EXPLORE® Test: Above-Level Testing
Above-level EXPLORE® testing offers insight into student's academic abilities by providing personal measures in English, math, reading, and science and invaluable testing experience. Students who already excel on grade-specific tests may benefit from this above-level test (traditionally given in the eighth grade), which will provide helpful insight into their level of ability and their depth of knowledge.
Though Duke TIP recommends taking advantage of this opportunity, testing is optional and is not required for participation in any of our talent search benefits or educational offerings. All enrolled participants in the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search are eligible to register for the EXPLORE test once each school year.
Parents and testers should expect this test to be challenging. The EXPLORE consists of four 30 minute tests measuring aptitude in mathematics, science, English, and reading. Total testing time exclusive of instructions and breaks is about 2 ½ hours.
2013-2014 Dates and Fees
|Test Date||Registration Deadline (and fee)||Late Registration Deadline (and fee)|
|November 9||October 10 ($35)||No late registration |
|January 25||December 19 ($35)||December 20–January 2 ($55)|
|January 26||($35) Only for students who cannot test on Saturdays due to religious reasons. Call Duke TIP for more information and registration deadline.|
|February 15||December 19 ($35)|
December 20–January 15 ($55)
Duke TIP EXPLORE testers who achieve a composite score at or above the 99th percentile are honored for their outstanding achievement at a recognition ceremony in May or June.
ACT provides forms and determines deadlines for special testing accommodations. Testers requesting this service must complete the accommodations form, including the necessary documentation, and then send directly to ACT. Contact Duke TIP at (919) 668-9100 with questions.