What is NUMATS?

What is NUMATS?

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Visit the NUMATS Test Centers page in order to search for test sites across the U.S. by city, state, test and date.

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Details

Benefits Beyond Assessment

Research shows that participation in a talent search such as NUMATS benefits gifted students in a number of ways. Participants continue their achievement into high school, college and beyond, receiving more awards and honors than academically talented nonparticipants. They take more accelerated and advanced courses than other students, and they tend to excel, not burn out.

Just as important, research shows that schools tend to follow up on the results of their students’ testing, with everything from certificates of accomplishment to individual meetings with parents and students for assistance in interpreting their scores. School coordinators report that NUMATS not only helps them determine academic programs commensurate with students’ abilities, but also helps their students find program options not available through their schools.

In addition, practice and early exposure to above-grade-level testing builds confidence when testing for college readiness (PSAT 8/9) or college admission (SAT and ACT). Students become more willing to take on challenges. And they start to think more about what they can achieve not only in school but also in life.

Reasons to participate in NUMATS:

  • Provide practice and build confidence on high-stakes testing
  • Receive detailed information about true academic abilities
  • Offer the intellectual challenge of above-grade-level assessment
  • Gain information needed to plan academic future
  • Learn about gifted programs for which students may qualify
  • Obtain an accurate measure of academic growth from one year to the next
  • Learn how to advocate for gifted students and promote talent development
  • Help students feel good about being gifted
  • Become part of a community of gifted students and their families

Specific benefits:

  • MyCTD Toolbox, a secure, password-protected website where schools and families can access a wealth of resources upon completion of a NUMATS registration:
    • Registration details
    • Test preparation materials
    • Test scores and NUMATS percentiles
    • Course sequence guidelines in math, science, social science and the humanities based on students' scores
    • Annual Statistical Summary of PSAT 8/9 (available fall 2017), SAT and ACT score distributions and percentile ranks by grade based on all scores received by NUMATS participants in the previous two years; this allows educators and parents to determine how their gifted students' scores compare to those of only other gifted students at their grade level throughout the Midwest
    • Instructional and professional development resources for educators
    • Current articles on parenting gifted students for families
  • CTD Backpack, an interactive, online community for gifted students and their families
  • Educational Program Guide, an online, searchable listing of schools, programs and scholarships for academically talented students throughout the United States
  • Certificate of participation
  • Invitation to highest scorers to attend award ceremony held at Northwestern University, with scholarships to CTD programs for first-place scorers; additional invitations to state and local award ceremonies
  • Invitation to participate in future talent searches
  • Invitation to apply for CTD's Summer Program and online learning programs as well as other programs, depending on individual qualifications
  • Mailings of interest to gifted students and their parents from other programs and special schools located in the Midwest and beyond
  • The College Guide, mailed to students in their sophomore and junior years; it features articles on college admissions to help students get started with college planning

Eligibility

Participation in Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) can boost student self-confidence, help educators better address academic needs and expose students to a variety of enrichment programs at schools, at universities and through distance learning. Students who are most likely to benefit from NUMATS are those in grades 3 through 9 who meet at least one of the criteria listed below.

Past talent search participation

Students who qualified for and participated in a talent search in a previous year qualify to participate in NUMATS this year and are encouraged to take the same test to measure academic growth and/or experience a different test for practice (see suggestions by grade level below).

Participation in a school gifted program

Students in grades 3 through 9 who qualify for their school’s gifted programs are encouraged to register for NUMATS assessment.

Recommendation by a parent or teacher

To be recommended, students should

  • demonstrate advanced aptitude in verbal or mathematical reasoning,
  • consistently demonstrate a high level of performance on academically demanding course work or
  • often request more challenging experiences
Meet Grade-level assessment criteria in either verbal/reading or math on a nationally normed or state achievement test

Nationally Normed Tests

The percentiles of verbal, math or composite scores or subscores from a nationally normed, standardized grade-level achievement, aptitude or abilities test can qualify a student for NUMATS. Scores from tests taken in previous years may be used to qualify.

Examples of nationally normed tests that may be used to determine eligibility for NUMATS include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT)
  • ERB Tests: Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Tests: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), MAP for Primary Grades
  • Stanford Achievement Test
  • Terra Nova

Depending on the test, the naming of scores or subscores may vary:

  • Verbal scores may be called Total Reading, Verbal, Reading Composite or Verbal Ability.
  • The Verbal subscore may be called Vocabulary, Comprehension, Reading Comprehension or Reading.
  • Math scores may be called Total Math, Quantitative, Math Composite, Quantitative Ability or Math Composite.
  • The Math subscore may be called Math Concepts & Applications, Problem Solving/Reasoning or Problem Solving.
  • The Composite score may be called Total Battery, Composite, Total Aptitude, Core Total, Complete Battery or Total Score. 
Students Currently in Grade
Verbal/Reading, Math or Composite (Categories or Subcategories)
3 ≥92nd percentile
4-9 ≥90th percentile

 

State achievement tests

Students may also qualify for NUMATS if they meet the criteria identified below in at least one category or subcategory of verbal/reading, math or composite on a state achievement test. Scores from tests taken in previous years may be used to qualify.

Illinois
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: PARCC
Level Achieved: 5 - Exceeded

 

Indiana
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: ISTEP+
Level Achieved: Pass+

 

Michigan
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: M-STEP
Level Achieved: PL 4 - Advanced

 

Minnesota
Grade
when
taken
2015-2016
MCA
Percentile
3 ≥ 92nd
4-8 ≥ 90th

 

North Dakota
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: SBAC
Level Achieved: 4 - Advanced

 

Ohio
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: Ohio State Tests
Level Achieved: Advanced

 

South Dakota
Grades 3-8
2015-2016 Test: SBAC
Level Achieved: 4

 

Wisconsin
Grades 3-8 
2015-2016 Test: Forward Exam
Level Achieved: 4

TESTS: PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT

Standardized grade-level assessments, including state exams and popular computer-adaptive tests, do not measure the full extent of gifted students' knowledge, skills and understanding. These assessments do not have enough of the challenging, high-level questions that allow gifted students to demonstrate the complete range of what they know and can do. This means the tests have a "ceiling effect."

To combat the "ceiling effect" of grade-level tests, NUMATS uses assessments designed for older students that measure college readiness. Students in grades 3 through 6 take the PSAT 8/9 test, which is typically administered in grades 8 and 9 for high school placement. Students in grades 7 through 9 take the SAT or ACT, the same tests given to high school students preparing for college.

PSAT 8/9

NUMATS utilizes the PSAT 8/9 test, developed by College Board for students in grades 8 and 9, to determine the abilities of students in grades 3 through 6. PSAT 8/9 includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test and a Math Test. Registered students arrive to assigned test center at 7:45 a.m. The test begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. and takes about 3–3½ hours to complete. A non-Saturday test date is available for all students. Those who request this test date for religious reasons and submit a letter from clergy will qualify for priority seating.

SAT

NUMATS utilizes the SAT test, typically used for college admissions, to provide a more accurate picture of the abilities of advanced students in grades 6 through 9. SAT includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test and a Math Test. The SAT Essay is now optional and may be added in the registration process. An additional fee of $12 is charged, and it adds about 50 minutes to the testing time. NUMATS does not provide comparison percentiles for the SAT Essay. Registered students arrive to assigned test center at 7:45 a.m. The test takes 4½–5 hours to complete. Non-Saturday test dates are available only for students whose religious observance prohibits testing on Saturdays; a letter from clergy is required and must be submitted by the registration deadline for the chosen test date.

Note: Students in grade 9 registering for SAT must do so in a two-step process. After they complete and submit payment for the NUMATS portion of the registration, an e-mail is sent directing them to register and pay for the test itself directly through the testing agency. When registering with SAT, these students should choose the "high school not listed" option if they do not want scores sent to a school. They also should enter "Northwestern Universitys Midwest Acdmc Talent Srch" as an organization to which they want an additional score report sent. This will ensure that NUMATS receives the scores and that parents have access to the customized percentiles and academic planning resources available in MyCTD Toolbox.

ACT

NUMATS utilizes the ACT test, typically used for college admissions, to provide a more accurate picture of the abilities of advanced students in grades 6 through 9. ACT includes subtests in English, math, reading and science. Registered students arrive to assigned test center at 8:00 a.m. The test takes 4–4½ hours to complete. Non-Saturday test dates are for students whose religious observance prohibits testing on Saturdays; a letter from clergy is required and must be submitted by the registration deadline for the chosen test date.

Note: Students may add an optional ACT Writing section to the test if their registrations are completed by a regular registration deadline. If students wish to add writing, parents should call ACT at 319/337-1270 no earlier than two weeks after completing the NUMATS registration, but no later than ACT's late registration deadline for the chosen test date. ACT charges an additional $16 for this subtest, and it adds about 40 minutes to the testing time. NUMATS percentiles are not provided.

Which test(s) should my student(s) take?

Grade 3
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test results* were: ≥92nd percentile
Should take: PSAT 8/9
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 4
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥90th percentile
Should take: PSAT 8/9
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: None
Should take: PSAT 8/9
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 5
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥90th percentile
Should take: PSAT 8/9
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: None
Should take: PSAT 8/9
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 6
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
=90th-94th percentile
Should take: PSAT 8/9
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥95th percentile
May take: PSAT 8/9, SAT and/or ACT
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: EXPLORE scores in grade 5 were below 21 in reading and math AND below 19 in composite
Should take: PSAT 8/9
Considerations: EXPLORE scores in grade 5 were 21 or above in reading or math OR 19 or above in composite
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 7
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥90th percentile
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: Take both/either test(s) or the test not taken in grade 6
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 8
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥90th percentile
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: Take both tests or the test not taken in grade 7
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

Grade 9
First-Time Testers
If grade-level test
results* were:
≥90th percentile
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
Subsequent Testers
Considerations: Last opportunity to take both tests as part of Talent Search
Should take: SAT and/or ACT
*verbal/reading, mathematics or composite

 

If you think your student may be an exception to the guidelines provided above, please do not hesitate to call us at 847/491-3782 ext. 3.

NUMATS suggests that students in grades 7 through 9 (and in grade 6 if appropriate) take both the SAT and ACT each year for the following reasons:

  • Given the differences in the tests (ACT was originally designed to be a curriculum-based achievement test, whereas SAT traditionally focused on critical thinking and problem-solving abilities), some students tend to score better on one test than the other.
  • Students will gain much-needed practice on high-stakes tests when the results do not count for college admission.
  • Some colleges and universities require scores from one or the other test in the application process. Taking both will ensure your child gains practice on either test that a particular college or university requires.

What happens to my child's scores?

You can access your child's scores, along with interpretive materials, in the online MyCTD Toolbox several weeks after testing. Your child's district/school will also have access to scores if you identify the district/school when registering. Together, you and your child's teacher can discuss the scores, what they mean and which resources and programs would be best suited to help your child reach full potential.

You also will receive an official score report from the testing agency.

Some parents are concerned that scores from an SAT or ACT test taken in grades 6 through 9 will remain on their child’s permanent record and could have a negative impact in the college application process. This is NOT true.

  • College Board annually purges the SAT scores of participants who register for the test through NUMATS. If you wish to retain scores, you must send them a written request to do so prior to June 30 of the academic year in which your child tests. If preserved, scores are available for future use, but only if and when your child instructs College Board to do so. Students in grade 9 are covered by normal SAT score-reporting policies available on the College Board website.
  • ACT does retain scores, but parents need not worry. The testing agency will not report a particular score to a specific college or university unless your child directs them to do so. Keep in mind that your child is likely to take the ACT many times in grades 10 through 12, and only those scores he/she specifically designates will be sent to colleges or universities of choice.

Some parents also are concerned that there are a limited number of times their child can take either the SAT or ACT. There is no limit to the number of times a student may test through a talent search organization such as NUMATS.

For additional information about testing agency policies, please refer to their websites:

Dates & Fees

Tests are offered year-round at centers throughout the U.S. Test dates, registration deadlines and fees for the 2016-2017 school year are shown in the table below.

The NUMATS fee for each test is $401.

PSAT 8/9 Test Fee1: $35
Registration Deadline October 24, 2016
Test Date December 10, 2016
   
Registration Deadline December 4, 2016
Test Dates January 14, 2017
January 15, 2017

 

SAT2 Test Fee Without Essay1: $45 
Test Fee With Essay1: $57
Registration Deadline August 29, 2016
Test Date October 1, 2016
   
Registration Deadline October 4, 2016
Test Date November 5, 2016
   
Registration Deadline October 31, 2016
Test Date December 3, 2016
   
Registration Deadline December 18, 2016
Test Date January 21, 2017
   
Registration Deadline February 7, 2017
Test Date
March 11, 2017
   
Registration Deadline April 4, 2017
Test Date May 6, 2017
   
Registration Deadline May 4, 2017
Test Date June 3, 2017

 

ACT Test Fee1: $42.50
Regular Registration Deadline August 3, 2016
Late Registration Period3 August 4-16, 2016
Test Date September 10, 2016
   
Regular Registration Deadline September 14, 2016
Late Registration Period3 September 15-27, 2016
Test Date October 22, 2016
   
Regular Registration Deadline November 2, 2015
Late Registration Period3 November 3-15, 2016
Test Date December 10, 2016
   
Regular Registration Deadline January 11, 2017
Late Registration Period3 January 12-17, 2017
Test Date February 11, 2017
   
Regular Registration Deadline March 1, 2017
Late Registration Period3 March 2-14, 2017
Test Date April 8, 2017
   
Regular Registration Deadline May 3, 2017
Late Registration Period3 May 4-16, 2017
Test Date June 10, 2017

 

1Refunds are not provided for regular fees or late fees.
2SAT Essay is optional and may be added in the NUMATS registration process; NUMATS percentiles are not provided.
3ACT assesses a late fee of $27.50 during late registration periods.

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Fees
The total cost for a student to participate in NUMATS is paid during a one-step registration process and covers two fees: the NUMATS fee and the test fee. The test fee payment is sent by NUMATS to the appropriate testing agency. The NUMATS fee covers registration processing and access to the online MyCTD Toolbox and CTD Backpack, which provide many valuable resources, including follow-up materials that help interpret test scores.

  • Fees are not refundable for any reason and may not be transferred to a future academic year.
  • There is a $30 charge for returned checks.
  • Late fees:
    • are assessed during late registration periods,
    • must be paid in addition to regular fees and
    • can not be waived for those who receive NUMATS and/or test fee waivers.

SAT Grade 9

The registration process for students in grade 9 registering for SAT is different than the one-step process available to students in other grades or taking other tests. Students in grade 9 registering for SAT must do so in a two-step process. After they complete and submit payment for the NUMATS portion of the registration, an e-mail is sent directing them to register and pay for the test itself directly through the testing agency. When registering with SAT, these students should choose the "high school not listed" option if they do not want scores sent to a school. They also should enter "Northwestern Universitys Midwest Acdmc Talent Srch" as an organization to which they want an additional score report sent. This will ensure that NUMATS receives the scores and that parents have access to the customized percentiles and academic planning resources available in MyCTD Toolbox.

ACT Writing

Students may add an optional writing section to the ACT test if their registrations are completed by a regular registration deadline. If students wish to add writing, parents should call ACT at 319/337-1270 no earlier than two weeks after completing the NUMATS registration, but no later than ACT's late registration deadline for the chosen test date. ACT charges an additional $16 for this subtest, and it adds about 40 minutes to the testing time. NUMATS percentiles are not provided.

School Payment Plan
Generally families pay for their child’s NUMATS participation. However, given the tough economic times, a district/school may want to pay all or part of the registration fees. To offer this option, educators must complete a 2017 School Payment Form (see Downloads section below) and return as directed.

Imagine Magazine: Big Ideas for Bright Minds

Imagine is an excellent magazine for gifted students in grades 7 through 12 published by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. A five-issue subscription may be ordered in the registration process. An additional fee of $30 is charged. Learn more at www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine/numats.

Important Information about Test Dates

  • Non-Saturday test dates are available for students whose religious observance prohibits Saturday testing. Registrants should check the non-Saturday option under Special Exceptions in Step 3 of the registration process. A letter from clergy requesting this option must be sent to NUMATS such that it is received by the registration deadline for the chosen test date.
    • PSAT 8/9 – January 15, 2017 (All students may register for this test date, but those whose religious observance prohibits Saturday testing should follow the instructions provided above if they want to qualify for priority seating on this Sunday test date.)
    • SAT and ACT – Sunday test dates immediately follow each Saturday test date, unless there is a conflict with a religious holiday.
  • Scores from all test dates are considered for the NUMATS Award Ceremony but may not be considered by other state organizations depending on the date of the organization's ceremony.
  • Students who are unable to test on their scheduled test date may be able to reschedule for a later test date by calling the testing agency directly. The testing agency will assess a change-of-date fee.
    • PSAT 8/9 – 866/433-7728
    • SAT – 866/756-7346
    • ACT – 319/337-1270

 

Financial Aid

NUMATS offers need-based financial aid for students who qualify for other federally subsidized programs, and registrants request financial aid in the registration process. A financial aid letter stating the student meets the eligibility criteria, written on school letterhead and signed by a school official, is required to complete the registration. It must be submitted to NUMATS such that it is received by the regular registration deadline for the chosen test date.

  • Fax to 847/467-4283 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central.
  • Scan and e-mail to numats@ctd.northwestern.edu.
  • Mail to NUMATS Financial Aid, 617 Dartmouth Pl, Evanston, IL 60208.

View an example of a financial aid eligibility letter. If unable to provide this letter, contact NUMATS for other options.

NUMATS registrants seeking financial aid may receive one or more of the following:

  • NUMATS Fee Waiver – Available on a limited first-come, first served basis to students registering for PSAT 8/9, SAT or ACT.
  • Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Young Scholars Test Fee Waiver – Available on a limited first-come, first-served basis to students in grade 7 who receive a NUMATS Fee Waiver; JKC pays the test fee.
  • Test Fee Waiver – Available on a limited first-come, first-served basis for SAT and ACT only; however because students in grade 9 registering for SAT must do so in a two-step process, they are not eligible for a test fee waiver.

Qualified students are eligible for no more than one NUMATS fee waiver and one test fee waiver per academic year. If a student wishes to register for more than one test, the total cost must be paid for the additional test(s).

Learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program

Special Accommodations

Special accommodations may be made for students with a disability that requires special testing tools or an exception to standard testing procedures. Each testing agency has a different process for requesting accommodations as well as deadlines which may differ from regular registration deadlines. Testing agencies determine allowable accommodations and/or whether the allowable accommodation(s) can be provided.

Psat 8/9

When registering for NUMATS, check the box for special accommodations and indicate specific accommodation(s) requested; submit payment and/or requisite documentation (e.g., financial aid letter) by regular registration deadline for chosen test date. If you have any questions about which accommodation(s) to request, please call PSAT 8/9 Customer Service at 866/433-7728.

SAT

When registering for NUMATS, check the box for special accommodations and submit payment and/or requisite documentation (e.g., financial aid letter) to complete the registration. NUMATS will then mail you the testing agency's special accommodations forms, which you must complete and mail directly to the testing agency. Click here for the testing agency's documentation submission deadlines. Note these deadlines are prior to NUMATS registration deadlines, so please ensure you complete your registration with us at least one month prior to the NUMATS registration deadline for your chosen test date.

ACT

When registering for NUMATS, check the box for special accommodations and submit payment and/or requisite documentation (e.g., financial aid letter) to complete the registration. Upon completion you will be able to access the NUMATS Info tab of your MyCTD Toolbox account; scroll down to ACT Special Accommodations under section 1. Register for NUMATS and download the the document entitled Talent Search Students Needing Accommodations on the ACT with instructions on how to proceed with both the ACT testing agency and your school. Note you must complete your NUMATS registration by the regular registration deadline for your chosen test date.

What To Expect from Start to Finish

August

Registration begins for all test dates, September through June. See Dates & Fees for test dates and fees; see Test Centers for test center locations.

After registration is complete

Families are able to access the many valuable NUMATS resources of the online MyCTD Toolbox and CTD Backpack.

In the weeks preceding test day

Log in to the online MyCTD Toolbox, click on the NUMATS Info tab and scroll down through the various sections to find out what you need to know about the testing process. Be sure to

  • Review the NUMATS Student Guide under section 2 – Prepare for the Test.
  • Take your practice test in section 2 – Prepare for the Test.
  • Print out and complete the Student ID Form (SAT and ACT only) in section 3 – Day of the Test; students in grade 9 taking SAT must have a photo ID.

At least one week before test day

Students receive an admission ticket in the mail directly from the testing agency, which contains information on when and where to go and what to bring on test day. If the student has not received the admission ticket a week prior to test date, call the testing agency to ask for the student's registration number and the test center assignment.

  • PSAT 8/9 – 866/433-7728
  • SAT – 866/756-7346
  • ACT – 319/337-1270

Test day

  • Students should arrive at the test center with their admission ticket and other items by 7:45 or 8:00 a.m., depending on the test. Admission ticket will state what time to arrive and what to bring.
  • If students are taking the SAT or ACT, they should also bring required identification (see third bullet above under “In the weeks preceding test day” above).

Several weeks after testing

Students receive an e-mail notifying them that their test scores, NUMATS percentiles and interpretive information are available to them in their password-protected, online MyCTD Toolbox account. If a district/school name or NUMATS ID number was provided in the registration process, scores, percentiles and interpretive information are also available to that district/school.

About four to six weeks after testing

Students receive an official score report in the mail from the testing agency.

March

Eligible students receive information about CTD's summer and online programs. Visit the online MyCTD Toolbox for a newly updated version of CTD's Educational Program Guide. After logging in, click on the NUMATS Info Tab and scroll down to section 7 – Access Programs.

April-May

NUMATS recognition certificates are mailed to districts/schools identified in the registration process. Districts/schools often recognize NUMATS participants in honors assemblies.

If a district/school is NOT identified in the registration process, the recognition certificate is mailed to the home address in June.

AUGUST-OCTOBER

NUMATS Award Ceremony is held on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, and state award ceremonies are held for top scorers in many Midwest states.

Preparing for Test Day

Once the NUMATS registration process is complete, log in to the online MyCTD Toolbox to access practice guides and test-taking tips. Click on the NUMATS Info tab and scroll down through the various sections to find out what you need to know about the testing process. Be sure to

  • review the NUMATS Student Guide in section 2 – Prepare for the Test,
  • take your practice test in section 2 – Prepare for the Test and
  • print out and complete the Student ID Form (SAT and ACT only) in section 3 – Day of the Test; students in grade 9 taking SAT must have a photo ID.

Students do not need to take a commercial test preparation course.

Will my child be overwhelmed?

Your child probably breezes through grade-level achievement tests. An above-grade-level assessment may be the most difficult test your child has ever taken. He or she won't know all the answers. That's okay. The tests are designed to assess knowledge and skills generally learned at higher grade levels. They're supposed to be harder, and your child is not expected to know everything on them. Discuss this with your child in advance, so he or she can take the test with realistic expectations and simply do his or her best.

Will my child be nervous about the testing environment?

PSAT 8/9 test centers only test talent search students in grades 3 through 6. At many SAT and ACT test centers, the testing room serves NUMATS participants along with older students testing for college admissions. While some younger students may be concerned about testing with high schoolers, most do just fine. Test administrators are trained to ensure a quiet, respectful test environment where all students can do their best work.

Day of Test

On Your Test Day Take

  • Admission ticket sent to you by the testing agency (or testing agency registration number for SAT or ACT)
  • Completed SAT Student ID Form or ACT Student ID Form; SAT Grade 9 students must take photo ID
  • Two sharpened pencils with good erasers
  • An approved calculator (see test preparation materials)

Inclement Weather on Test Day

Listen to a local radio or television station that normally carries announcements of school closings in your area to find out if your test center is closed. Do not attempt to travel to the test center if conditions are dangerous.

PSAT 8/9

If no information is available from local media, you may call PSAT 8/9 Customer Service on the day of your scheduled test (866/433-7728).

If your test center is closed due to inclement weather, your makeup date will be Saturday, January 28, 2017, or Sunday, January 29, 2017, depending on which day of the week you were originally scheduled to test. December 10, 2016 and January 14, 2017 test dates will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 28, and the January 15, 2017 test date will be rescheduled for Sunday, January 29. Please keep these weekends open in case the test must be rescheduled.

SAT

The SAT Program posts test center closings on their website beginning a few days before each test date. If a makeup date or alternate test center information has been confirmed, that information will also be included. During inclement weather, students should check the website on Friday night and also on Saturday morning before going to the test center.

ACT

Visit ACT's website for test center cancellations; scroll down to the Test Day section. If conditions are dangerous, do not attempt to travel to the test center, even if your test center remains open. Call ACT Registration (319/337-1270) during the week after the test date to discuss your options.

If your test center is closed due to inclement weather, there will be an announcement and the test will be rescheduled. Visit the ACT website to find your rescheduled test date. ACT will also notify you by mail or e-mail about a rescheduled test date.

Illness on Test Day

Do not report to your test center if you feel that your illness might (1) be contagious, (2) distract other students during the test, or (3) affect your ability to concentrate on the test.

PSAT 8/9

Call PSAT 8/9 Customer Service (866/433-7728) as soon as possible to discuss your options.

SAT

For information about what to do if you miss your test date, visit SAT's website.

ACT

For information about what to do if you miss your test date, visit ACT's website; scroll down to the Test Day section .

Rescheduling the Test Date

NUMATS students who are unable to test on the date for which they registered may be able to reschedule for a later test date. See Dates & Fees for additional test dates but please do not register again. Instead, call the testing agency as soon as possible to reschedule for a later test date. You will be charged a rescheduling fee by the testing agency. Tests must be rescheduled for the current academic year.

  • PSAT 8/9 – 866/433-7728 (Final PSAT 8/9 test date is January 15, 2017.)
  • SAT – 866/756-7346 (Final SAT test date is June 3, 2017.)
  • ACT – 319/337-1270 (Final ACT test date is June 10, 2017.)

Because NUMATS provides families with access to the many resources of the online MyCTD Toolbox regardless of whether students test or not, we cannot refund the NUMATS fee or carry it over to the next NUMATS (academic/school) year.

Award Ceremonies

NUMATS participants who complete their registrations no later that the Friday immediately following their test date are eligible for award ceremony consideration. In addition, test scores must be received no later than July 31.

Students in grades 3 through 9 who have the highest scores (approximately two percent of all NUMATS test takers) on EXPLORE, ACT and SAT will receive an e-mailed invitation in late July/early August to an award ceremony sponsored by Center for Talent Development (CTD). The 2016 ceremony will be held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday, September 10.

In addition to the NUMATS award ceremony sponsored by CTD, award ceremonies will be held for the highest scorers in some states as indicated below.

State Date Location
Illinois August 20, 2016 Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora
Indiana September 26, 2016 Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Ball State University, Muncie
Michigan October 22, 2016 Michigan State University, East Lansing
Minnesota October 1, 2016 Hamline University, Saint Paul
Ohio September 17, 2016 Westerville Central High School, Westerville
Wisconsin October 1, 2016 Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, Madison

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