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SCAT Test | Johns Hopkins SCAT Test Overview

SCAT Test

What is the SCAT Test?

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The SCAT Test (School and College Ability Test) is a standardized test used by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to identify 2nd – 12th graders for their gifted program. The SCAT is an “above grade level” test and measures math and verbal reasoning abilities.

The SCAT is a timed, two-part test that contains math and verbal sections in a multiple-choice format. Since 1985, the Center for Talented Youth has identified talented students in elementary grades using the SCAT. In 1996, CTY computerized the SCAT and made it available at Prometric test centers.

Because SCAT is an above grade level test, we recommend you start preparing with resources that are one to two grade levels below your child’s current grade level. This will help them to be confident in their skill learning abilities and encourage them to do more test prep. Once you have your child successfully completing test prep at their current grade level, you will want to move onto the grade level above their current one. Because the SCAT tests above the child’s current grade level, you should try and work your child up to test prep for 2 grade levels above their current one. That way they will be ready for any question that comes their way! Children in 2-3rd grade take the Elementary Level, which has questions created at the 3 – 6th grade level of achievement. Children in 4th – 5th grade take the Intermediate Level, which has questions created at the 6th – 9th grade level of achievement. Children in grade 6 and above take the Advanced Level, which has questions created at the 9th – 12th grade level of achievement.

On the actual test, you will be given a comparison of how your child’s scores compare to other children in her grade level, along with how your child’s scores compare with students from higher grades for which the questions were originally designed. Above grade level testing identifies students who have the greatest need for advanced and fast paced coursework.

What are the Sections of the SCAT?

The two sections of the SCAT test are Verbal and Quantitative. The verbal section using verbal reasoning to complete analogies, and the quantitative section uses mathematic reasoning to complete questions. All questions in both sections are multiple choice.

Breakdown for the SCAT Test

The SCAT has a verbal and quantitative section, each with 55 questions.  On the test, 50 questions from each section are graded and 5 are experimental items that do not count towards the final score. Students have 22 minutes to complete each section. They are given a 10-minute break between sections. There is no penalty for wrong answers so it is okay to guess. Be sure your child knows how to eliminate answers that are clearly wrong before making his or her best guess.

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Verbal

The verbal section measures your child’s understanding of the meaning of words and verbal reasoning ability. Verbal questions are multiple-choice analogies, which require a student to choose the best pair of words to complete an analogy. It may appear that more than one answer fits the analogy, but the correct answer is the one that best completes the analogy. To do well on this section, your child will need strong vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and knowledge/information abilities.

Quantitative

The quantitative section measures your child’s understanding of foundational number operations. The quantitative questions are multiple-choice mathematical comparisons, which require a student to compare two mathematical quantities and determine which is greater. Problems are intended to measure mathematical reasoning ability, so they do not require computation. To do well on this section, your child will need to have a strong understanding of mathematical reasoning, math facts, calculations and number operations.

Is the SCAT test timed?

Yes the SCAT is a timed test give to children in grades 2-12. Children will have 22 minutes per section to complete the test.

If my child is in the 2nd grade, should I have them practice 4th grade materials?

Our test prep is already set at the advanced level so that your child can practice the problems assigned to their current grade.

Skill Assessment

The SCAT has two sections, verbal and quantitative. Each section contains 55 questions, including five unidentified experimental items that do not count toward the student’s score.

Verbal

  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogies

Math

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Mathematical Comparison
  • Math Facts and Calculations
  • Number Operations

The SCAT measures specific abilities in verbal and quantitative areas and provides information essential for making general decisions concerning level and pace of instruction. Because its focus is on aptitude, the SCAT should not be used in isolation to make decisions about specific educational objectives.

Since 1985, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth has identified talented students in elementary grades using the SCAT. In May 1996, CTY purchased all rights to the SCAT from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and entered into an agreement with Prometric to computerize the SCAT and make the test available at computer test centers. Prometric says, “CTY identifies and develops the academic talents of the most promising young people of the next generation. The founder of Facebook and the cofounder of Google are CTY alumni—proof that self-described “CTYers” grow up to lead their generation and shape the course of history.”

To learn more about the Johns Hopkins CTY, visit http://cty.jhu.edu

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