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. 

State Qualifying Levels

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

ACT

ACT English ≥ 21
ACT Math ≥ 21
ACT Reading ≥ 21
ACT Science ≥ 21
* Or with three of the four following scores English = 20, Math = 20, Reading = 20, Science = 20

SAT

SAT Math ≥ 530
SAT Critical Reading ≥ 510
SAT Writing ≥ 500

*Or with two of the three following scores: Math = 520, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490

Grand Recognition Ceremony

Each year Duke TIP hosts a grand ceremony at Duke University to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants who meet the grand level qualifying score criteria. Held in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus, students receive a commemorative medal. 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 ≥ 29
ACT Math ≥ 28
ACT Reading ≥ 30
ACT Science ≥ 27
ACT Composite ≥ 28

SAT

SAT Math ≥ 680
SAT Critical Reading ≥650
SAT Writing ≥ 650
SAT Math + Critical Reading + Writing ≥ 1850

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 50 percent NPR and the grand level criteria at approximately the 90 percent NPR.