Duke TIP Information - 7th Grade

The largest program of its kind, participants in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identify academic strengths, develop abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. TIP assists families in determining how advanced their students’ academic abilities are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

As part of the talent search enrollment, Duke TIP registers eligible seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or SAT (no Essay) as an above-level test. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and it gives them the opportunity to preview a college entrance exam.

Whether you are new to TIP or participated in our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, we hope you’ll take a moment to learn about this talent search, its valuable benefits and resources designed specifically for academically talented youth, and its qualifications for enrollment.

Eligibility Is an Honor

As a seventh grade student with strong intellectual abilities, you are eligible to participate because you achieved a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. You have been identified as part of a select group who would benefit from participation in our program for academically talented students.

Do I Qualify?

  • You must be in the seventh grade (or a current eighth grader who skipped seventh grade).
  • You must meet the test score requirements.

Students must have one of the following (available from your school’s counselor):

  • score at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test or
  • have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale or composite score on an IQ test that is no more than two years old.

Scores from either of the two most recent test administrations are accepted. For most seventh grade students this represents scores from either the sixth grade or the fifth grade. Students need to qualify in only one of the accepted composite or subtest areas.

For more information, please go to the Duke TIP website:  https://tip.duke.edu/

**I will be notifying eligible students by the end of September/early October.