Getting Started

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Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search starts students down a path that helps them discover, celebrate, and develop their academic talents.

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The timeline

Enrollment is open from August 1 to April 30. However, enrolling and testing earlier allows students to maximize their benefits.

We recommend testing by the end of February. Doing so ensures students receive test scores in time to apply for TIP's summer 2020 educational programs. It also allows for maximum ceremony location options if students qualify for the recognition ceremonies we hold during the spring for students with exceptional ACT and SAT scores.

Students who test after February will still receive all of TIP's benefits and can use their scores to apply to educational programs in future summers. Those who test after March and qualify for ceremonies will receive their award in the mail in the summer.

Test
Test Date
Enrollment Deadline
ACT 10/26/2019 10/4/2019
SAT 11/2/2019 9/30/2019
SAT 12/7/2019 11/4/2019
ACT 12/14/2019 11/22/2019
ACT 2/8/2020 1/17/2020
SAT 3/14/2020 2/10/2020
ACT 4/4/2020 3/13/2020
SAT 5/2/2020 3/30/2020
SAT 6/6/2020 4/30/2020
ACT 6/13/2020 4/30/2020

Deadlines are midnight (ET).

When they enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search, students select a test date for either the ACT or SAT—an above-grade-level testing experience that is at the heart of the 7th Grade Talent Search. (Read more about our above-level testing philosophy.) They also immediately receive access to other benefits, including specialized publications.

Taking the ACT or SAT independently

Part of the talent search enrollment fee covers the ACT or SAT test registration, so we have an alternate enrollment process for students who have taken or will take the ACT or SAT on their own. It allows those students to use the ACT or SAT scores they already have to access TIP benefits without testing again. Please email 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu for more details about this process.

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.