Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) Policies


Please note that fees and policies have changed from previous years.

The Belin-Blank Center reserves the right to modify or waive these policies. The Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) is subject to the Belin-Blank Center’s privacy policy.

In all cases except I-Excel dates coordinated by the school or ACT registrations coordindated by the school, the Belin-Blank Center will not share scores unless given explicit written permission by the parent. While the Center does not offer school score-sending as a service, we recommend that families share scores with educators at the child’s school, particularly those involved in making decisions about the child’s academic progress. For I-Excel and ACT registrations coordinated by the school, the school contact organizing testing will have access to the scores resulting from the test date and will be able to distribute scores to families.

Discounts for Free/Reduced Price Lunch are at the discretion of the Belin-Blank Center, which may request verification of eligibility. The number of partial fee waivers for Free/Reduced Price Lunch is limited per academic year on a first-come, first-served basis. If this reduced fee is still too great a financial burden, the Center will work with the family to make a financial arrangement that allows the student to participate.

Students may test through BESTS a maximum of once per academic year.

Your child’s data may be used in aggregate and unidentifiable form to contribute to norms.

I-Excel Policies

  • Test dates held at Stetson HATS in Florida have their own set of policies.
  • Educators arranging test dates and any staff that assist them agree to abide by the rules and procedures in the I-Excel administration manual and understand that deviation from this manual can jeopardize the reliability of the results.
    • In particular, it is important to follow the manual’s instructions for timing and the break halfway through the test.
    • Monitoring the students closely during testing is also crucial.
  • Belin-Blank Center staff will monitor test dates electronically and may follow up with the educator who arranged the test date to resolve any anomalies.
  • Policies vary slightly depending on how the test is set up:

ACT Policies

For questions about any of the above policies, please contact