Duke TIP

Recognition Ceremonies

Special award ceremonies are held to bring families together so they can celebrate the outstanding achievement of 7th Grade Talent Search participants. Students qualify for recognition ceremonies based on ACT and SAT scores. Qualifying students receive invitations in April. Students who test after March do not attend ceremonies; their awards are mailed in August.

State Recognition Ceremonies

Each year Duke TIP hosts at least one state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest Talent Search enrollments (currently AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN and TX) to honor students currently in the 7th Grade Talent Search who meet the state level qualifying score criteria. Some states have more than one ceremony. The ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal. Invitations are mailed to qualifying students in April.

State Qualifying Levels

Students invited to a state ceremony must meet at least one of the following criteria:

ACT

ACT English ≥ 22
ACT Math ≥ 22
ACT Reading ≥ 23
ACT Science ≥ 22

SAT (administered beginning March 2016 to present)

SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 550
SAT Math ≥ 540

Grand Recognition Ceremony

Each year Duke TIP hosts a grand ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants who meet the grand level qualifying score criteria. The ceremony itself is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal. Invitations are mailed to qualifying students in April.

Grand Qualifying Levels

Students invited to the grand ceremony must meet at least one of the following criteria:

ACT

ACT English ≥ 31
ACT Math ≥ 29
ACT Reading ≥ 31
ACT Science ≥ 28

SAT (administered beginning March 2016 to present)

SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 670
SAT Math ≥ 680

Score Qualification Rationale

Duke TIP routinely evaluates ceremony score levels to make sure they are in line with the national percentile rankings (NPR) for juniors and seniors (traditional testers) taking the ACT and SAT. Duke TIP has set the state level criteria at approximately the fiftieth national percentile rank (NPR) and the grand level criteria at approximately the ninetieth NPR.