Test Scores

Once your scores are available, ACT or SAT will mail an official score report to you six to eight weeks after the test date. It will be mailed to the mailing address you indicated in your talent search enrollment. This report will show you how your scores compare to recent eleventh- and twelfth-grade US high school students. If you have not yet received your ACT or SAT scores and would like to know if they are available, you must contact ACT or SAT directly, not Duke TIP. If you are 13, you may view your scores online at the ACT and SAT websites by creating an account on these websites. An account is required to view your scores. There is no option to view your scores on the Duke TIP website.

To protect your confidentiality, neither Duke TIP nor ACT will provide scores by telephone, email, or fax. However, you can call SAT at (866) 756-7346 to receive your scores over the phone at no extra cost if you are under the age of thirteen.

For certain test dates, you can also request copies of your questions and answers from ACT or from SAT’s Question and Answer Service.

A boy speaks with his classmates in a Duke TIP classroom.

TIP score results summary

As explained in the above-level testing section, the purpose of taking the ACT or SAT is to better understand your strengths so you can seek out the opportunities and challenges you need. That’s why talent search participants also receive a second score results summary report, which provides more detail and allows you to understand how you performed relative to other seventh graders in the talent search. It is mailed to you in May and a link to an updated report is posted here each April.

This report also provides suggestions and advice for further educational development based on performance. Those scores may qualify you for a recognition ceremony or one of our educational programs like Summer Studies or eStudies. By using the insight gained from the above-level test, you can take advantage of these opportunities, as well as the other talent search benefits, ensuring that you receive the right amount of academic challenge.

Permanent records

One other thing to keep in mind is that ACT scores are kept on file permanently while SAT scores from seventh and eighth grade are not. However, you can ask the College Board to keep your SAT scores on file permanently by submitting a request to them before July 30 of your seventh grade year.

Neither testing agency will share your scores with colleges unless you ask them to. Duke TIP will keep your scores on record indefinitely and we will never share the scores with others.


Most students do not take the ACT or SAT again until they are taking the test as part of their college application process towards the end of high school. However, some students retest earlier than that so that they can try out both the ACT and SAT, and some retest to try to increase their scores in order to qualify for one of TIP’s educational programs. To retest, students must register directly with the testing agency. You can do so here:

Students must be at least thirteen years old to use the online registration for the ACT or SAT. Families whose students are not yet thirteen should call ACT at (319) 337-1270 to request an individual register-by-mail packet be mailed to their homes or use the online request form. For SAT, registration packets may possibly be obtained from a local high school, or families can call SAT at (866) 756-7346 to register by phone.

If you retest, once you receive your student’s scores, please fax, mail, or email Duke TIP a copy to the information below so we can update our records:

Test on Your Own
Duke University TIP
300 Fuller Street
Durham, NC 27701

Fax: (919) 681-4182 | Upload: apply.tip.duke.edu/upload and select "Summer Studies Test Score" in dropdown menu

To have your scores reported directly to Duke TIP from the testing agency, please enter our score reporting code of 5173 in your ACT or SAT registration at the time of registration.

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.