Let's Get You Logged In

Not a member? Sign up here

Login with Amazon

Email

Password

Forgot your password?

What is the SCAT Test?

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, it will test the limits of your child’s ability.  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.

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.

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.

SCAT – School and College Ability Test is owned by the Center For Talented Youth (“CTY”) or its affiliate(s), or their licensors. TestingMom.com is not affiliated with nor related to CTY or its affiliates. CTY does not sponsor or endorse any TestingMom.com product, nor have TestingMom.com products or services been reviewed, certified, or approved by CTY. Trademarks referring to specific test providers are used by TestingMom.com for nominative purposes only and such trademarks are solely the property of their respective owners.

Tell Us Your Experiences

Post a new comment

OK
YES
NO