Identifying Students

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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 four methods:

  • Scoring at or above the 95th national percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test
  • Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment
  • Scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test
  • Receiving an educator recommendation if they haven’t tested or you believe they would benefit based on other factors

Use our look-up tool to find qualifying scores for any of our dozens of accepted tests. Please check back in early August for updated information on assessments taken in spring 2019. Many states do not release score data from spring assessment until late summer or early fall.

Look-Up Tool

Important test notes

  • Students only need to qualify on one accepted subtest to be eligible for the program.
  • Students may qualify using scores from any time in the past two years. If 2017–2018 sixth-grade test results for your state haven’t been released by September 2018, we recommend using 2016–2017 fifth-grade scores.
  • Because state assessment schedules vary and results are often delayed, be sure to keep your contact information current at so we can keep you updated on qualifying scores in your state!


Identifying students early gives them a chance to maximize their benefits. Scores from the remaining 2019 test dates won’t come back in time for students to attend a recognition ceremony, but students who qualify for ceremonies will be sent a medal in the summer. Students may also qualify for educational programs.

Test Date
Online Enrollment Deadline
ACT 4/13/2019 2/27/2019
SAT 5/4/2019 3/27/2019
SAT 6/1/2019 4/30/2019
ACT 6/8/2019 4/30/2019

Educator Recommendations

Sometimes test scores aren’t the best way of measuring academic talent—either because of score reporting delays, problems interpreting scores, or simply because other factors lead you to believe a student would benefit from TIP.

In these instances, we invite educators to provide an educator recommendation for students you feel are good candidates. To determine who these candidates are, we suggest you use your school or district guidelines to identify gifted students, as well as any other available academic information.

Find forms and instructions on the Notifying Students page.

Notifying students

Once you’ve identified eligible students, you’re ready to notify them.