The Davidson Young Scholars Qualification Criteria was developed to identify students at the extreme end of the gifted continuum, which is the population served by the Young Scholars program. The criteria for individually administered tests typically represent scores in the 99.9th percentile.
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In efforts to obtain a current snapshot of the applicant’s intellectual and academic abilities, it is preferred that accepted tests be administered within two years of the application. Accepted tests must:
Do you have testing administered more than two years ago? We will consider testing administered up to four years prior to the application on an individual basis if the student was at least 6 years old at the time of testing. The full test report must be accompanied by current academic work samples or videos as described below under Supplemental Information.
Can other tests be accepted in place of the tests listed below? No. Eligibility can only be determined by submitting one of the accepted tests listed here. If you have an additional test, please review the Supplemental Information section below.
OPTION #1 - INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED IQ TESTS
- INDIVIDUALLY ADMINISTERED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
TALENT SEARCH/COLLEGE PLACEMENT TESTS
Information included here will not add substantially to the review committee’s decision, nor override test scores that fall significantly below the Minimum Score Guidelines listed above. However, this additional information may assist the review committee in better understanding the applicant’s abilities.
A maximum of SIX of the following documents may be uploaded in this section of the application. Academic work samples or videos, which MUST include detailed information about each item. For example, the title and grade level of workbooks used, whether a work sample was edited several times or is a first draft, if the work was completed independently or was revised based on parent or teacher feedback, and the age and grade level at the time the work was completed.
Strong work samples include:
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.