Older Student Assessments

Joining CTYI - Older Students

Students who wish to take part in CTYI or CAT Older Student programmes should take part in the assessment  for 13-16 year olds.

Secondary school students can submit an Educational Psychologist's Report in lieu of doing an Assessment

Assessments for 2022 are now available, please download the following application here.

If you have any questions regarding secondary school assessments, please contact talent.search.assessments@ctyi.org

Older Students at CTYI

Talent Search

Post Primary applicants have the opportunity to take the School and College Ability Test (SCAT). 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 SCAT test papers are scored in the US. It thus takes ~6 weeks for test results to be sent to students following the exam. 

The Talent Search fee is €60.

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

  • Cork 
  • Dublin 
  • Galway 
  • Limerick 
  • Sligo
  • Letterkenny

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 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 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 €60 (secondary school - Older)** 

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

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.