Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland

Joining CTYI

Students who wish to take part in CTYI or CAT programmes should take part in either the assessment for 6-13 year olds or for 13-16 year olds.  Alternatively both Primary School and Post Primary Students can submit an Educational Psychologist's Report in lieu of doing an Assessment or Talent Search.

Assessment form for Primary School Students
Assessment form for Secondary School Students

Young Student Assessment

If you are interested in taking part in our young student assessment please download our Application Form. Applications for assessment must be received at least five workings days before the assessment date requested. Applications received after this closing date will be assigned the next available date. Due to the high numbers of applicants we cannot accept late applications. If no more assessments are running in that location we will contact you to arrange an alternative. If for some reason you think our assessment may not suit your child due to special educational needs or if your child has already taken part in an educational psychologist's assessment please check the application by educational psychologist's report section.

Some notes for the young student assessment:

  • No preparation or revision is required. 
  • Students should bring a pencil, eraser and small snack only.
  • To qualify to take part in CTY Ireland Programmes students must qualify in one of the three assessment areas, Abstract, Verbal or Numerical Reasoning. 
  • Students who are in their first year of secondary school should take part in the CTYI Talent Search.
  • The assessment is administered through English only.
  • All students taking part in the assessment are expected to be able to read.
  • The assessment fee of €45 must be paid upon application by cheque, postal order or bank draft.
Assessment for 6-7 Year OldsAssessment for 8-12 Year Olds
Abstract Reasoning Abstract Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning Verbal Reasoning
  Numerical Reasoning
50 minutes 1hr 30 minutes (approximately)
Sample Questions Sample Questions

Assessment Locations

Dates for each location are available on the Application Form.


  • Athlone (Athlone Institute of Technology)
  • Cork (University College Cork)
  • Dublin (Dublin City University)
  • Galway (University College Galway)
  • Letterkenny (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)
  • Limerick (University of Limerick)
  • Sligo (Sligo Institute of Technology)
  • Tralee (Tralee Institute of Technology)
  • Wexford (Carlow Institute of Technology Campus) 

Talent Search

If you are interested in taking part in our post primary talent search please download the Application Form. Post Primary applicants have the opportunity to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). This test is an excellent indicator of outstanding mathematical and verbal reasoning ability, as well as writing skills, at a young age.

In order to be eligible to participate in Talent Search, students must:

  • Be aged between 12 and 16 years.
  • Attend secondary school in Ireland, for students who are still in primary school please check our young student assessment.
  • Present one of the following:
    • A recommendation from a parent or teacher to take part.
    • Evidence of notable achievement at regional or national level in a competition, reflecting high ability in an academic area, e.g. Young Scientist of the Year competition.
    • A recent standardised aptitude or achievement test report showing a 95th percentile or higher national percentile score, relating to mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities (e.g. Drumcondra Reasoning test).

Previous Talent Search qualifiers have been shown to have some of the following characteristics:

  • Outstanding aptitude in either mathematical or verbal reasoning, or both.
  • Excellent ability in written work and/or spoken vocabulary.
  • Exceptional interest in one particular area of knowledge or speciality.
  • Enjoys intellectual challenge and possesses an ability to work things out in their head.
  • Lively and original imagination.

The PSAT is developed by College Board™, which is based in the United States of America. Our test papers are scored in the US. It thus takes ~6 weeks for test results to be sent to students following the exam. For more details on the PSAT, please go to

The Talent Search fee is €50.

Fee Waiver Scheme

Students can avail of free fees to participate in the CTYI Talent Search. We are working in conjunction with DCU Access Service so preference is given to students from North Dublin designated disadvantaged schools.

Talent Search Locations

Dates for each location are available on the Application Form.

  • Athlone (Athlone Institute of Technology)
  • Cork (University College Cork)
  • Dublin (Dublin City University)
  • Galway (National University of Ireland Galway)
  • Limerick (University of Limerick)
  • Sligo (Sligo Institute of Technology)
  • Wexford (Carlow Institute of Technology Campus) 

Qualification through Psychological Evaluation

If a student has taken part in an educational psychologist's assessment they may submit a copy of the educational psychologist's report for evaluation in lieu of taking part in the CTYI Young Student Assessment or Secondary School Talent Search. Reports must be submitted no later than 4 years after the date of the educational psychologist's assessment. If your child has not taken part in an educational psychologist's assessment or their assessment is more than 4 years old, and you do not intend on participating in an educational psychologist's report in the future please check the application by young student assessment or application by secondary school talent search.

Please include the following with the report:

  • A cover letter including:
    • Student's full name.
    • Student's date of birth.
    • Student's home address.
    • Student's class in school.
    • Roll number for school student attends.* 
    • Parent(s)/guardian(s) full name(s).
    • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) contact numbers.
    • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) contact email.
  • A cheque, postal or bank draft for €45 (primary school - Younger) or €50 (secondary school - Older)** 

A copy of the report along with the above can be posted to:

Young OR Older Student Assessments




Dublin 9

*Available from schools upon request, we do not contact schools without parental approval.
**This covers the interpretation fee, if your child does not qualify for the programme based on the educational psychologist report fee can be used towards an assessment in any of our centres.

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