Verbal or 475 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 8 ≥ 460 SCAT Verbal or 480 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 9 ≥ 465 SCAT Verbal or 485 SCAT Quantitative
  • Grade 10 ≥ 470 SCAT Verbal or 490 SCAT Quantitative

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beighley, Jennifer. cty.jhu.edu Search Testing - School and College Ability Test (SCAT) | JHU CTY https://cty.jhu.edu/talent/testing/about/scat.html//title=Talent Search Testing - School and College Ability Test (SCAT) | JHU CTY Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2016-06-08. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ ETS School and College Ability Test technical reference guide 2nd edition
  3. ^ Beighley, Jennifer. "Identify Students | JHU CTY". cty.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  4. ^ "SCAT Test Scores - Understand Your Child's Scores - TestPrep-Online". www.testprep-online.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  5. ^ User, Administrative. "Eligibility | JHU CTY". cty.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  6. ^ User, Administrative. "Eligibility | JHU CTY". cty.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-08.

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