Duke TIP

2Step Enrollment

Regular deadlines have passed for Duke TIP to register students for the ACT or SAT as part of the 7th Grade Talent Search. However, you may still enroll online as a participant in the 7th Grade Talent Search and register for the test directly with ACT or SAT using our 2Step enrollment process.

Step 1: Complete the 7th Grade Talent Search 2Step online enrollment

The talent search fee is $35 payable by MasterCard or Visa. Instructions on how to register for either the ACT or the SAT will be included in your enrollment confirmation email. You will also receive access to a benefit newsletter, The Talent Search Experience, in the confirmation email.

Do I Qualify?

  • You must be in the seventh grade (or a current eighth grader who skipped seventh grade).
  • You must meet the test score requirements. 

Students must have one of the following (available from your school’s counselor):

  • score  at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test or
  • have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale or composite score on an IQ test that is no more than two years old.

Scores from either of the two most recent test administrations are accepted. For most seventh grade students this represents scores from either the sixth grade or the fifth grade. Students need to qualify in only one of the accepted composite or subtest areas.

Can't find a qualifying test? Send an email to qualifying_test@tip.duke.edu to see if a test is accepted.

Step 2: Students register on their own to test with ACT or SAT

After you complete the 7th Grade Talent Search 2Step online enrollment, you must separately register to test with ACT or SAT. Upon receipt of your completed online enrollment, instructions on how to register for either the ACT or the SAT will be included in your confirmation email. These instructions are also listed below.

Test Registration Fee

There is a separate test registration fee for the testing agency:

  • $38.00 for ACT registration (plus an optional Writing portion of $16.50)
  • $51.50 for SAT registration

Enter Duke TIP's score reporting code 5173 in the appropriate section of the ACT or SAT registration. This will ensure that Duke TIP receives your scores directly from the testing agency. Or, you may also submit a copy of your scores to Duke TIP by fax (919-668-9139) or by email.

It is recommended that you take the SAT in January or the ACT in February of your seventh grade year so that there is no delay in benefits; however, you may test any time after. Information on how to register is listed below and will also be included in your confirmation email.

Register for the ACT

Register for the SAT

(319) 337-1270 or www.actstudent.org

Students who are at least 13 should register and pay online. Students younger than 13 must contact ACT to request a paper registration packet.

ID Security Requirements: Before being admitted to test on test day, you are required to present both:
• Your printed ACT admission ticket
• Acceptable identification

Visit www.actstudent.org for a complete list of acceptable forms of identification. If you fail to bring your required identification you will not be allowed to test.

Note: The ACT Talent Search Student Identification Letter located on the Duke TIP website is not an acceptable ID for those who register directly for the ACT with ACT.

(866) 756-7346 or www.sat.collegeboard.com

Students who are at least 13 should register and pay online. Students younger than 13 may obtain a registration packet from a high school or may call SAT to request a paper register by phone.

ID Security Requirements: When registering for the SAT directly with SAT, students in the eighth grade or below are not required to submit a photo for registration on test day. However, while no photo ID is required, enrollees in the 7th Grade Talent Search must present the Talent Search/SAT ID form along with their admission ticket.


Important Note About Recognition

For those testing in December, January, February, or March who qualify for recognition, Duke TIP must receive scores by April 24 in order for a student to be included in ceremony activities. Those testing later than March and who qualify for recognition are not eligible to attend a recognition ceremony;they will receive their award in the mail in late August.

Financial Aid

Students requesting a fee waiver must enroll using a paper (hard copy) 2Step talent search enrollment form. 2Step online enrollment is not available to students requesting a fee waiver. If you are eligible for free or reduced school lunch, the 2Step talent search enrollment fee of $35 is waived when you submit a copy of school's approval documentation. To request a paper 2Step talent search enrollment form, send your mailing address to 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu or call 919-668-9100.