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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 23, 2003

Deadline Is Nov. 1 For Belin-Blank Student Talent Search Registration

The deadline is fast approaching for parents who want to register their children for the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 1. Families who submit forms after this deadline may be assessed a $15 late fee.

This year, registration can be done online by visiting

BESTS is an academic talent search designed to provide above-level testing and student program opportunities for talented students in grades 4 through 12. Its goal is to discover students who need further educational challenges to fully realize their academic talent.

For 10 years the Belin-Blank Center has successfully identified more than 30,000 academically gifted students through programs like BESTS. These students and their parents benefit from an array of services offered by the Belin-Blank Center, from academic planning assistance to special programs offered by the Center throughout the year.

Test dates for the upcoming registration period are:

SAT I (grades 7-9)
* Dec. 6, 2003
* Jan. 24, 2004
* March 27, 2004

EXPLORE (grades 4-6)
* Jan. 31, 2004
* Feb. 28, 2004

ACT Assessment (grades 7-9)
* Feb. 7, 2004
* April 3, 2004

For more information on BESTS contact the Belin-Blank Center at 800-336-6463, or 319-335-6148. Information, and electronic registration, are available at Information about Belin-Blank talent searches is also available online at

Established in 1988, the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development specializes in programming and research to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented children and their teachers. The Center conducts an extensive roster of talent searches, precollege programs, teacher training workshops and counseling programs.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Becky DeCourcey.