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Academic talent searches can be an invaluable tool for families who homeschool because they help parents find out just how advanced their students' abilities truly are. By taking an above-level test through Duke TIP, homeschoolers can gain a far better understanding of where their students stand in relation to gifted peers and discover what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

We identify qualifying homeschooled seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved during their elementary or middle school years. While most homeschooled children complete standard testing, we also recognize that some do not, so we accept a parent nomination form (PDF) in these instances.

Eligible homeschooled students are invited to take the ACT or SAT as seventh graders, which allows greater insight into their academic abilities. Our enrichment opportunities, distance learning courses, and summer programs (including Summer Studies and Field Studies) are also especially valuable to homeschoolers because they provide homeschooling families with a convenient way to augment their regular instruction. You can also use our Independent Learning products as part of your efforts or attend one of our weekend courses.

In addition, homeschooling families who participate in Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search have found our guidance and advice on how best to nurture the talents of academically talented students especially helpful, and have welcomed the opportunity to connect their students with their gifted peers through participation in our face-to-face educational programs.

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.