Educator Toolkit

A teacher speaks with his students in a Duke TIP science classroom.

School ID look-up

Use our school ID look-up tool to find your Duke TIP School ID to put on the invitation form. If your school is not listed, email

Test center lookup

Use our test center look-up tool to find nearby ACT and SAT test centers.

Test date calendar

While above-level testing is available through June, the discontinuation of the January SAT by the College Board makes it important to notify students as early as possible this year. Testing earlier allows a student to receive certain talent search benefits with no delays as shown below.

Test Date
Paper Application Postmark Deadline
Online Enrollment Deadline
ACT 10/28/2017 9/13/2017
SAT 11/4/2017 9/5/2017 9/27/2017
SAT 12/2/2017 10/10/2017 10/25/2017
ACT 12/9/2017 10/10/2017 10/25/2017
ACT 2/10/2018* 12/13/2017 1/8/2018
SAT 3/10/2018** 1/30/2018
ACT 4/14/2018 2/27/2018
SAT 5/5/2018 3/27/2018
SAT 6/2/2018 4/30/2018
ACT 6/9/2018 4/30/2018

Deadlines are midnight eastern time.

*Summer Programs—Because summer programs fill quickly, testing after February may preclude a student from participating the summer after seventh grade. However, students who test after February and achieve a qualifying score will remain eligible to apply in future summers. Once eligible, always eligible! Check out the application periods for the Summer Studies Program and eStudies Program.

**Recognition Ceremonies—Students must take the ACT or SAT by the end of March to receive an invitation to attend a recognition ceremony, should they achieve a qualifying score. Duke TIP does not receive scores from tests taken after March in time to invite eligible students to ceremonies. However, students who test after March and achieve a qualifying score will be mailed a medal in the summer.


School update form

Web form where you can update your contact information, sign up for email announcements, and request talent search materials.

The Educator Guide (PDF)

A print guide giving an overview of the program.

Student Brochure (PDF)

An overview of the program for students and their families. A Spanish version (PDF) is also available.

Talent Search Overview (PDF)

A short overview of both the 4th–6th and 7th Grade Talent Searches.

Invitation form (DOCX)

A form you can fill out to tell students they are invited to the 7th Grade Talent Search. A Spanish version (DOCX) is also available. There is also a version that includes a test center recommendation section if you would like to direct your students to particular testing locations. It's available in both English (DOCX) and Spanish (DOCX)

Fee grant form (DOCX)

A form that allows students and families to request a fee grant. A Spanish version (DOCX) is also available.

Enrollment Form Instructions in Spanish (PDF)

Instructions to help Spanish-speakers enroll in the program.

Results Summary (PDF)

Report sent to families providing information on how their students' scores on the ACT and SAT compare to other TIP members.

Partnership badge

A badge to you can include on your website, social media pages, and publications to show that you are a Duke TIP partner.

Duke TIP participating school badge


Purchase order instructions (PDF)

Instructions for educators who would like to pay for their students’ enrollment.

PowerPoint presentation (PPTX)

Talking points for teachers to use when talking to students and families. A Spanish version (PPTX) is also available, and there is a recorded version you can show to parents if you do not want to do the presentation yourself.

Sample script (PDF)

A script to use for a recognition ceremony for your qualifying students.

Certificate (PDF)

A certificate you can use to honor your qualifying students.

Press Release Template (Word)

A press release template to help you notify local press about your students' achievements.


Teachers Workshop

A blog and community space for teachers featuring advice on classroom challenges, tips, and lesson plans.

Gifted Today

TIP's blog with research, research-backed advice, and listings of summer programs and competitions for academically talented students.

Webinars and information sessions

A list of upcoming and recorded webinars on TIP programs and benefits, hosted by TIP staff.

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.