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Accepted Tests

The 2023-2024 application is now open until February 28, 2023. Please see our Eligibility Criteria for important information pertaining to application requirements. Applicants only need to submit one of the accepted tests.

Single-course enrollment applicants must submit qualifying test scores in the subject they are applying for.

The published testing criteria were established in consultation with national academic talent search organizations and other professionals in gifted education.

The Davidson Institute has partnered with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) to offer the opportunity to take an official practice SAT powered by Khan Academy. Scores from this administration can be used to apply to Davidson Academy Online.

For more information and to register, click here.

General Testing Submission Requirements

Applicants who are 12 and younger

Applicants who are 13 and older

Applicants applying for single-course enrollment

Applicants who have previously applied and were declined admission

Open the Accepted Tests below to review the testing and score requirements for each test. For help with selecting the right test, please go to the Testing FAQ.

Accepted Tests

ACT Assessment (ACT)

Differential Ability Scales - Second Edition (DAS-II)

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement - 2nd or 3rd Edition (KTEA-II or KTEA-3)

PSAT 8/9


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales - Fifth Edition (SB5)

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Fourth Edition (WIAT - IV)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition (WISC-V)

Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement - Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Ach)

Testing FAQ

  • For talent search/college placement tests, a copy of an electronic or paper official score report from the talent search organization, College Board, or ACT can be submitted.
  • Individual testing reports should meet or exceed the testing criteria listed above for the grade level the applicant was at the time they took the test for the talent search/college placement testing options.
  • Any testing reports submitted that are not listed in the accepted tests page will be considered supplemental material.
  • Please read the Davidson Institute's article on How to Get Your Child Tested for Giftedness to find out where to get the testing administered.
  • For more questions, please go to our Application and Admissions FAQ page.

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