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 

Please note all assessments for the 2013-14 academic year are now finished.  Details of the 2014-15 assessments will go online in mid-August 2014.

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.

Young Student Assessment Locations

Dates for next year will go online in mid-August 2014

Dublin City University (6-12s)


Athlone Institute of Technology (8-12s)

University College Cork (6-12s)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (8-12s)


University of Limerick (8-12s)


NUI Galway (8-12s)


Sligo Institute of Technology (8-12s)


Tralee Institute of Technology (8-12s)


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


Talent Search

Talent Search applications are now closed.  Details will be available online and from the CTYI office in September 2014.  Please note the Talent Search takes place on dates in January, February and March 2015.

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)


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

The Talent Search fee is €50.

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.


Application by Psychological Assessment

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

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.