Duke TIP

What is the Talent Search?

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the academic and social needs of gifted students. Our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is the entry point for TIP benefits that can motivate gifted students to realize their full potential throughout their school years and beyond. Eligibility for the talent search is an honor. The program is open only to fourth, fifth, or sixth grade students who achieve a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. 

Participants receive recognition and a variety of benefits to nurture their academic talent, including a unique online curricula, educational resources, access to research-based advice and more. A major benefit is the opportunity to take EXPLORE®, an above-level test designed by ACT for eighth grade students. Taking this optional test helps younger gifted students clarify their academic abilities and qualifies them to enroll in our 7th Grade Talent Search once they complete the sixth grade.

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Enrollment is Easy

You can enroll in the talent search and register for the optional EXPLORE test online using a Mastercard or VISA. The one-time $40 fee covers all benefits for the duration of the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. The EXPLORE test is an additional $37 paid at the time of EXPLORE registration. Fee waivers are available but you cannot enroll online if you are requesting a fee waiver; you must complete a paper application instead. Email 456talentsearch@tip.duke.edu to request a paper application.

Enrollment opens on October 1.