EXPLORE® Test: Above-Level Testing
Gifted students can often top out on grade-specific tests, leaving parents and teachers wondering just how far above grade level they can perform. Above-level EXPLORE® testing offers insight into a student’s academic abilities by providing personal measures that go well beyond standard testing. Because the test is traditionally given in the eighth grade, it not only better measures the academic levels of gifted students in grades four through six, it gives them invaluable testing experience as well.
Test registration begins September 2 for current participants in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Students enrolling for the 2014-2015 talent search may register beginning October 1.
Testing is a Benefit
As a benefit of the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, all enrolled fourth through sixth grade participants are eligible to take the EXPLORE test once each school year. Students should expect this test to be challenging and parents should view it as a diagnostic tool, rather than a barometer of intelligence. Though Duke TIP recommends EXPLORE testing, it is not required for participation in any of our talent search benefits or educational offerings.
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.