ATYP Information for Qualifying

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) and ATYP

October 2020

Want to know why ATYP?

How does ATYP serve its students?

  • ATYP identifies and serves middle and high school high-ability students who need the challenge, are motivated to learn, and are capable of completing above-grade-level curriculum with fast paced instruction.
  • ATYP uses advanced high school and university level curriculum which culminates in Advanced Placement (AP) content and leads to student success in advanced classes.
  • Currently, ATYP has math and language arts programs that focus on advancement and acceleration in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.
  • Students begin the program in 7th or 8th grade and continue for two to four years.
  • ATYP follows the local public school calendar.
  • Parents are responsible for the transportation of their students to and from ATYP; some districts provide a bus.
  • For most students, the courses meet one day per week from 1:20 – 3:50 p.m. (AP classes meet two days per week).
  • Classes are offered Tuesday through Thursday in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo (and now virtually).
  • These students tend to take a seminar/study hall period during the last hour of the school day for the rest of the week (if possible). They do ATYP homework there, as well as other schoolwork. They do not attend a class for that subject at the middle school.

Does it cost anything?

  • Tuition is paid for by public schools for their enrolled students.
  • Revenue from school districts pays for about 75% of ATYP’s costs.
  • The other 25% comes from WMU or CISD (office, classroom, library access) and from donations.
  • For students who are home-schooled or at private schools, the tuition is paid by the families.
  • We currently charge districts $400 per class per semester.
  • Families are responsible for $150 in enrollment/participation fees per year, per student. Portions of these fees are paid at enrollment and at the beginning of each semester. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

How does my child qualify?

  • Your presence here means you’ve taken the first step; we’ve identified your student’s potential based on standardized achievement test scores (90th percentile or better) or from teacher, parent, or counselor recommendations.
  • Register with Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search for the SAT test in December or March, or the ACT test in December or February.

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

  • NUMATS is part of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
  • It seeks to serve gifted children and their families from Pre-K through grade 12.
  • Even if you’re not interested in ATYP, we highly recommend NUMATS as a low-cost assessment option.
  • More information at: (click on Register Now).
  • Deadlines are:
    • January 13 for the February 6 ACT
    • February 11 for the March 13 SAT
    • March 24 for the April 17 ACT
    • Other dates for the SAT or ACT are available in May and June, but these are highly recommended.
  • NUMATS uses a three-step process
    • Step One: Identifying students using: state test scores, achievement test scores, past talent search participant, qualification for school gifted program, teacher and/or parent nomination
    • Step Two: Administer above-grade-level tests
      • Definition: A test designed for older students taken by younger students.
      • Rationale: Above-grade-level tests have enough ceiling (difficult questions) to differentiate among students with advanced abilities.
    • Step Three: Access customized score report and targeted resources
      • NUMATS provides a detailed score report showing how your student compares to other gifted students.
      • NUMATS provides tailored recommendations useful for educational planning.
      • NUMATS provides access to a curated set of resources and educational opportunities appropriate for gifted students.

Which test should I take?

  • The ACT and the SAT are both concerned with high school material.
  • The ACT seems to be better for math oriented students while either test is good for the reading and writing oriented students.

Registering for NUMATS step-by-step directions

What to bring to the test

  • Have several non-mechanical pencils and a calculator with you.
  • Bring an ID with you. Choices are:
    • student ID or passport
    • print and bring the ACT or SAT Student Identification Form (found on our website and under the NUMATS Info tab of the NUMATS Toolbox)
  • Bring your test center admission ticket from the ACT or SAT testing agency.
  • Tests are long – bring a snack and water bottle.
  • Cell phones must be off and watches cannot beep. Leave the phone at home if necessary.

Preparing for the test

  • Read the booklet sent to you by SAT. ACT’s booklet, the NUMATS Student Guide, and other test preparation materials are available for download from the NUMATS Toolbox.
  • Take the practice exam found in the booklet/online for the test you are taking.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast.
  • Arrive at the testing site on time: 7:45 am.
  • Special content prep classes are not recommended and do not help us determine the right placement.

Test Preview Seminar

  • Held on a weekend in January or February.
  • Held online this year. Cost: $35
    • Tips and content: General Overview / Math Overview / English Overview

Why pay the NUMATS fee?

  • ACT/SAT scores for younger students are confusing when viewed out of context.
  • NUMATS provides easy-to-understand material to help young students and parents interpret scores and plan educational needs for the future.
  • Direct online registration for the ACT/SAT is not available for young students not testing through NUMATS. Paper registration forms are hard to find.
  • Students continue to receive information from CTD throughout high school.

ATYP qualifying scores 

ATYP timeline