Getting Started

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Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search starts students down a path that helps them discover, celebrate, and develop their academic talents.

Enrolling

There are two ways to enroll.

1. Online (preferred)

The fastest and easiest way to join the 7th Grade Talent Search is to enroll through our enrollment site.

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2. By mail

If you can’t enroll online, you can request a paper enrollment form from your school or by emailing 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu. Be sure to include your US mailing address in the body of the email.

Additional instructions are included on the form, but please note that an email address is still required, and that it may take up to five weeks to receive your follow-up packet, from the time we process your enrollment.

The timeline

Enrollment is open from August 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019.

When they enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search, students select a test date for either the ACT or SAT—an above-grade-level testing experience that is at the heart of the 7th Grade Talent Search. (Read more about our above-level testing philosophy.) They also immediately receive access to other benefits, including specialized publications.

After taking the ACT or SAT and receiving their scores, students will receive information about other benefits they are eligible for, including recognition ceremonies and educational programs.

Students who are interested in recognition ceremonies or educational programs should ensure they enroll early enough to be eligible for those benefits.

Test
Test Date
Paper Application Postmark Deadline
Online Enrollment Deadline
ACT 10/27/2018 9/19/2018
SAT 11/3/2018 9/10/2018 9/26/2018
SAT 12/1/2018 10/10/2018 10/24/2018
ACT 12/8/2018 10/10/2018 10/24/2018
ACT 2/9/2019 12/13/2018 1/8/2019
Summer Programs: Students testing after February 2019 may not receive their scores back in time to apply to the Summer Studies Program after seventh grade. However, students who test after February and achieve a qualifying score will remain eligible to apply in future summers. Once eligible, always eligible!
SAT 3/9/2019 1/30/2019
Recognition Ceremonies: Students must take the ACT or SAT by the end of March to receive an invitation to attend a recognition ceremony, should they achieve a qualifying score. Duke TIP does not receive scores from tests taken after March in time to invite eligible students to ceremonies. However, students who test after March and achieve a qualifying score will be mailed a medal in the summer.
ACT 4/13/2019 2/27/2019
SAT 5/4/2019 3/27/2019
SAT 6/1/2019 4/30/2019
ACT 6/8/2019 4/30/2019

Deadlines are midnight eastern time.

Taking the ACT or SAT independently

Part of the talent search enrollment fee covers the ACT or SAT test registration, so we have an alternate registration process for students who have taken or will take the ACT or SAT on their own. It allows those students to use the ACT or SAT scores they already have to access TIP benefits without testing again.

If you’re one of these seventh graders, you should email us at 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu with your US mailing address in the body of the email to request a paper 2Step enrollment form.

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.