Testing Exceptions

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There are two types of testing exceptions: (1) non-Saturday testing for religious reasons and (2) services for students with disabilities (SSD). 

1. Non-Saturday testing

If your religious convictions prohibit you from testing on a Saturday, you can test on Sunday by obtaining a letter signed by your clergy or religious school on official letterhead requesting non-Saturday testing.

If you are requesting Sunday testing, you cannot enroll online. Instead, you must complete a paper enrollment form, which you can request by emailing 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.

2. Services for students with disabilities (SSD)

ACT and SAT handle all requests for SSD accommodations, not Duke TIP.

To receive accommodations, students must have a documented disability that has been professionally diagnosed. Typically, students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, or other documentation and are currently receiving testing accommodations at school.

Some examples of disabilities include blindness and visual impairments; learning disorders; physical and medical impairments, such as cerebral palsy and diabetes; and motor impairments. There are many others.

Students with diabetes

Testing accommodations for students with diabetes may not be documented at the student’s school but may be easily documented with doctor’s notes for the diagnosis, devices used, or other medications.

Accommodations request deadlines

Accommodations request deadlines are earlier than regular enrollment deadlines, and the approval process is lengthy, so do not delay.

Test Date
Deadline for agency to receive request
ACT 10/26/2019 10/4/2019
SAT 11/1/2019 9/13/2019
SAT 12/7/2019 10/18/2019
ACT 12/14/2019 11/22/2019
ACT 2/8/2020 1/17/2020
SAT 3/14/2020 1/24/2020
ACT 4/4/2020 3/13/2020
SAT 5/2/2020 3/13/2020
SAT 6/6/2020 4/17/2020
ACT 6/13/2020 5/22/2020

The test dates in bold are recommended to ensure students can take advantage of their benefits with no delays. See Getting Started for more details.

Enrollment instructions

  1. Decide on either the ACT or SAT.
  2. Enroll online and indicate the student will be requesting a testing accommodation. Complete the online enrollment by submitting a credit card payment.
  3. Upon completion of the online enrollment, an email will be sent with further instructions on how to submit the proper paperwork to the testing agency.
  4. Follow up with ACT or SAT as needed.

    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.