For more information about a specific program, please see the corresponding web sites linked below. Below the table is a map of test availability by state.
Academic Talent Search (ATS)
Qualifying exam offered at area schools. See website for details.
Varies by program
ATS Qualifying Exam; pre-registration required
Eligible students will be able to participate in Saturday and summer classes.
University of California - Irvine
Academic Talent Search
Application available online; test dates vary - see website for details.
Eligible students will receive information and scholarship consideration to the UCI precollege programs and other academic enrichment programs (must participate to receive information on these.)
University of Iowa
Belin & Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS)
All that offer test
Deadlines vary according to test taken; see website for details.
4-6: EXPLORE7-9: SAT or ACT
Eligible students will have access to pre-college programs that are held during the academic year on Saturdays and during the week over summer break.
Western Kentucky University
Center for Gifted Studies
Applications taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; capped at 180 students.
SCATS: Currently in grades 6-8
VAMPY: Currently in grades 7-10
SCATS: requires application to be signed by educatorVAMPY: requires application and ACT and SAT scores
Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in summer programs.
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
AK,AZ CA,CT DE,HI ME,MD MA,NH NJ,NY OR,PA RI,VT VA,WA WV,DC
See website for details.
2-6: SCAT 7-8: SAT or ACT
Eligible students will have access to summer programs, online resources, writing, and math tutorials.
University of Southern Mississippi
Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX (same as TIP)
Details for summer program on website.
Grades: Pre K– 12
Qualifying IQ score OR Achievement scores from list of accepted tests
Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in Saturday and summer programs.
Gifted Education Resource Institute
Deadlines vary by program; Registration available online.
Grades: Pre K-12; varies by program
Standardized testing or IQ
Accepted students will be participating in Super Saturday Programs and Super Summer Programs.
University of Washington
Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Early Entrance applications due in March; other program apps vary. Summer program information available in January.
Summer program serves grades: 5-10
Early Entrance requires ACT for 7-8; other program qualifications vary.
Accepted students can participate in a Summer Program. They are screened for the UW Early Entrance program as well as the Academy for Young Scholars.
Northwestern University (CTD)
Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
ND, SD, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, MN
Registration for testing available September. See website for details.Paper Registration Deadline: December.
3-6: Explore6-8: ACT or SAT 9: ACT
Eligible students will have access to Saturday, summer, and correspondence programs.
Program for Talented Youth (PTY)
Application for sessions available online; check website for updates.
SAT or ACT
Students who are eligible can participate in a weekend/overnight program, a Saturday Academy, and a three week residential summer program.
Talent Identification Program (TIP)
AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX
Grades 4&5: Registration available starting October.EXPLORE registration opens December.Grade 7: Application available now online; see website for details and SAT/ACT testing information and availability.
4-6: EXPLORE 7: SAT or ACT
Eligible students will have access to scholarships, academic summer programs, weekend programs, and distance learning programs.
Southern Methodist University
Talented & Gifted Program (TAG)
Accepted students have the opportunity to participate in summer programs and workshops geared toward gifted students.
Center for Bright Kids
Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) (formerly known as Rocky Mountain Talent Search)
CO, NV, ID, MT, NM, UT, WY
3-6: EXPLORE6-9: SAT or ACT
Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in a summer institute.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)*Must participate in Midwest Academic Talent Search (MATS)
Deadlines vary according to program; see website for specific details.
Varies by program
Vary according to specific program; see website for specific qualifications.
Eligible students may participate in online courses during the school year as well as academic and enrichment courses in the summer.
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