Duke TIP

Talent Search for Homeschooled Students

Academic talent searches help families find out how advanced students' abilities truly are. Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. By taking above-level testing through Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search, gifted students and their families gain a far better understanding of where the student stands in relation to gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented homeschooled seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved during their elementary or middle school years. While most homeschooled children complete standard testing, we recognize that some do not, and we accept a parent nomination form in these rare instances. Eligible students are then invited to take the ACT or SAT as seventh graders, which allows greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and resources designed for gifted students.