Eligibility

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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 three methods:

  1. Scoring at or above the 95th national percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test
  2. Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment
  3. Scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test

Please note:

  • Students only need to meet the criteria on one accepted subtest to be eligible for the program.
  • Students may qualify using scores from any time in the past two years, typically from fifth or sixth grade.

You can use our look-up tool to find accepted tests, subtests, and scores to see if your student qualifies. Many states do not release score data from spring assessments until late summer or early fall. If 2018–2019 sixth grade test results are not available, use 2017–2018 fifth grade scores.

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.

Duke TIP is aware that, due to the COVID-19, many states are waiving their required end of grade test requirements this year. We are currently examining how these changes will impact the typical qualification process for students who join our Talent Searches and will post an updated list of qualification criteria later this summer.

4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants

Former Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants are automatically qualified to enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search. However, you must complete an online enrollment for the 7th Grade Talent Search and indicate whether you will take 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.