Western Academic Talent Search

The 2014-2015 season has drawn to a close.

Please drop us an email with your full postal service mailing address at cbk@centerforbrightkids.org if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the 2015-2016 WATS season.

2015-2016 Testing Dates


Nov 7, 2015; Jan 23, 2016; Feb 20, 2016


Oct 24, 2015 (early); Dec 12, 2015; Feb 6, 2016; Apr 9, 2016 (late)


Nov 7, 2015 (early); Dec 5, 2015; Jan 23, 2016; Mar 5, 2016 (late)

The Western Academic Talent Search is an academic talent search program based on above-level testing and optimal match. Since many bright young students achieve above grade level, the talent search may more accurately measure their abilities than traditional in-grade achievement tests. The SAT, ACT, and EXPLORE tests provide a higher ceiling and valuable assessment information for young academically talented students. Taking these tests also provides students with early experience in taking college entrance-type tests. Students who have participated over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains based upon Talent Search experiences.