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1 Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Kitty Ver Kuilen District Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Services Cindy Clark, GT Resource Teacher, MHS & IMMS Lisa Nyenhuis, GT Resource Teacher, WIS Heather Hanson, GT Resource Teacher, CE/MPS

2 Outline for this Presentation…  What is NUMATS?  How your Child qualified for participation  Benefits of participation  Which test?  Timeline  Test Day Tips  Parent Role  Questions?

3 What is Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)? Out-of-level testing Occurs on Saturdays off-site Students in grades 3-9 Explore, ACT, SAT Sponsored by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) WCATY connection

4 How to Qualify for NUMATS Top 5% on WKCE of MAP subtests Participation in GT programming Teacher/Parent Nomination 4 years of eligibility

5 BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION Provides an additional “snapshot” ACT/SAT I – Practice EXPLORE– Practice Opens opportunities outside the school setting Some state/nationwide programs have score requirements

6 Participation is voluntary BUT this information is VERY helpful in identifying your child’s strengths and educational needs

7 Identification Process The information from CTD provides one more piece of information to help in identifying the academic strengths of your child AND the academic needs your child exhibits

8 The Bell Curve ← Entire Population Top 95 th Percentile Rankings

9 Which test to take? EXPLORE –3 rd grade 97 th % –4 th grade –5 th grade –6 th grade SAT or ACT –6 th grade 97 th % –7 th grade –8 th grade –9 th grade ACT

10 ACT OR SAT?? ACT includes four subtests: Reading, English, Math Science Reasoning SAT 3 Verbal, 3 Math subtests & Writing subtest Practice for PSAT ACT test for UW System and neighboring universities SAT test for coastal universities and Private schools Test Prep: and ? Check university websites

11 Timeline: October: Registration January & February: Testing March: Test results sent to parents April: Follow-up materials sent to parents to help you interpret results MAY: SCHOOL GETS RESULTS

12 Registration materials available at the Middle and Intermediate School Offices & Resource Rooms OR Register online

13 Test Day Tips Practice Test What does “Out-of-Level” mean? This is a hard test for their age but they qualify for the challenge Good night’s rest Good breakfast Be relaxed This is for fun & experience. It’s NOT about the score Celebrate afterwards

14 Parents’ Role You are your child’s best advocate The school and parents are partners in providing what is best for every child Be informed of opportunities Take advantage of opportunities both in and outside of school.

15 Resources for Questions: McFarland GT Program Website ts/fp_gt.php ts/fp_gt.php Monthly E-Newsletter Kitty Ver Kuilen: 5449 Cindy Clark: 4876 Lisa Nyenhuis: 5460 Heather Hanson: 5616


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