Midwest Talent Search

Midwest Talent Search


Midwest Academic Talent Search

The Midwest Academic Talent Search is sponsored by Northwestern University and allows qualifying students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT). Students who opt to take the tests acquire experience and practice in taking above grade-level tests.   Students are deemed eligible based on one of the following qualifiers:

  • State Test Scores (Pass+ on Math and/or ELA ISTEP testing)
  • Achievement Test Scores (95th percentile or above)
  • Past Talent Search Participation
  • Qualifying for a school gifted program

This Academic Talent Search is conducted by the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. For more benefits, resources, research and publications visit their website.

You may register online. The Clay Middle School identification number is 8100047. (You will need this number when you register.)

Frequently Asked Questions

· What is the ACT?
The ACT focuses directly on academic skills taught as part of the standard college preparatory curriculum in English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT is offered at more sites in the Midwest than the SAT, and more of these sites are in small towns and rural areas.

· What is the SAT test?
The SAT is a measure of the critical thinking, mathematical and writing skills you will need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems -- skills you are learning in school that you will need in college. Created in 1926 for the College Entrance Examination Board, various forms of it have been administered to millions of students in grades 11 and 12 who are applying for admission to American universities.

· Which test should students in grades 6 through 9 take, SAT or ACT?
CTD does not recommend one test over the other, since research has shown that the majority of students have comparable scores on the two tests. Students can qualify for any of CTD's educational programs, the CTD Award Ceremony and other special programs for gifted students with either SAT or ACT scores. Please note that students in grade 6 who score at the 90th or 91st percentile on grade-level achievement tests should consider taking the EXPLORE test, while those scoring at the 92nd percentile or higher should consider taking either the ACT or SAT test.