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SCAT® Test (School and College Ability Test)


SCAT Overview

SCAT® Test (School and College Ability Test) is used by the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins to identify talented 2nd – 12th graders for their program.  The SCAT is an “above grade level” test, measuring math and verbal reasoning abilities in gifted children.

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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