A test to identify students who are talented verbally, mathematically or in general intellectual ability will be held Jan. 24 at Johns Hopkins University.

The talent search, conducted by the Office of Talent Identification and Development in cooperation with the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, includes primarily seventh-grade students who attend school in the District, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

To be eligible for the test, a student must have been ranked in at least the 97th percentile of national norms for the student's grade on either the total mathematics part, the total verbal part or the total composite score on an achievement test battery. Seventh-graders of any age are eligible if they meet the score requirements, and qualified students in higher grades are eligible if they were born not earlier than Jan. 1, 1968.

All students who participate will receive appraisals of their mathematical reasoning, verbal reasoning and English composition abilities, as well as suggestions for using their abilities more effectively. Top scorers also will receive prizes, such as one-course tuition scholarships at nearby colleges. All students with high scores will be recognized at state or regional awards ceremonies.

The deadline for mailing completed applications to the Office of Talent Identification and Development is Dec. 4. Applications should be mailed to: Laura Thommen, Office of Talent Identification and Development, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 21218. Students unable to obtain forms at their schools may call Laura Thommen at 301-338-8427.