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Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search – Information

December 12, 2011

What is NUMATS?

NUMATS is Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).  Started in 1982, NUMATS is a program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) that offers above-grade-level testing for high-performing students in grades 3 through 9. This Talent Search approach is an extremely well-researched and respected program model in gifted education.

NUMATS uses tests intended for older students to provide a more accurate measurement of aptitude, because studies show that students who score in the top 10% on school achievement tests differ widely from average students in their abilities and educational needs. In-grade achievement tests just don’t accurately represent these gifted students’ potential.

NUMATS uses the EXPLORE test—developed by ACT and normally given to students in grade 8—to determine the abilities of students in grades 3 through 6. The ACT and the SAT tests, typically used for college admissions, provide a more accurate picture of the mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities of students in grades 6 through 9.

After students test, parents receive comprehensive information about how their student measures up to other gifted students. This valuable feedback helps families plan for the future.

When are NUMATS test dates?

Test dates and sites can be found on the NUMATS site.  Remaining test dates for this year are:


Test Test Date
Online Registration Ends
January 21, 2012
(January 22, 2012)*
December 15, 2011 $61
ACT EXPLORE February 18, 2012 January 16, 2012
$12 late registration fee begins
December 16, 2011.
ACT February 11, 2012
(February 12, 2012)*
December 19, 2011 $69
ACT April 14, 2012
(April 15, 2012)*
February 23, 2012 $69
ACT June 9, 2012
(June 10, 2012)*
April 19, 2012 $69
SAT January 28, 2012
(January 29, 2012)*
December 19, 2011 $84
SAT March 10, 2012
(March 11, 2012)*
February 6, 2012 $84
SAT May 5, 2012
(May 6, 2012)*
April 2, 2012 $84
SAT June 2, 2012
(June 3, 2012)*
April 30, 2012 $84

*Non-Saturday test dates are for students whose religion prohibits testing on Saturdays. Dates may vary depending on state. See Test Center and Test Date Lookup.)

Boldface test dates allow for award ceremony consideration.

Where are testing centers?

Look up ACT EXPLORE centers here and ACT and SAT test centers here.

Who is eligible for NUMATS?

Eligibility is determined through participation in a school gifted program, recommendation by parent or teacher, past participation, or national or state test scores.  See Eligibility Requirements for more details.

Where can I find more information on NUMATS?

On the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development’s NUMATS website

Thank you for reading Rochester SAGE!  Together we can make a difference for gifted children!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 27, 2012 11:04 PM

    Has anyone had a child that participated in the NUMATS summer program? I just submitted my son’s application (3 wk program). Any feedback on the program would be appreciated.

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