Davidson Young Scholars - Qualification Criteria


Davidson Young ScholarsAs the Davidson Young Scholars Qualification Criteria was developed to identify the extreme end of the gifted population, the scores listed below are considered to be the minimum in terms of eligibility requirements. Such information is always evaluated in the context of the rest of the application and supporting materials, so that we may determine goodness of fit between what a family is looking for and what we have to offer in the context of our services. In order to qualify for the Young Scholars program, an applicant’s scores must meet or exceed the criteria listed below in two out of the three options. Please include a complete written report in its entirety for individually administered IQ (intelligence) and achievement tests. A full written report often includes the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, explanation of findings, and recommendations. Test reports must be uploaded in the Online Application System as PDF files.

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.

Two of the following three options are required. At least one of the tests must have been administered within two years of the application.

OPTION #1

ACCEPTED INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED IQ TESTS

Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB5) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Verbal, Nonverbal or Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC - IV) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, General Ability Index (GAI) or Full Scale
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth Edition (WPPSI - IV) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Nonverbal, General Ability Index (GAI) or Full Scale
Woodcock-Johnson III NU Tests of Cognitive Abilities Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on General Intellectual Ability
Differential Ability Scales-II (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Verbal Ability, Nonverbal Reasoning or General Conceptual Ability


OPTION #2

ACCEPTED INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA - II) Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Reading Composite, Math Composite, Written Language Composite or Comprehensive Achievement Composite
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Third Edition
(WIAT - III)
Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: Total Reading Composite, Mathematics Composite, Written Expression Composite or Total Achievement Composite
Woodcock-Johnson III NU Tests of Achievement Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least one of the following: 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 640 700 720 750
Math 660 720 740 760
Combined 1300 1420 1460 1510
Must meet or exceed on at least one of the scores listed above. The Combined score does not include writing.

ACT
http://www.actstudent.org/

ACT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
English 26 30 33 34
Math 23 28 32 33
Reading 28 31 33 34
Science Reasoning 24 28 31 32
Composite 24 28 31 32
Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above.

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

SAT Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
English 19 21 23 24
Math 16 18 21 24
Reading 18 19 22 24
Science Reasoning 18 20 23 24
Composite 17 19 21 23
Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above.


OPTION #3


PORTFOLIO OF ACADEMIC WORK SAMPLES

Please submit four academic work samples clearly demonstrating the applicant’s advanced abilities in areas such as math, writing, reading, science or social studies working two to three grade levels above age peers. Portfolio items should be independent work that is completed without the assistance of teachers or parents. Schoolwork with grades and teacher comments can be included. 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. Please do not submit certificates, awards, artwork or non-academic samples as these cannot be used to evaluate a child’s advanced thinking and problem-solving skills within the context of an application.

The portfolio can include one or more videos demonstrating the applicant’s academic abilities. Videos should consist of the applicant discussing an area of interest, demonstrating advanced comprehension of academic material (science, mathematics, literature, etc.) or presenting a project that is at least two to three grade levels above age peers. All video files must be uploaded in the Online Application System as *.wmv files no larger than 75MB (video help page). 



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 2014
This page last Updated August 2014
THIS GUIDE MAY NOT BE REPRINTED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT.


Back to Young Scholars Home

Email this Page Email this Page