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 have a qualifying test score. To review qualifying score requirements, choose the name of your test from the drop-down below:

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

Participants must have scored 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.

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

  • $36.50 for ACT registration (plus an optional Writing portion of $16.00)
  • $51 for SAT registration

Duke TIP recommends 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. Once you receive your scores you must submit them to Duke TIP in order to receive future program benefits. 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 scores directly from the testing agency. You may submit a copy of your scores to Duke TIP by fax, (919) 668-9139 or by email, 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.

Register for the ACT

Register for the SAT

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

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

Students registering through the 2-Step process are subject to ACT’s identification requirements and are not eligible to use the ACT Talent Search student identification letter. 



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

Students who are 13 or older should register online. Students younger than 13 must contact College Board to request a paper registration packet.

ID Security Requirements: If 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. 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.

Note: For those testing in December, January, February or March 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 later than March and who qualify for recognition, are not eligible to attend a recognition ceremony, but will receive their award in the mail in late August.