7th Grade Talent Search

About TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search helps academically talented students identify their strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. Participants learn about their strengths with an above-level test (either the ACT or SAT) and receive benefits like specialized publications and resources, educational guidance, recognition of their abilities, and academic challenges. Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search is also the first step to attending TIP’s renowned online and face-to-face educational programs.


Students qualify for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test.

For Educators

Are you an educator? Our For Educators section includes all the information and tools you need to start identifying and notifying your students.

Key Dates

March 10, 2018

March SAT test date

March 27, 2018

May SAT online enrollment deadline

April 14, 2018

April ACT test date

April 15, 2018

Schools mailed participation reports

April 15, 2018

Eligible students receive invitations to recognition ceremonies

April 30, 2018

June ACT and SAT online enrollment deadline

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.