ATYP Recruitment Information

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Information Meetings

Information meetings about the talent search and qualifying for ATYP are held virtually and in-person during late October and early November each year. A video of the presentation is available after the last meeting. You may register to receive a link to a recording of the online meeting.

Students typically qualify for ATYP by taking the high school SAT or ACT during the winter and spring. Recently we have also started offering a portfolio path to ATYP eligibility, however if you use this method you may only pick either math or English (not both) and the portfolio deadline is earlier.

ATYP Eligibility

Path 1 - Traditional

  • Sign up to take the online SAT through CTD Assessments or sign up to take the national ACT in-person at WMU in April or an unofficial ACT in-person with ATYP at WMU in February. Costs vary.
  • Additional assessment information will be requested after testing if the students qualifies for the program. Students qualified for the math program will take an algebra readiness test; qualified English students will be required to submit a writing sample.

Path 2 - Portfolio 

Students will submit:

  • Grades
  • Teacher email so that ATYP can request a teacher recommendation
  • Counselor email address so that ATYP can request a NWEA/MAP score or aptitude test score
  • Written student response on ATYP interest
  • Additional assessment information after initial screening
  • Cost: $35

This option is for those students who are not comfortable with test taking or cannot take a test. You may not qualify for both math and English using this option; you must specify which subject you want to qualify for. This path is not an easier path. More information is available at the registration link.

As always, if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, all fees will be waived. Please also note that the portfolio option only requires the means to upload the written student response and the writing assessment (smart phone is fine). Online testing requires a computer or tablet. For full qualification you must submit everything in your chosen path. However, after the initial testing/submission we will contact you regarding what you need to do to proceed.

Registration is available for virtual testing, in-person testing (national), in-person testing (ATYP) or the portfolio. Portfolios must be submitted by Friday, March 17; once you have completed your initial portfolio registration we will contact your counselor regarding NWEA scores and grades and contact the teacher for a recommendation. If you do not know who to enter as a counselor, please contact your school to ask. Some middle schools do not have counselors, in which case just ask the office whose name to put down instead. It may be your school principal, or a dean of students, or someone with a similar title. Finally, please know that portfolio qualifiers are not at a disadvantage. We will not consider qualification by one path to be "better" than qualification by another path.

If you are planning to take the SAT or ACT either in person or virtually, the Test Preview Seminar helps students understand the timing of the test, what the test questions look like, how to think through the answers, and, perhaps most importantly, reduce student anxiety by making it clear that they will not know all of the answers (and that there is no expectation they will know all of the answers). The cost of the Test Preview Seminar is $35; students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can attend at no charge. You can register for the Test Preview Seminar at the ATYP Store.

The register for CTD Assessment link leads you through the process of registering for the traditional qualifying process. This is not necessary if you are using the portfolio process. The ATYP information guide is the written guide to accompany the video presentation. (Please see the CTD Assessment link below for more information on the Talent Search). 

Dates and Deadlines

  • Test Preview Seminar

    Seminar: Saturday, January 7; Sunday, January 29 (virtual); Saturday, March 4

    Early Registration Deadline: the Monday before the seminar

    Late Registration Deadline: the Thursday before the seminar

    Cost: $35 ($10 additional cost for late registration)

  • Virtual SAT: held monthly January - April

    Dates (deadline the Friday the week prior): 

    • January 21, 2023 (Saturday)
    • February 12, 2023 (Sunday)
    • March 11, 2023 (Saturday)
    • April 22, 2023 (Saturday) 

    Register through CTD Assessment.

    Cost: $50 

  • Official ACT Test: In-person on Saturday, February 11 or April 15

    ACT is allowing students of any age to register for any of their in-person tests. The in-person ACT tests will be given on WMU's campus and will have students of all ages taking the tests. Cost is $63. The recommended test dates are:

    • Saturday, February 11 (deadline to register is 1/6/23, currently not available at WMU)
    • Saturday, April 15 (deadline to register is 3/10/23)
  • Unofficial ACT Test on February 11 at WMU

    Since the in-person ACT test will not be given in February at WMU, ATYP has decided to give their own unofficial ACT test on Saturday, February 11 in Sangren Hall. Registration for this test is open. Financial aid is available (see below). Cost is $40. An email with details about the exam will be sent the Tuesday before the test. After Sunday, February 5, there will be a $10 late fee automatically assessed. The test is capped at 182 students.

Additional assessment information will be sent after qualifying scores are received. 

  • Additional Assessments: Writing

    Preferred deadline for Writing Assessments:

    Thursday, March 23

    Final deadline for Writing Assessments:

    Thursday, April 13

  • Additional Assessment: Math

    Math Assessment Dates (virtual testing):

    Saturday, date in April to be determined


    Thursday, date in April to be determined

  • Financial Aid

    Students who qualify for federally subsidized programs can qualify for fee waivers for all aspects of ATYP. Examples of federally subsidized programs are free/reduced lunch, foster child status, and Medicaid, among others. To receive the code for fee waivers, please email and provide one of the following items:

    • Copy of a letter from your school stating that you qualify for a federally subsidized program. A sample letter is available to customize.
    • Photo of your student's Medicaid card
    • Copy of the first page of your taxes with your total income and number of dependents (please black out the social security numbers)
    • Copy of a letter stating your student is a foster child from a foster agency or the state

    If you have questions, feel free to call us at (269) 387-3553 or email us at


The goal of this timeline is to allow the ATYP qualifying process to be complete in time to help school counselors with planning and scheduling. You will hear back about preliminary qualification within two weeks of online testing and submission of scores. In-person testing results are usually available within four weeks of testing. You will be given information about the additional assessments once you reach that step in the process; this will be by invitation only. If you still have questions, we have compiled answers to a list of frequently asked questions.