Qualifying

Student with a mask on in a classroomQualifying Process

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.

ATYP accepts test scores from the October to May testing dates to qualify for the following school year.  You can qualify using the June test if absolutely necessary but doing so will reduce the amount of time available for summer homework. 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.

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. 2.

Qualifying scores for ATYP mathematics (Updated 3/2018)

SAT: no prior algebra: Math Section Score ≥ 540

With one year algebra: Math Section Score ≥ 570

ACT: no 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 (updated 3/2018)

SAT: Reading Test Score ≥ 28 or Writing and Language Test Score ≥ 28 with neither below a 24 (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

Additional Qualification Information

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 three times per year) 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.

For more information, check out this year's specific qualification steps.