The Center for Talent Development's Midwest Academic Talent Search
CTD's Midwest Academic Talent Search
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Our Program

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) has been a major force in identifying and advising gifted/talented students in the Midwest since 1981. Each year, more than 20,000 students test through NUMATS at test centers near their homes. Many sign up for a second or third time. Students who want to know how their abilities compare with those of their peers, parents who want to know what their children are capable of, and educators who want to help their brightest students, all look to NUMATS for direction.

A program sponsored by Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, NUMATS combines above-grade testing—using EXPLORE®, ACT® and SAT®, tests usually given to much older students—with academic recommendations for individual students based on their test scores.

Schools use NUMATS to facilitate differentiated instruction and promote gifted student growth in their schools.  Families look to NUMATS to make certain their gifted children are engaged, challenged and realizing full potential.

Our new online NUMATS Toolbox provides school coordinators and families of registrants with test preparation materials, test scores, NUMATS percentiles, academic recommendations, resources on teaching and parenting gifted students and much more throughout the year.

With an expert staff headquartered in Evanston and an active, engaged network of liaisons in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, NUMATS ensures that students, parents and educators have all the information they need about academics, enrichment programs and distance learning.

NUMATS has been a major force in identifying and advising gifted/talented students in the Midwest since 1981