Western Academic Talent Search - Program Overview

WATS participants take the SAT, ACT or PSAT 8/9 examinations to evaluate their strengths, to gain experience, and to qualify for recognition and special programming. All participants receive a participation certificate, score interpretation information, and a regional summer opportunities guide. High-scoring students testing between October and February are invited to a regional WATS Recognition Ceremony. WATS offers information, forms, and assistance to help students select and register for the SAT, ACT, and/or PSAT 8/9 tests. In the spring, students are sent an Interpretive Guide to help them understand their scores and review how they scored relative to other academically talented students their age. Students also receive access to our Educational Resources Page describing educational opportunities for high ability students in the region and across the country. In addition, participation certificates are sent to schools for each WATS student in celebration of their outstanding abilities. WATS primarily serves 3rd through 9th grade students especially in what is considered the Rocky Mountain region including Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, though we are happy to work with students in any states needing access to talent development programs.


Test Availability By Grade Level

SAT ACT PSAT 8/9
Grade 3 X
Grade 4 X
Grade 5 X
Grade 6 X X X
Grade 7 X X
Grade 8 X X
Grade 9 X X
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