Academic Talent Search

The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa conducts an annual academic talent search using an above-level assessment for eligible students in grades 4-9. The academic talent search is offered to students who have scored at or above the 95th percentile in any subject area on a standardized test, such as Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Identified students take an above-level assessment to better determine their specific academic strengths.

Students in grades 4-6 are invited to take the 8th grade-level I-Excel, and students in grades 7-9 are invited to take the 12th grade-level ACT®. Above-level testing can help you learn more about your students’ academic abilities. Watch the video, Academic Talent Search: Bridge to Opportunity, then select the grade level below to find the testing services that fit your high-ability student.

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Grades 4-6

I-Excel Dates:

Registration is completed online. Testing costs for the I-Excel is $65.00. 

Grades 7-9

ACT Dates:

  • February 9
  • April 13
  • June 8  - (Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 1, 2019)

Registration is completed online. Testing costs for the ACT is $70.00.