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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. The only tests accepted are those listed below. 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 no more than four years old. Applicants must have been at least four years old when test was administered. We will consider testing administered up to four years prior to the application. 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.

Individually-Administered Intelligence Tests

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 - 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)

 

OR Standard score of 145+ on at least two of the following: VCI, VSI, FRI, QRI

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 Standard score of 145+ on 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

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 or Fourth Edition (WIAT-III or WIAT-IV)

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

Portfolio Requirement

If you are submitting testing that is PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores, you must submit a minimum of three (3) work samples as described in the Portfolio Requirements.

If you are submitting PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores and do not also submit three (3) work samples, your application will be considered incomplete and won’t be reviewed until it is complete.

SAT

Must meet or exceed on at least two scores listed below

SAT

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

EBRW

630

670

700

750

780

Math

650

700

740

770

800

Total

1280

1370

1440

1520

1580

ACT

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

ACT

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

English

28

31

33

35

36

Math

27

30

33

34

35

Reading

30

32

33

35

36

Science Reasoning

25

28

32

34

35

Composite

27

29

32

34

35

For students under 13, reach out through the ACT website for support registering an account.

PSAT 8/9

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

PSAT 8/9

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

EBWR

450

540

580

Math

450

500

540

Total

900

1040

1120

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

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