Getting and Using Your ACT or SAT Scores
Did you recently receive a notice from Duke TIP telling you that your child qualifies for Summer Studies? Are you trying to find out what their ACT or SAT scores are? If so, you must contact the testing agencies directly for that information (see below for how) but you do not have to wait until you receive your scores to know which courses your child is eligible to take. Visit tip.duke.edu/calculator and enter in your child's TIP ID to learn which courses your child can apply to. If you need your child's TIP ID, you can request it online using the primary email address on file for your family with Duke TIP. Read on for more information on getting and using your ACT or SAT scores:
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
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'll post the 2018–2019 report here in early April, and we will mail it to you in August, along with a certificate of merit.
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.
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 May 31 of your seventh-grade year.
TIP will keep your scores on record indefinitely.
Neither testing agency will share your scores with colleges unless you ask them to, and TIP will never share your scores with others.
Most students don’t take the ACT or SAT again until applying to college, but you can retest earlier if you’d like more practice or to try to qualify for additional TIP educational programs. To do so, register directly with the testing agency:
- ACT: www.actstudent.org/regist or (319) 337-1270
- SAT: sat.collegeboard.org/register or (866) 756-7346
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.