Test Prep

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We do not recommend that you spend a lot of time preparing for the test. The point of taking an above-level test is diagnostic, and many test preparation programs merely lead to unnecessary anxiety. Since this test is only meant to provide information, we suggest 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. 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 some additional resources 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.