The Center for Bright Kids and Western Academic Talent Search is an academic talent search program based on above-level testing. 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 in Talent Search, over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains.