Duke TIP

What is the Talent Search?


Whether you are new to TIP or participated in our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, we hope you’ll take a moment to learn about the 7th Grade Talent Search, its benefits, and its qualifications for enrollment.

The largest program of its kind, the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search helps families determine how advanced their students’ academic abilities truly are. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated in a Duke TIP talent search.

Eligibility Is an Honor

Seventh grade students with strong intellectual abilities are invited to participate if they achieve a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. Upon enrollment, Duke TIP registers this select group to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam. After participants take their test, we provide valuable benefits to them throughout high school, including access to unique resources for gifted students developed by experts in the field of gifted education.

Participation Is Rewarding

Academically talented students need new challenges, special motivation, and support to help them reach their full potential. Duke TIP helps participants grow scholastically by providing the opportunity for above-level testing, feedback on abilities, educational resources, and encouragement

Enrollment begins August 1 of each year.