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Stetson HATS Now Offers Testing On Campus!

Through a collaboration with the Belin-Blank Center, HATS is proud to offer testing for high-ability 4th-6th graders on the Stetson University campus. If your child has scored at the 95th percentile or higher on any section of a nationally standardized test (such as the Iowa Assessments, Terra Nova, or Stanford Achievement Tests) or the Florida Standards Assessments and will enter 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the fall, he or she qualifies to take I-Excel, an online assessment created by the Belin-Blank Center.

Why Test?

When children score at the 95th percentile or higher on a standardized test, it tells us that they understand all or nearly all of the material on the test, but it doesn’t tell the extent of their knowledge or what they are ready to learn next. An above-level test (or a test intended for older students) is a good way to give students more space to show what they know. Above-level test results can be used to help make decisions about educational placement, such as more challenging classes in a particular subject.

What Test Can Students Take?

I-Excel licenses content developed by the testing company, ACT, which was designed to measure the academic progress of junior high students. From that content, the Belin-Blank Center has been identifying the academic talents of bright 4th- 6th grade students for over 20 years. I-Excel is a multiple-choice test including Mathematics, Science, English, and Reading. The test is taken on a computer, and each section takes 30 minutes to complete. Total testing time is 2 ½ hours (including breaks).

What Do the Results Tell Us?

Families of students who take I-Excel automatically receive a comprehensive interpretation of their test results through IDEAL Solutions® for STEM Acceleration. This interpretation is an excellent starting point for talking to your child’s school about what kinds of curricular interventions might be appropriate. Additionally, the test results can be used to qualify students for Stetson HATS summer and weekend programs.

Important to Know

  • Payment is by credit card only and is processed on a secure web page.
  • Payment is expected at the time of registration and must be received by 2 weeks before the test date, or the registration will be canceled.
  • Parents can cancel a test registration up to 2 weeks before the test date and receive a full refund. Any cancellations less than 2 weeks before the test are not eligible for a refund.
  • A registration can be moved from one testing session to another (for example, from April to May). Parents should reply to the confirmation email they received from when they registered for the test to make the request to change the test date.
    • The fee to change test dates is $25.
    • Test dates cannot be changed over the phone. Parents will receive a secure payment link used to make the $25 payment and confirm the change.
    • Test date changes will be completed only if space is still available.
    • The deadline for moving a student's registration is within 1 week after the missed date. For example, if a student missed testing on a Saturday, the deadline to contact about rescheduling for another date is by 3 PM Central Time on the Friday following the test.
    • There will be no refunds for missed testing if a student is unable to schedule a make-up date during that school year. For example, if a student misses May testing and there is no later test date, there is no refund.
    • Special circumstances may apply at the discretion of the Belin-Blank Center assessment team or the HATS Program director.

Registration Information

Registration is completed online (be sure to click on your child's grade range, not "Register Today").