Over 6,400 4th–6th Graders Take PSAT 8/9 Test through Duke TIP

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger

(919) 668-9153


DURHAM, NC—More than 6,400 students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade took College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) in late 2016 and early 2017.

The PSAT 8/9 is designed to help eighth and ninth graders prepare for college, testing the skills and knowledge they need before they finish high school. But Duke TIP participants in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search take this examination early as an above-level testing experience. These students perform so well on their grade-level exams that they need a more challenging test designed for older students to get an accurate measurement of their abilities.

“Taking the PSAT 8/9 test gives talent search participants unique insight into their abilities that grade-level achievement tests cannot measure,” Sally Taylor, Duke TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search Coordinator, explained. “The resulting scores can help uncover previously unidentified strengths and can be used when developing appropriately challenging educational plans for these high-achieving students.”

Of the over 6,400 testers, thirteen achieved a score in the 99th percentile of students four grade levels ahead of them. Top-scoring students are honored in TIP’s state recognition ceremonies in May and June every year.


About TIP: 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 2.8 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.