Nearly 56,000 Seventh Graders Take College Admissions Exams through TIP

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153

DURHAM, NC—Nearly 56,000 academically talented seventh grade students took college entrance exams through the Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) in late 2014 and early 2015.

These young gifted students were invited to take the ACT or SAT as part of TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search, where participants sit alongside college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students and take these above grade level tests to better measure their academic capability. The seventh graders, who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test, often receive ACT or SAT scores rivaling or surpassing those of their high school counterparts.

“Traditional testing at grade level often fails to accurately measure the academic capabilities of our country’s brightest students,” explains TIP executive director, Martha Putallaz, PhD. “That is why Duke TIP provides gifted students with the opportunity to take an above grade level test like the ACT or SAT. Testing above grade level offers families a better understanding of their child’s academic potential and provides them with guidance on what to provide in terms of academic enrichment beyond the traditional classroom setting.”

TIP provides all talent search participants with a comparative results summary to help them interpret their scores, as well as educational materials and publications to help them use their abilities more effectively. These publications include an online directory of educational opportunities for academically talented students, research and advice for parents on how to raise gifted children, resources to guide families through the college admissions process, and articles that help students learn more about themselves and their interests. The highest scoring students are also invited to attend a recognition ceremony.

In addition to the talent search, TIP operates a number of summer and year-round academic programs available to students who meet eligibility requirements—including TIP’s prestigious Summer Studies programs held at Duke University, other U.S. colleges, and universities in India and China. 


About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. More than 2.5 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.