Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland

Joining CTYI

Students who wish to take part in CTYI or CAT programmes should take part in either the Young Student Assessment for 6-13 year olds or the Post Primary Student Talent Search 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.

Young Student Assessment 

All primary school students wishing to participate in CTYI courses must first take an assessment in order to establish eligibility. Please use our Application Form (Greyscale) to apply for a place. Student's should bring a pencil, eraser and a small snack for the 5 minute break in the middle of the assessment. 

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. If no more assessments are running in that location we will contact you to arrange an alternative. Assessment Dates are listed below.

Assessment for 6-7 Year OldsAssessment for 8-13 Year Olds*
Abstract Reasoning Abstract Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning** Verbal Reasoning
  Numerical Reasoning
50 minutes 1hr 50 minutes
Sample Questions Sample Questions

* Students who are in their first year of secondary school should take the PSAT exam. Please see Talent Search
** 6-7 year old students will be expected to be able to read.

Qualification - To be eligible for CTY Ireland programmes, children must qualify in one of the above sections.

The assessment fee is €45.

2013-2014 Young Student Assessment Dates

Dublin City University (6-12s)

Assessment Date
- Start time (8-12s) Start time (6-7s)
Saturday, 14th September 2013 10.30am 11.00am
Wednesday, 25th September 2013 3.00pm 3.30pm
Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 3.00pm 3.30pm
Saturday, 2nd November 2013 10.30am 11.00am
Wednesday, 4th December 2013 3.00pm 3.30pm
Saturday, 11th January 2014 10.30am 11.00am
Wednesday, 26th February 2014 3.00pm 3.30pm
Saturday, 1st March 2014 10.30am 11.00am
Wednesday, 26th March 2014 3.00pm 3.30pm
Wednesday, 23rd April 2014 3.00pm 3.30pm
Saturday, 10th May 2014 10.30am 11.00am
Wednesday, 28th May 2014 3.00pm 3.30pm
Saturday, 14th June 2014 10.30am 11.00am


Athlone Institute of Technology (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 14th September 2013 1.30pm


University College Cork (6-12s)

Assessment Date
- Start time (8-12s) Start time (6-7s)
Saturday, 28th September 2013 1.30pm 2.00pm
Saturday, 23rd November 2013 1.30pm 2.00pm
Saturday, 15th February 2014 1.30pm 2.00pm
Saturday, 24th May 2014 1.30pm 2.00pm


Letterkenny Institute of Technology (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 9th November 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 22nd March 2014 1.30pm


University of Limerick (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 28th September 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 23rd November 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 8th March 2014 1.30pm


NUI Galway (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 21st September 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 9th November 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 1st March 2014 1.30pm


Sligo Institute of Technology (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 17th November 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 9th March 2014 1.30pm


Tralee Institute of Technology (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 21st September 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 16th November 2013 1.30pm


Wexford - Carlow IT campus, Wexford town (8-12s)

Assessment Date & Start time
Saturday, 21st September 2013 1.30pm
Saturday, 22nd March 2014 1.30pm

Talent Search

Application by Talent Search

Post Primary applicanats 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
  • Must attend secondary school in Ireland
  • Have a recommendation from a parent or teacher to take part
  • Or present 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
  • Or present 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)

2014 Talent Search Application (PDF)

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 http://www.collegeboard.com.

The Talent Search fee is €50.

2014 Talent Search Dates

TALENT SEARCH 2014 takes place on three dates:

  • Saturday, 18th January 2014 (closing date for receipt of Talent Search application Friday, November 22nd, 2013)
  • Saturday, 15th February 2014 (closing date for receipt of Talent Search application Friday, 24th January, 2014)
  • Saturday, 8th March 2014 (closing date for receipt of Talent Search application Friday, 21st February, 2014)

Fee Waiver Scheme

CTY Ireland, in association with MOP Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Ireland's largest law firm.

Students can avail of free fees to participate in the CTYI Talent Search. We are working in conjunction with DCU Access Service so preference will be given to students from North Dublin designated disadvantaged schools, please use the contact form to enquire about the fee waiver scheme.


Application by Psycological Assessment

Students who have been assessed independently by a psychologist may submit their report for consideration.

When sending in a Psychological Assessment, please attach a covering letter and include the following:

  • Name of the Student
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) name(s)
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Class in school
  • School Role Number*
  • Parent Email
  • Home phone number
  • Parents' mobile numbers

*Please note this is for our own records only. We will not contact schools without first contacting parents for approval.


The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland is pleased to work in association with Matheson, Ireland’s largest law firm, on three projects: CTYI Talent Search, CTYI Summer Programme, and the Centre for Academic Achievement.