Qualification Criteria - Accepted Tests & Score Guidelines to Apply

Davidson Academy Reno & Davidson Academy Online

Both the Davidson Academy Reno and Davidson Academy Online 2021-2022 applications are now open! The deadline for both campuses is January 31, 2021. 



The following tests are accepted as part of the Davidson Academy application process. Please note:

  • Include an official, complete report with all pages attached. Reports for individually administered IQ and achievement tests often include the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, explanation of findings, and recommendations. 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.
See this Davidson Gifted Database series on testing:

  • Submitted testing needs to have been administered within three to five years, depending on the test, from the time of applying to obtain a current snapshot of the applicant’s intellectual and academic abilities.
  • Individual testing reports should meet or exceed the testing criteria listed below for the grade level the applicant was at the time they took the test for the talent search/college placement testing options. Information provided by the parent or tester regarding the student’s testing experience or extenuating circumstances will be considered, although it will not override test scores that fall significantly below the scores listed.
  • Applicants who are Grade 6 or below at the time of application are required to submit scores from one of the following: Kaufman Test of Education Achievment (KTEA), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ), PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 & PSAT/NMSQT, ACT OR SAT test. IQ testing submitted will be considered as supplemental information. Applicants must meet or exceed on at least two of the PSAT scores listed. This also applies to homeschooled students who are 12 or younger and being homeschooled at or below 6th grade level at the time of application.
  • Applicants who are Grade 7 or above may submit an SAT, ACT, PSAT or one of the Individually Administered IQ Tests listed to meet the testing submission requirement. These students only need to submit one of these three tests. This also applies to homeschooled students who are 13 or older. 
  • Applicants applying for a single course through the Online campus must show a qualifying score on a test below in the subject area for which they are applying. For example, applicants who are applying for an English course and are submitting an SAT test as a part of the application must meet the minimum score requirement in the EBRW category. Meeting the minimum score in Math or Total is not considered a qualifying score if the applicant is applying for a single course in English. 
  • Applicants who have previously applied and were declined admission are often asked to submit updated testing and/or grade reports. Applicants who were declined admission and wish to reapply will need to complete the current online application and upload an ACT or SAT testing report administered within the past three years.
  • The published testing criteria were established in consultation with national academic talent search organizations and other professionals in gifted education.
  • Following initial review of an application, additional testing may be requested of applicant.
  • Detection of omitted or falsified information may result in terminating the application review process or revoking acceptance and/or enrollment.

For questions not addressed on these pages, please email applications@davidsonacademy.unr.edu. Emails will be answered within three to five business days.


ACCEPTED TESTS


Individually Administered IQ Tests

(Administered during the past five years)

IQ test score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales - Fifth
Edition (SB5)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal
  • Nonverbal
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition
(WISC-IV)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Perceptual Reasoning
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition
(WISC-V)

Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
  • Nonverbal
OR at least two of the following:
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
Differential Ability Scales - Second Edition (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Ability
  • Nonverbal Reasoning
  • General Conceptual Ability


Talent Search/College Placement Tests

(Administered during the past three years)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Qualified applicants must provide scores that meet or exceed the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) OR Math OR Combined scores as indicated in the following table.

SAT test score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
SAT Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
EBRW 620 640 690 730 750
Math 630 660 710 750 780
Total 1250 1300 1400 1480 1530


ACT Assessment (ACT)

Qualified applicants must provide score reports that meet or exceed at least 3 out of 5 scores of those indicated in the following table.

ACT score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
ACT Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
English 27 28 31 33 34
Math 26 27 31 33
34
Reading 28
29 31 33 34
Science Reasoning 25
27 30 32
33
Composite 25
27 30 32
33


PSAT 8/9

PSAT test score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
PSAT 8/9 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
EBRW 600 640 690
Math 570 660 710
Total 1140 1300 1400


PSAT 10 & PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT test score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
PSAT 10 & PSAT/NMSQT Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9
EBRW 620 640 690 730
Math 630 660 710 750
Total 1250 1300 1400 1480


Individually Administered Achievement Tests

Achievement test score criteria for Davidson Academy admissions.
Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement - Second or Third Edition (KTEA-II or KTEA-3)




Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Reading Composite
  • Math Composite
  • Written Language Composite
  • Comprehensive Achievement Composite
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Third
Edition (WIAT - III)





Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Total Reading Composite
  • Mathematics Composite
  • Written Expression Composite
  • Total Achievement Composite
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement -
Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Ach)





Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Broad Reading
  • Broad Math
  • Broad Written Language
  • Total Achievement

For testing requirement questions, please contact applications@davidsonacademy.unr.edu.