Test Scores

College Board mails their PSAT 8/9 score reports to the tester's home address in mid-April.

If your address changes, contact College Board/ETS customer service at (844) 806-7817  to update your address. Otherwise your scores may be delayed; the US Postal Service will not forward test score reports. But be sure to update Duke TIP as well for future communications!

Duke TIP receives the score results at the same time as families. We analyze the data each year from all 4th–6th Grade Talent Search testers to create a Score Results Summary (PDF). We will present a webinar in late April explaining the score report and comparative statistics that measure your child's scores against both national eighth and ninth grade testers and the Duke TIP Score Results Summary that shows you how your student’s PSAT 8/9 scores compare with those of other talent search participants. We will also provide guidance on how to use this test information to create an educational plan for your child.  

Download the 2017–2018 Score Results Summary (PDF)

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Students whose PSAT 8/9 scores qualify them for a TIP recognition ceremony will receive an invitation to a ceremony in April; you can see a list of the students who qualified for ceremonies in 2016–2017 in the recognition section. Students scoring in the top 10 percent compared to test takers four grade levels above their current grade will qualify for ceremony recognition. Learn more about ceremony qualifying scores in our recognition section.

Making an educational plan

As explained in the above-grade-level testing section, the purpose of having students take the PSAT 8/9 is to better understand their strengths so that you can seek out the educational opportunities they need. With their scores as a guide, you can begin that process. For instance, if your student scored extremely well in math, you might want to speak with teachers about accelerated math options. Duke TIP’s Gifted Today blog contains helpful articles and resources about creating educational plans, academic enrichments, and advocating for your child. You may find additional advice and resources through the National Association of Gifted Children. You could also look at our offerings, like Academic Adventures, eInvestigators, CRISIS, and our Independent Learning products.

Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Once enrolled, for a onetime fee, they receive access to benefits until the end of sixth grade, including optional above-level testing; enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.