Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland

Joining CTYI - Younger Students

Students who wish to take part in CTYI or CAT younger student programmes should take part in the assessment for 6-13 year olds

If you are interesting in taking part in the young student assessment please download and complete the Assessment form for Primary School Students.

Alternatively Post Primary Students can submit an Educational Psychologist's Report in lieu of doing an Assessment or Talent Search.

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) 

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. 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 

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)**  

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

Young 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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