Your Role

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Your role can be broken down into four simple steps.

Step 1: Prepare

Before you get started, you might want to explore this website to better understand our offerings, especially the 7th Grade Talent Search benefits, the purpose of above-level testing, and the enrollment process.

Step 2: Identify

Identify your eligible students using one of the four methods listed on the Identifying Students page, which includes our test look-up tool.

Step 3: Notify

Deliver the exciting news to families! We've made it easy with an invitation form available in English (DOCX) and Spanish (DOCX). Fill out the form for each student and pass it on to students and their families. You can also use the language as a template for emails to families. 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)

In addition, we offer a PowerPoint presentation (with helpful notes included) in English (PPTX) and Spanish (PPTX) that describes our talent search in detail, which you can use in parent meetings. It will be available soon, and you will be able to find it and all of the other tools in the educator toolkit.

Step 4: Enroll

After you complete the steps above, families enroll directly with Duke TIP, but they may ask for your help or encouragement. You can use our materials on enrollment, view key dates to find important deadlines, and pass along information about fee grants for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs. Our educator toolkit section also provides you with material and online tools that you can use to look up qualifying tests and school IDs.

Want to do even more?

You can support your gifted students even more by taking advantage of these opportunities as well.

Display our partnership badge

Duke TIP participating school badge

When you become a participating TIP school or district, you may display your support of academically talented youth by using this partnership badge on your website, social media pages, or in your publications. Right click on the image to save a web-ready version.

Pay for your students to enroll

Some schools use a purchase order to utilize Title 1 or other discretionary funds to pay for their students to enroll in the talent search. Doing so ensures that all academically gifted student are able to access the resources they need, no matter their financial situation. If you’re interested in doing this for your students, please download and follow these instructions (PDF). And don’t forget that we offer financial aid, including fee grants, so students from all economic backgrounds can participate in TIP.

Help students create an educational plan

We advocate for above-level testing because it allows students to better understand their abilities, but that knowledge needs to be acted on. We help students and their families do that, but you can as well. We report participants’ scores to you, so you will be able to learn how your gifted students did on these exams; then, if you’re able, you can use that information to help provide them with the optimal academic challenge.

Become a testing center

If you’re interested in establishing your school as an ACT or SAT test center, follow the instructions from ACT or the College Board. Then, after you’ve received your test center code, email us at so we can add you to our test center database.

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.