Getting and Using Your ACT or SAT Scores

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Getting your scores

ACT or SAT will mail you an official score report six-to-eight weeks after your test date.

You must contact ACT or SAT directly to check whether your scores are available—TIP is not able to provide any information about them. Students who are thirteen or older can view their scores at the ACT or SAT website after creating an account.

SAT will also provide scores over the phone at (866) 756-7346 for students who are younger than thirteen. However, for confidentiality reasons, ACT will not give scores by telephone, email, or fax.

Reviewing your answers

For certain test dates, you can also request copies of your questions and answers from ACT or from SAT’s Question and Answer Service.

Updating your address

The testing agency will use the mailing address you listed in your talent search enrollment. You can update your address with our student update form.

Using your scores

TIP Score Results Summary

The official score report compares your scores to recent eleventh- and twelfth-grade US high school students. But to provide further diagnostic insight, in accordance with our testing philosophy, we provide a second Score Results Summary report (PDF), which provides more detail and allows students to understand how they performed relative to other seventh graders in the talent search. We will mail it to you in May.

The score results summary provides suggestions and advice for further educational development based on your performance. Those scores may also qualify you for a recognition ceremony or one of our educational programs like Summer Studies or eStudies. You can view eligibility criteria for those options now, and we will provide further information to qualifying students throughout the year.

Permanent records

ACT scores are kept on file permanently, but by default SAT scores from seventh and eighth grade are not. To keep SAT scores on file permanently at SAT, you must submit a request to the College Board before July 30 of your seventh-grade year.

TIP will keep your scores on record indefinitely.

Sharing scores

Neither testing agency will share your scores with colleges unless you ask them to, and TIP will never share your scores with others.

Retesting

Most students don’t take the ACT or SAT again until applying to college, but you can retest earlier if you’d like. To do so, register directly with the testing agency:

If you retest, please fax, mail, or email Duke TIP a copy of your scores so we can update our records:

Test on Your Own
Duke University TIP
300 Fuller Street
Durham, NC 27701

Fax: (919) 681-4182
Upload: apply.tip.duke.edu/upload (select "Summer Studies Test Score" in dropdown menu)

You can also have your scores reported directly to Duke TIP from the testing agency by entering score reporting code 5173 when registering for the ACT or SAT.

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.