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The 7th Grade Talent Search is open to current seventh grade students (or eighth grade students who skipped the seventh grade) who qualify through one of the following three methods:

  • scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test
  • scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment
  • scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test that is no more than two years old

For each of these methods, keep these two things in mind:

  1. Students only need to qualify on one subtest or on the composite to be eligible for the program. (Please note that regardless of what subtest qualifies you for the talent search, you will take the full ACT or SAT as part of the talent search.) 
  2. A qualifying score may come from either of the two most recent test administrations. Typically, that means scores from tests taken in either the fifth or sixth grade.

You can use our look-up tool to find accepted tests, subtests, and scores to see if your student qualifies.


If you believe your student qualifies but can't find the test you're looking for, please email us at qualifying_test@tip.duke.edu with the test, subtest, and score in question and we'll let you know if the test is accepted.

If you were a 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participant

If you were a member of the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and took the optional above-level test (i.e., the EXPLORE or PSAT 8/9), you are already qualified to enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search, but you do need to officially enroll. If you did not take the EXPLORE or PSAT 8/9 test while in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, you must provide a qualifying test score to enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search using the standard process described above.

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.