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Important Facts About the SCAT Test 

  • SCAT scores remain valid until the student reaches the next SCAT level (for example going from elementary to intermediate), so there is usually no need to take the SCAT every year
  • The SCAT (School and College Ability Test) is a multiple choice test administered by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
  • The SCAT Test is an above-grade level test, therefore, it is important to prep your child for high-level questions using SCAT practice tests
  • The SCAT Test consists of two sections: a Verbal section and a Quantitative section, testing verbal and math abilities, respectively
  • The SCAT Test is a computerized test and is available at computer test centers

SCAT Test Versions

The SCAT test has three grade-based versions:

  • Elementary SCAT - This version is designed for 3rd-6th graders and is administered to students in 2nd and 3rd grade
  • Intermediate SCAT - This version is designed for 6th-9th graders and is administered to students in 4th and 5th grade
  • Advanced SCAT - This version is designed for 9th-12th graders and is administered to students in 6th grade and above

As described above, students are tested on a test version designed for higher grades. Since it’s an above-grade level test, the SCAT is a difficult test, even for bright kids, and it’s important that a child is familiar with the test structure and questions.

SCAT Test Sections and Sample Questions

The SCAT test has two sections: Verbal and Quantitative. Each section includes 55 questions, out of which five are experimental questions that are not counted towards the student’s final score. Each section is 22 minutes long, with an optional 10 minute break in between the two.

Verbal Section

The Verbal section of the SCAT is used to assess a student’s vocabulary and verbal reasoning skills. This section includes multiple choice verbal analogy questions, consisting of two words that go together in a certain way, followed by four pairs of words (the answer choices). The student needs to select the pair of words with the same relationship as the first two words to best complete the analogy. View a sample Verbal question below:

Directions

Each question begins with two words. These two words go together in a certain way.
Select the pair of words from the answer choices that go together in the same way as the first pair of words.

engine: airplane=

  1. dog: legs
  2. road: drive
  3. oar: boat
  4. clouds: sky

Answer: 

The correct answer is C.
The engine makes the airplane run just as an oar makes a boat move. While it is also true that a dog moves with its legs, in this case, the order of the words is reversed.

Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section of the SCAT is used to assess a student's understanding of number operations and mathematical reasoning. This section includes multiple choice mathematical comparisons, consisting of two quantities, of which the student needs to determine which one is greater than the other. View a sample Quantitative question below: 

Directions 

The following question has two parts. One part is in Column A. The other part is in Column B. You must determine if one part is greater than the other or if the parts are equal. Then select one of the three answers below. 

A if the part in Column A is greater
B if the part in Column B is greater
C if the two parts are equal
Column A Column B
Number of tens in 37 6

Answer: 

The correct answer is B. Look at the expression in Column A. The number of tens in 37 is 3. The expression in Column B is 6. 6 is greater than 3. Therefore, the part in Column B is greater than the part in Column A.

Practice for the SCAT Test

In order to succeed on the SCAT, it is important to set aside time and practice with TestPrep-Online. Help your child start preparing for the Elementary SCAT Test for 2nd and 3rd graders or for the Intermediate SCAT Test for 4th and 5th graders so s/he can be confident and ready to succeed on the day of the test. We will soon be offering a prep pack for the Advanced SCAT Test for 6th-8th graders.

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