It is that time of year. Time to register for NUMATS. So what is that? NUMATS-Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search. So what is that?? The talent search is for students in grades 3rd-9th. Students in grades 3-6th can take the EXPLORE test. It is a test typically given to 8th graders. Students in grades 6-9 can take the ACT and/or the SAT.
why would your student want to do that??? If your student typically
scores in the top 10%, this is a great opportunity for them. An above
grade level tests allows you to get a better academic picture of your
student. The NUMATS web site has a great explanation about the program. The test is given all across the Midwest, and in other states as well.
students who score in the top 1% are invited to Northwestern for an
awards ceremony in June. Some states like Michigan and Wisconsin have
their own awards ceremony. But whether or not your student scores high
enough for an award, it is still a great opportunity for them. Some
students are used to always scoring very highly on tests that are not
that challenging to them. This is a chance for gifted students to be
challenged. ( My son jumped out of bed the day of the test. He was so
excited about the challenge.)
This might be your student as well.