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?
To be eligible, you must:
- Be in the seventh grade (or skipping seventh grade this year)
- Meet the test score requirement
Test Score Requirement
Students must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have a score at or above the 95th percentile on any one accepted subtest or total battery/composite on an approved grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, or approved state-criterion referenced test.
- Students need qualify in only one of the accepted subtests or total battery/composite.
- Scores from either of the two most recent test administrations are accepted. For most seventh grade students, this represents scores from either the fifth or sixth grade.
- Score a minimum of 125 on the full scale or composite score of an approved IQ test that is no more than two years old.
- Taking the EXPLORE test through the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search
Find your qualifying test, subtest, and scores using the lookup tool below.
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 email@example.com 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:
- $39.50 for ACT registration (or $56.50 with Writing)
- $54.50 for January SAT
- $43.00 for March, May, or June redesigned SAT (or $54.50 with essay)
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 attachment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is recommended that you take the SAT in January 2016 or the ACT in February 2016 so there is no delay in your benefits; however you may test any time after that. Information on how to register is listed below and will also be included in your confirmation email.
A Note about the Redesigned SAT (rSAT)
The College Board is launching a redesigned SAT starting with the 2016 March administration. For consistency in scores and subsequent qualification for Duke TIP programs, recognition, and opportunities, Duke TIP recommends that talent search students—who want to take the SAT—register for the January 2016 SAT.
Taking the current SAT in January is still an excellent above-grade level testing experience and students will still receive valuable feedback on their academic abilities. In addition, scores from the January SAT will also allow students with qualifying scores to receive an invitation to a recognition ceremony or apply in time to our Summer Studies or eStudies programs.
Those testing in March or later will not receive their scores in time to be invited to a recognition ceremony or to apply to summer or eStudies program this year because the scores will be delayed until May for the March administration.
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 the $39.50 fee (or $56.50 with Writing) 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:
(866) 756-7346 or www.sat.collegeboard.org
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 who qualify for recognition, Duke TIP must receive scores by April 25 in order for a student to be included in ceremony activities. Those testing in March or later and who qualify for recognition, are not eligible to attend a recognition ceremony, but will receive their award in the mail in late August.
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 email@example.com or call 919-668-9100.