Davidson Young Scholars - Qualification Criteria


Davidson Young ScholarsThe Davidson Young Scholars Qualification Criteria was developed to identify the extreme end of the gifted population. In order to qualify for the Young Scholars program an applicant’s scores must meet or exceed the criteria listed below.  Test reports are reviewed in the context of the entire application to determine eligibility. At least one of the tests submitted must have been administered no more than two years prior to the application date.

Please note: The Davidson Institute is unable to advise parents as to whether or not their child’s scores will qualify them for the Young Scholars program outside of the context of a complete application. Potential applicants are encouraged to compare their scores to those listed below, keeping in mind that applicants must meet or exceed the criteria in two out of the three options listed.

 
Two of the following three options are required:

Option #1 Individually Administered IQ Test: A full written report for an individually administered IQ (intelligence) test with at least one qualifying score from the tests listed below. A full written report often includes the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, summary and explanation of findings, and recommendations.
Please note: Test reports must be uploaded in the Online Application System as PDF files.

ACCEPTED INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED IQ TESTS

Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet-V or Stanford-Binet-IV (SB-V or SB-IV) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Verbal, Non-Verbal or Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, General Ability Index (GAI), or Full Scale
Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence–III or Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence–IV (WPPSI-III or WPPSI-IV) Standard score 150+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Verbal, Performance or Full Scale
Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery-III (WJ-III Cog) Standard score 150+ (99.9th percentile) on General Intellectual Ability
Differential Abilities Scale-II (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: General Conceptual Ability, Verbal Ability, or Nonverbal Reasoning


Option #2 Individually Administered Achievement Testing or Talent Search/College Placement Test: A full written report or complete copies of an individually administered achievement or Talent Search/College Placement test with qualifying scores from the tests listed below. A full written report often includes the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, summary and explanation of findings, and recommendations. Please note: Test reports must be uploaded in the Online Application System as PDF files.

ACCEPTED INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-II (KTEA-II) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Reading, Math or Total Battery
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - II or Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT – II or WIAT - III) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Total Reading, Total Mathematics, Total Written Language, or Total Composite
Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement-III (WJ-III Ach) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following sections: Broad Reading, Broad Math, Broad Written Language, or Total Achievement

ACCEPTED TALENT SEARCH/COLLEGE PLACEMENT TESTS
Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
SAT
http://sat.collegeboard.com/home

SAT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Verbal/Crit. Reading 590 630 650 700
Math 630 680 700 720
Combined 1220 1310 1350 1420
At least one of the scores listed must meet the minimum score criteria defined above. The Combined score does not include writing.

ACT
http://www.actstudent.org/

ACT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
English 26 28 30 32
Math 25 27 30 33
Reading 28 30 32 34
Science Reasoning 24 26 28 30
Composite 24 26 28 30
The composite score plus two subject test scores must meet the minimum score criteria

Explore
http://www.actstudent.org/explore/

SAT Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
English 16 19 22 23
Math 14 16 18 21
Reading 16 18 21 23
Science Reasoning 16 18 20 22
Composite 15 17 20 22
The composite score plus two subject test scores must meet the minimum score criteria


OPTION #3
A portfolio of work samples: A portfolio consists of at least four academic work samples that clearly demonstrate the applicant’s advanced abilities in academic areas of strength including math, writing, reading, science, or social studies. Please submit independent work that is completed without the assistance of teachers or parents. The Review Committee prefers handwritten examples as they allow them to better gauge ability and independence. Typed work with grades and teacher comments can be included as scanned PDF files. Work must be at least 2-3 grade levels above age peers to qualify for the Young Scholars Program. Videos demonstrating the applicant’s academic abilities can also be submitted as *.wmv files no larger than 75MB (video help page). Please include the applicant’s age and grade level at the time of completion, as well as the circumstances of the work (i.e. if it was completed independently or as part of a school project, how many times the work was revised, how and why the applicant completed this particular piece of work, etc.). All work samples must be uploaded in the Online Application System as PDFs.

*Applicants must meet or exceed the qualification criteria on two of the three options outlined above
to qualify for the Young Scholars program.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions about the Young Scholars program and application process.

Qualifying Test and Score Guidelines last updated August 2009
This page last Updated April 2013
THIS GUIDE MAY NOT BE REPRINTED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT.


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