Above-Grade-Level Testing


The opportunity to take an above-grade-level test each year your student is enrolled in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is one of the benefits of enrolling in the program. Above-grade-level testing can tell you in greater detail how far your student’s abilities go and provide information you can use to create an appropriate educational plan. If you are not convinced, consider this: a top score on grade-level exams only shows that your student has mastered grade-level material. It doesn’t tell you how far above grade level your student's abilities go, nor help you figure out what level of study your student needs.

That’s why we offer the optional PSAT 8/9 as part of the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. This exam was designed for eighth and ninth graders, but we offer it to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders as a diagnostic tool that reveals important nuances about their academic abilities and strengths.

Students can take this test each year that they are enrolled in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. You will receive information that helps you interpret students' scores, making it easy for you to use the scores to create an informed educational plan and advocate at their school.

In addition to the diagnostic benefits, taking the PSAT 8/9 also qualifies students to enroll in Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search when they reach that grade.

Learn about registration deadlines, test content, and more in the PSAT 8/9 section.

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.