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Young Scholars: Eligibility and Testing

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Davidson Young Scholars program, applicants must:

  • Be 5 to 16 years old when the application is submitted, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States, and
  • Having documentation of current testing that meets our Testing Requirements.

The Davidson Young Scholars program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability.

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Testing Requirements

The Davidson Institute Review Committee is not able to determine whether a child qualifies for the Young Scholar program without a complete application, as testing information is evaluated in the context of the rest of the application materials.

As part of the application process for the Young Scholar program at least one of the following tests must be submitted:

  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales – Fifth Edition (SB5)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth or Fifth Edition (WISC-IV or WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities – Third Normative Update of Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Cog)
  • Differential Ability Scales – Second Edition (DAS-II)
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement – Second or Third Edition (KTEA – II or KTEA – 3)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition (WIAT – III)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement – Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III or WJ-IV Ach)
  • SAT
  • ACT
  •  PSAT 8/9

The only tests accepted are those listed above. To be considered, the following testing requirements must be met:

  • The official and complete testing report. All individually-administered intelligence and achievement testing reports must include a list of tests administered, the tester’s observations, test scores, explanation of findings, recommendations and the tester’s signature or license number. Talent search and college placement testing reports must include a copy of an official score report (either paper or electronic) from the organization who administered the test. This report must list the student’s testing or member ID number.
  • Testing should be less than two years old. Applicants must have been at least four years old when test was administered. If you are submitting testing that is more than two years old, a portfolio is required. For more information about what to include in the portfolio, see our Supplemental Information page.
  • Testing over four years old will not be considered. We will consider testing administered up to four years prior to the application if the student was at least six years old at the time of testing. Testing that is over four years old cannot be used to determine program eligibility.
  • Test scores must meet or exceed the qualification criteria listed below.

Qualification Criteria 

Individually-Administered Intelligence Tests

Test NameMinimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales - Fifth
Edition (SB5)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following: Verbal, Nonverbal, or Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition
(WISC-IV)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, General Ability Index (GAI), or Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition
(WISC-V)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following: Full Scale IQ Score (FSIQ), General Ability Index (GAI), Expanded General Ability Index (EGAI), Nonverbal Index (NVI), Verbal Expanded Crystallized Index (VECI), or Expanded Fluid Index (EFI)
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence -
Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following: General Ability Index (GAI), Full Scale, or Nonverbal

OR at least two of the following: Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial, or Fluid Reasoning
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities - Third
Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Cog)
Standard score 145+ on General Intellectual Ability (GIA)
Differential Ability Scales - Second Edition (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ on at least one of the following: Verbal Ability, Nonverbal Reasoning, or General Conceptual Ability

Individually-Administered Achievement Tests

Test NameMinimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement -
Second or Third Edition (KTEA-II or KTEA-3)
Standard score 145+ on at least two 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+ on at least two of the following: Total Reading Composite, Mathematics Composite, Written Expression Composite, or Total Achievement Composite
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement -
Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Ach)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following: Broad Reading, Broad Math, Broad Written Language, or Total Achievement

Talent Search/College Placement Tests

For tests administered during the summer (May-August), scores are compared to the grade that the student was enrolled in the spring. For example, if a student takes a test in June after completing Grade 6, the scores would be compared to Grade 6. If that same student took a test in August, the scores would still be compared to Grade 6.

SAT

SATGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10
EBRW620640690730750
Math630660710750780
Total12501300140014801530

Must meet or exceed on at least two of the scores listed above

ACT

ACTGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10
English2728313334
Math2627313334
Reading2829313332
Science Reasoning2527303233
Composite2527303233

Must meet or exceed on at least three of the scores listed above

PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6
EBWR440500560600
Math450470500570
Total87094010401140

Must meet or exceed on at least two of the scores listed above

Eligibility and Testing FAQs

For additional information on our application, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.