ACT and Talent Search Information
Parents are welcome to sign their student up to take the ACT. This is NOT done through NMS and would be a process the parent completes on his or her own. This first item to consider is to determine if you would like your child to enroll in a talent search (talent searches listed below) or only register for the ACT/SAT. If your child is under 13, they must request a paper application of the ACT/SAT and register through the mail. MPS does not encourage nor discourage middle school students from participation in the ACT or SAT.
Academic Talent Identification Programs
Students enrolled in grades 6, 7, or 8, who have been identified by their schools as academically talented may be invited to participate in an academic talent search program that includes taking the ACT.
Many of these programs offer a one-step registration option that combines registering for the academic talent search program with registering for the ACT. Talent search participants are advised to follow the instructions they receive from their respective program to register for the ACT. This may require registering directly with the talent search program rather than using ACT online registration or an ACT registration packet.
For details about specific academic talent search programs, visit these websites. MPS does not encourage nor discourage students from participation in these talent searches:
- Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) at The University of Iowa
- Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University
- Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) at Truman State University
- Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
- Talent Identification Program (TIP) at Duke University
- Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) at Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Development Center