Educator Toolkit

A teacher speaks with his students in a Duke TIP science classroom.

Basic information

Test center look-up

Use our test center look-up tool to find nearby ACT and SAT test centers.

Test date calendar

View the 7th Grade Talent Search deadline table in the Identifying Students section

School update form

Web form where you can update your contact information, sign up for email announcements, and request talent search materials.

The Educator Guide (PDF)

A print guide giving an overview of the program.

Materials for identifying students

Qualifying score look-up

Use our qualifying test look-up tool to find the scores that qualify students for the 7th Grade Talent Search.

Materials for notifying students

This year we have combined our old brochure and invitation form into a single talent search invitation. We have also moved to 100 percent online enrollment—there are no more paper applications to worry about.

Invitation (PDF)

Our new, combined brochure and invitation. A Spanish version (PDF) is also available. You can also download a Word version in English (.DOCX) or Spanish (.DOCX) that might be easier to print yourself.

Financial aid form (DOCX)

A form that allows students and families to request financial aid. A Spanish version (DOCX) is also available.

Group enrollment instructions (PDF)

Instructions on how to use Title 1 or other special program funding to pay for your students' enrollment fees.

Enrollment Form Instructions in Spanish (PDF)

Instructions to help Spanish-speakers enroll in the program.

Parent Night Flyer (PDF)

A flyer to help you organize a parent information night to tell families about TIP. A Word version (DOCX) is also available.

Enrolled students list

Email us to request a list of students from your school or district who have enrolled this year.

What is above-grade-level testing?

Just the Facts 

One page handouts on important issues for academically talented students.

Materials for celebrating students

Sample script (PDF)

A script to use for a recognition ceremony for your qualifying students. An updated version is posted each spring.

Certificate (PDF)

A certificate you can use to honor your qualifying students. An updated version is posted each spring.

Talent Search badge

A badge you can integrate into your celebratory materials.

Talent search badge

Participation report

Email us to request a school or district participation report with students' names, ACT and SAT scores, and program qualifying information.

Press Release Template (Word)

A press release template to help you notify local press about your students' achievements.

Partnership badge

A badge that you can include on your website, social media pages, and publications to show that you are a Duke TIP partner.

Talent search badge

Results Summary (PDF)

Report sent to families providing information on how their students' scores on the ACT and SAT compare to other TIP members.

Resources

Teachers Workshop

A blog and community space for teachers featuring advice on classroom challenges, tips, and lesson plans.

Gifted Today

TIP's blog with research and research-backed advice for parents and educators.

Webinars and information sessions

A list of upcoming and recorded webinars on TIP programs and benefits, hosted by TIP staff.

Become a testing center

If you’re interested in establishing your school as an ACT or SAT test center, follow the instructions from ACT or the College Board. Then, after you’ve received your test center code, email us at 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu so we can add you to our test center database.

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.