NUMATS Video

Why NUMATS?

  • Identify exceptional academic ability and areas of
    strength
  • Monitor growth over time
  • Connect students to a community of peers and
    tailored programs and opportunities
  • Set a course for a lifelong journey of achievement
    and fulfillment

Which test is right for you?

Find Test Center

Visit the Test Centers page in order to search for test sites across the U.S. by city, state, test, and date. Learn how to increase the likelihood of being assigned to your requested test center.

Interview with Award Ceremony Recipient

Visit NUMATS Award Ceremony Page

Details

Why Test? Why NUMATS?

Almost 50 years of research shows that participation in an above-grade-level assessment program such as NUMATS benefits high-ability, or gifted, students in a number of ways. Because participants have a better understanding of their strengths and are able to build on them, they continue their high achievement into high school, college and beyond. They take more accelerated and advanced courses, earn more awards and honors, and have higher educational aspirations that other students.

Just as important, research shows that schools tend to follow up on the results of their students’ testing, with everything from recognition of high performance to individual meetings with parents and students for assistance in interpreting their scores and planning future courses of study. 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 supplemental enrichment and accelerated 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:
    • Test preparation materials
    • Test scores and NUMATS percentiles
    • Recommendations for academic programming in math, science, social science and the humanities based on students' scores
    • Annual Statistical Summary of PSAT 8/9, 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 other high-achieving 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 participate in future talent searches to monitor growth and the impact of programming
  • 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 junior years; it features articles on college admissions to help students get started with college planning

How can your school or family participate in NUMATS?

Seventy percent of NUMATS participants learn about our program from district or school personnel. NUMATS can be coordinated by schools, but parents may also register their child on their own. Below are four different ways schools or families can participate in NUMATS.

Option 1: If a school or district wants to participate in NUMATS, arrangements can be made to offer the PSAT 8/9 for students in grades 3 through 6 at the school on a weekday. One benefit of this arrangement is a reduced fee per student. NUMATS does not have an in-school test administration option for SAT or ACT.

Option 2: If a school or district does not want to organize the administration of the PSAT 8/9 on a chosen date during the school week or if there are students in grades 6 through 9 who are eligible for the SAT or ACT, schools can set up a School Payment Plan to cover all or part of the program's cost and provide parents the information they need to register to take a NUMATS assessment at a local test center on a national test date. As a convenience to students, schools may want to establish a PSAT 8/9, SAT, or ACT test center at the school, so they can test there on a national test date. Learn more about becoming a test center in the Educator Resources section under Set Up a Test Center.

Option 3: Schools can provide information about NUMATS to eligible families, and parents can choose to participate on their own. Parents in this scenario pay the total cost of NUMATS participation when registering (unless they qualify for financial aid) and may have scores reported to the school. Tests take place on national, weekend test dates; i.e., they do not take away from instructional time. If this option is chosen, schools can help support the process in the following ways:

  • Identify eligible students.
  • Complete, photocopy, and send our letter (see Educator Resources section below) along with our NUMATS Family Guide to parents.
  • Monitor registrations and access test results in the school’s MyCTD Toolbox account.
  • Remind students to take their test center admission ticket and, for SAT/ACT only, the student identification form to the test center.
  • Recognize students who have participated at an awards assembly.

Option 4: Parents who are interested in having their child participate in NUMATS may register independently (see Eligibility section below). It is not necessary for a school to coordinate NUMATS participation, though it is preferable when families and schools coordinate the effort in order to get maximum benefit.

To discuss any of these options in more detail or to receive hard copies of our Family Guide, contact NUMATS.

Which Test - 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 6 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.

For more information, please see PSATTM 8/9 for Talent Search Students

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. Registered students arrive to assigned test center at 7:45 a.m. The test takes 4½–5 hours to complete.

For more information, please see SAT Terms and Conditions.

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.

For more information, please see ACT Talent Search Instructions.

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: PSAT 8/9 scores in grade 5 were below 540 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) AND below 490 in Math AND below 970 in Total
Should take: PSAT 8/9
Considerations: PSAT 8/9 scores in grade 5 were 540 or above in EBRW OR 490 or above in Math OR 970 or above in Total
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 e-mail us at numats@northwestern.edu or call us at 847/491-3782 ext. 2.

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 structure and content of the tests, unique insights can be gained from each test.
  • 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?

Once the testing agency provides NUMATS with the scores and they are uploaded into our system, you will be able to access your child's scores, along with interpretive materials, in the online MyCTD Toolbox. We will send you an e-mail when the scores are ready for viewing. 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.

Information to know about test score retention and reporting:

  • College Board annually purges the SAT scores of participants in grades 6 through 8 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 August 31 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-retention and 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.

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

Some parents 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.

NUMATS tests thousands of students every year and has for almost 40 years. It is a research-validated approach to identifying students’ academic needs and potential, with the added benefits of providing practice on the ACT and SAT, demonstrating a trajectory of growth, and taking on academic challenges. If you have questions about scores and reporting, we encourage you to reach out to the College Board or ACT. Also, we encourage you to communicate with admissions officials at colleges or universities of interest to learn exactly how they make use of test score information.

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 receive gifted or advanced academic services at school 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
2017-2018 Test: PARCC
Level Achieved: 5 - Exceeded

 

Indiana
Grades 3-8
2017-2018 Test: ISTEP+
Level Achieved: Pass+

 

Michigan
Grades 3-8
2017-2018 Test: M-STEP
Level Achieved: PL 4 - Advanced

 

Minnesota
Grade
when
taken
2017-2018 
MCA
Percentile
3 ≥ 92nd
4-8 ≥ 90th

 

North Dakota
Grades 3-8
2017-2018 Test: SBAC
Level Achieved: 4 - Advanced

 

Ohio
Grades 3-8
2017-2018 Test: Ohio State Tests
Level Achieved: Advanced

 

South Dakota
Grades 3-8
2017-2018 Test: SBAC
Level Achieved: 4

 

Wisconsin  
Grade
when
taken
2017-2018 
Forward Exam
Percentile
3 ≥ 92nd
4-8 ≥ 90th

Dates & Fees

Tests are offered year-round at centers throughout the U.S. Test dates, registration deadlines, and fees for the 2018-2019 school year are shown in the table below.

The NUMATS fee for each test is $431.

PSAT 8/9 Test Fee1: $38
Registration Deadline December 10, 2018
Test Date January 19, 2019
   
Registration Deadline January 7, 2019
Test Dates February 9, 2019
February 10, 2019

 

SAT2 Test Fee Without Essay1: $47.50  
Test Fee With Essay1: $64.50
Registration Deadline July 24, 2018
Test Date August 25, 2018
   
Registration Deadline September 4, 2018
Test Date October 6, 2018
   
Registration Deadline October 2, 2018
Test Date November 3, 2018
   
Registration Deadline October 30, 2018
Test Date December 1, 2018
   
Registration Deadline February 5, 2019
Test Date
March 9, 2019
   
Registration Deadline April 2, 2019
Test Date May 4, 2019
   
Registration Deadline April 30, 2019
Test Date June 1, 2019

 

ACT Test Fee1: $50.50
Regular Registration Deadline August 8, 2018
Late Registration Period3 August 9-22, 2018
Test Date September 8, 2018
   
Regular Registration Deadline September 26, 2018
Late Registration Period3 September 27-October 10, 2018
Test Date October 27, 2018
   
Regular Registration Deadline October 31, 2018
Late Registration Period3 November 1-14, 2018
Test Date December 8, 2018
   
Regular Registration Deadline January 9, 2019
Late Registration Period3 January 10-16, 2019
Test Date February 9, 2019
   
Regular Registration Deadline March 6, 2019
Late Registration Period3 March 7-20, 2019
Test Date April 13, 2019
   
Regular Registration Deadline May 1, 2019
Late Registration Period3 May 2-15, 2019
Test Date June 8, 2019
   
Regular Registration Deadline June 12, 2019
Late Registration Period3 June 13-19, 2019
Test Date July 13, 2019

 

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 $30.00 during late registration periods.

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Important Information about Test Dates

  • 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 – 844/806-7817
    • SAT – 866/756-7346
    • ACT – 319/337-1270

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.

 

Financial Aid

NUMATS offers need-based financial aid for students who qualify for federally subsidized programs, and registrants may 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. 

  • Upload documentation into MyCTD Toolbox account; after logging in, click on NUMATS Financial Aid in the light blue bar at the top of the page and follow instructions
  • Fax to 847/467-4283 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central.
  • Scan and e-mail to numats@northwestern.edu.

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 844/806-7817.

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 and English Learner Supports 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.

Other Registration Requests | Essay/Writing, Grade 9, Grade 6, Non-Saturday Test

SAT Essay/ACT Writing Subtests

SAT offers an optional Essay section that may be added in the NUMATS registration process. An additional fee of $17 is charged, and it adds about 50 minutes to the testing time. NUMATS does not provide comparison percentiles for SAT Essay.

ACT offers an optional Writing section however it must be added by contacting the testing agency directly and may only be added if the NUMATS registration is completed by the regular registration deadline. 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 fee of $16.50, and it adds about 40 minutes to the testing time. NUMATS does not provide comparison percentiles for ACT Writing.

Grade 9 Registration

Students in grade 9 who register for the ACT may do so in the regular, one-step process; i.e., they are able to complete their registration for NUMATS and the test itself via the NUMATS registration process. Both NUMATS and test fee waivers are available to qualified students.

However, students in grade 9 who register for the SAT must do so in a different, two-step process, and only NUMATS fee waivers are available to qualified students. After they complete and submit payment/financial aid documentation 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 in a timely manner and that parents have access to the customized percentiles and academic planning resources available in MyCTD Toolbox.

Grade 6 Registration

Students in Grade 6 are eligible to take all three of the above-grade-level assessment tools offered through NUMATS.

Many parents choose to have a Grade 6 student first take the PSAT 8/9 and then take ACT/SAT in late spring as the student is completing Grade 6 and advancing to Grade 7.

 Learn more.

Non-Saturday 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 the registration deadline for the chosen test date.

  • PSAT 8/9 – February 10, 2019 (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.

What To Expect from Start to Finish

August

Registration begins for all test dates, August 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.

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.

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 – 844/806-7817
  • 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 from CTD 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.

May-June

NUMATS participation certificates are mailed.

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 (844/806-7817).

If your test center is closed due to inclement weather, your makeup date will be Saturday, February 23, 2019, or Sunday, February 24, 2019, depending on which day of the week you were originally scheduled to test. January 19, 2019 and February 9, 2019 test dates will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 23, and the February 10, 2019 test date will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 24. 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. 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 (844/806-7817) 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 – 844/806-7817 (Final PSAT 8/9 test date is February 10, 2019.)
  • SAT – 866/756-7346 (Final SAT test date is June 1, 2019.)
  • ACT – 319/337-1270 (Final ACT test date is July 13, 2019.)

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 than the Friday immediately following their test date are eligible for award ceremony consideration. Test scores must be received no later than August 15.

For 2018, students in grades 3 through 9 who have the highest scores (approximately one to two percent of all NUMATS test takers) on PSAT 8/9, SAT, and ACT will receive an e-mailed invitation in mid-August to an award ceremony sponsored by Center for Talent Development (CTD). The 2018 ceremony will be held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday, September 29.

In addition to the NUMATS award ceremony sponsored by CTD, award ceremonies are often held for the highest scorers in individual states as indicated below. Dates will be entered and locations updated when/if received.

State Date Location
Illinois  October 20, 2018 Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora
Indiana  October 12, 2018 Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Ball State University, Muncie
Michigan  November 3, 2018 Broad Business College, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Minnesota  September 29, 2018  
Wisconsin  September 22, 2018 Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, Madison

Educator Resources

Coordinator Guide

Review the Coordinator Guide to learn how you can implement NUMATS in your school or district.

NUMATS Coordinator Guide

Sample Parent Letter

After you have identified all your NUMATS-eligible students in grades 3 through 9 (see section entitled, “Eligibility,” on this website), send home a parent letter explaining the program along with a copy of our Family Guide. A sample parent letter is available for download in several formats: fillable Word Template, Word Document with merge fields (allows for text editing and mass mailing), or PDF.

NUMATS Parent Letter Sample Fillable Word Document

NUMATS Parent Letter Sample Word Document with Merge Fields

NUMATS Parent Letter Sample PDF

Financial Aid

See section entitled, “Financial Aid,” on this website and submit requisite documentation.

NUMATS Fee Waiver Eligibility Letter Sample

School Payment Plans

Families generally pay for their child’s NUMATS participation. However, schools may choose to pay the NUMATS fee and/or test fee for students who do not qualify for financial aid. To offer this option, complete and return a School Payment Form for either online (preferred) or paper registrations. Further instructions are included on each form. An invoice will be sent after registration for all test dates has closed for the year.

NUMATS School Payment Form: Online Registration

Special Accommodations

See section entitled, “Special Accommodations,” on this website. Additional information and documentation is available via your school’s password-protected MyCTD Toolbox account. After logging in, click on the NUMATS Info tab and scroll down to Special Accommodations under section 1.

Set Up a Test Center

As a convenience to your students, you may want to establish a PSAT 8/9, SAT, or ACT test center at your school. Prior to making a request, ensure that a qualified person on your staff can serve as a test center supervisor, your school has testing facilities available on at least one of the national test dates, and:

PSAT 8/9

  • At least 20 students from your school and the surrounding schools wish to take the PSAT 8/9 test and
  • PSAT 8/9 receives your request such that the test center setup process can be completed in enough time for students to register prior to registration deadlines.

Review the PSAT 8/9 Test Center Establishment Form or call PSAT 8/9 Test Administration at 888/477-7728 for additional information.

SAT

  • A group of students live a considerable distance from any of the test centers (more than 75 miles) and
  • SAT receives your request such that the test center setup process can be completed in enough time for students to register prior to registration deadlines.

Learn more or call SAT Test Administration at 800/257-5123 ext. 2.

ACT

  • At least 35 students from your school anticipate testing (including students from area schools who would attend your test center) and
  • ACT receives your request by about six weeks prior to the registration deadline for the test date you have chosen.

Learn more or call ACT Test Administration at 800/553-6244 ext. 1510.

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