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Academic talent searches can be an invaluable tool for families who homeschool. Taking the ACT or SAT through Duke TIP lets homeschoolers 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 typically identify students by standardized test scores achieved during their elementary or middle school years. While most homeschooled children complete standardized testing, we recognize that some do not. We accept a parent nomination form (PDF) in those cases.


The student benefits of the 7th Grade Talent Search are especially useful for homeschoolers. In addition to above-grade-level testing, our publications, resources, and educational programs 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.

In addition, homeschooling families 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.