Preparing for the Test

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We do not recommend that students spend a lot of time preparing for the test. Above-grade-level testing is meant to be diagnostic, and many test prep programs just make students anxious.

We think the best way to prepare is to be familiar with the structure of the test and the timing of each section, and to review the practice questions we provide so that you know what to expect and are at ease on test day.

For more information, review The Talent Search Experience for Students (PDF) and The Talent Search Experience for Parents (PDF), two publications that explain what to expect as a talent search participant.

Here are some additional resources for the ACT:

And here are some for the SAT:

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.