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School exams, class tests, quizzes and assignment deadlines can be frustrating for most students but for a few, it’s a cakewalk!

Academically advanced students are able to complete regular school tasks much earlier and often crave for enhanced prompts that match their intelligence. It is important that such students make progress at a pace and echelon corresponding to their level of ability and skills.

For teachers at school, it becomes quite impossible to come up with activities for academically gifted students. However, the JH-CTY (Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth) not only identifies such children but also has a plethora of summer courses that can be taken up by students depending on their interests and abilities.

The Johns Hopkins’ SCAT (School and College Ability Test) for grades 2-8 is a computerized above grade level test that assesses a student’s quantitative and verbal skills. It is offered year-round. Students qualifying the SCAT are eligible for various summer courses depending on their SCAT scores and grade level. Students in grades 5 and 6 may take either the SCAT or the PSAT 8/9 to qualify. The other tests based on which your child can enroll for Johns Hopkins summer courses are the STB (Spatial Test Battery), PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT, or PSAT 10/NMSQT.

To enroll in CTY Online Programs courses, students of grade 7 and above should take the Advanced SCAT, ACT or SAT during 7th grade so their scores are available by the end of the school year. 

JH-CTY’s residential and day sites in the U.S. and Hong Kong enroll thousands of students every year from all the US states and dozens of countries around the world. Students that have qualified come from all walks of life and a diverse educational backgrounds to immerse themselves in their academic passions. They get the opportunity to meet others like themselves, and grow intellectually and personally. Each class has a highly skilled instructor and a teaching assistant. Outside of class, students participate in a full and fun social program at all locations, from sports and games to talent shows and band practice.

At Johns Hopkins, you can enroll for a full-time or part-time course; residential or online course; 2-week or 6-week course; an individually paced or family course. And you can choose from civic leadership, math, science computer science and technology and many more subject courses.

To know which course your child is eligible for, you can check out the Johns Hopkins eligibility calculator.


Below are some qualifying scores for the CTY online programs.

Qualifying Math Scores (Grades 2-6)
Key: M = Math  Q = Quantitative  STB= Spatial Test Battery





Qualifying Verbal Scores (Grades 2-6)
Key: V = Verbal  RW = Reading & Writing





Qualifying Math Scores (Grade 7 and above)
Key: M = Math  Q = Quantitative  STB = Spatial Test Battery



Qualifying Verbal Scores (Grade 7 and above)

Key: RW = Reading & Writing  R = Reading  V = Verbal




For more on qualifying scores for JH-CTY courses.

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