Duke TIP

What is the Talent Search?

The largest program of its kind, participants in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identify academic strengths, develop abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. TIP assists families in determining how advanced their students’ academic abilities are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

As part of the talent search enrollment, Duke TIP registers eligible seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or SAT (no Essay) as an above-level test. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and it gives them the opportunity to preview a college entrance exam.

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 this talent search, its valuable benefits and resources designed specifically for academically talented youth, and its qualifications for enrollment.

Eligibility Is an Honor

As a seventh grade student with strong intellectual abilities, you are eligible to participate because you achieved a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. You have been identified as part of a select group who would benefit from participation in our program for academically talented students.

We Applaud Your Achievements

Since 1980, more than 2.5 million high ability students have participated in Duke TIP’s talent searches. You are on your way to realizing your full potential as a student, and you should be proud of your accomplishments.

Participation Is Rewarding

Academically talented students need new challenges, special motivation, and support. We will help you grow scholastically by providing the opportunity for above-level testing, feedback on your abilities, educational resources, and encouragement to continue advancing educationally.

Enrollment begins August 1 of each year.