Qualifying

In the fall of each year, middle school counselors are asked to identify students in their schools who might qualify for more challenging learning opportunities. Typically, any student who scores at the 90th percentile level on a grade-level national or state assessment is invited to learn about Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. This model identifies students needing additional challenge and provides them with above-grade-level testing.

High-potential students are invited to participate in the talent search by taking the SAT or ACT. To ensure that the office receives your scores you must send your scores to us by noting our code in the additional score report section of the registration information for the test (just before payment). The code for SAT is 1944, the code for the ACT is 6007. You may also email or mail ATYP a copy of your scores when you receive them.

Information meetings about the talent search and qualifying for ATYP are held throughout late October and early November each year. A letter was sent home to students identified by the schools (Kalamazoo letter and Battle Creek letter). 

Kalamazoo meetings (all meetings held from 7-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

  • Thursday, October 5, Plainwell Middle School
  • Tuesday, October 10, Vicksburg Middle School
  • Wednesday, October 11, Milwood Magnet School School (KPS)  
  • Monday, October 16, Linden Grove Middle (KPS)
  • Monday, October 23, Mattawan Middle School          
  • Wednesday, October 25, Gull Lake Middle School
  • Sunday, October 29, Western Michigan University, 1910 Sangren Hall, (4-5 p.m.)

Directions for Kalamazoo Meetings

Battle Creek meetings (all meetings held from 6-7 p.m.)

  • Thursday, October 12, Harper Creek Middle School

  • Tuesday, October 17, Pennfield Middle School

  • Thursday, October 19, Marshall Middle School    

  • Wednesday, October 25, Lakeview Middle School

  • Thursday, October 26, Hastings Middle School

Directions for Battle Creek Meetings

If you are interested in qualifying for ATYP, but cannot make the information sessions, you may find the resources listed below helpful. These are the same materials presented at the meetings. The information guide walks you through the process of registering for the talent search, which is the actual qualifying process. (Please see the CTD/NUMATS link below for more information on the talent search.) There are testing options available throughout the year.

Current test takers: if you have not received your admission ticket by the Monday before the exam, you may contact the testing company (for ACT test takers call (319) 337-1270, for SAT test takers call (866) 756-1270). For general talent search questions, you may contact NUMATS at (847) 491-3782 ext. 3.

ATYP accepts test scores from all testing dates; you may take the ACT or SAT during any month testing is available to qualify for ATYP. Taking the test later in the school year does not make it easier to get into ATYP. ATYP does not utilize the PSAT for entry into the program; to qualify for ATYP you must take the ACT or the SAT.

Click on any of the links below for more information or check out our frequently asked questions.

Qualifying scores for ATYP mathematics (subject to change)

SATMath Section Score ≥ 550

With one year algebra: Math Section Score ≥ 580

ACTno prior algebra: Math ≥ 20 as well as a combined (math + reading)  38

With one year algebra: Math ≥ 22 as well as a combined (math + reading)  40

Qualifying scores for ATYP language arts (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

SATReading Test Score ≥ 28 or Writing and Language Test Score ≥ 28 (Note: this is found in the section under Test Scores, this is a subscore and not the 3-digit section score)

ACT: combined (English + reading) ≥ 46 with neither below 22

A qualifying SAT or ACT score in your mailbox does not automatically register you for ATYP. If you have taken the SAT or ACT and have not heard from our office by May 1, or one month after test taking (whichever is later), please mail, email or fax us a copy of the scores.

Letters are sent to all testing students at the end of April (if we have a copy of your scores), regardless of whether you qualify. Talent Search participants who receive a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT are then invited to attend a more detailed session at WMU in May. Qualifying students will receive a link to the online registration site. Registration (in which you agree to pay $50 per semester) is not complete until the form has been successfully submitted. 

If you have any questions regarding receipt of test scores, qualification, or the registration process, please do not hesitate to call us at (269) 387-3553 or email atyp-info@wmich.edu.