What is the Talent Search?
Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.
Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. Above-level testing at least two years above a student's current grade placement offers gifted students and their families a far better understanding of how the student compares to his or her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. In addition, experts at Duke TIP have developed and compiled information to inspire academically talented young people to learn through exciting educational opportunities.
Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability. Duke TIP provides participants with an exciting, stimulating and challenging opportunity to augment their capabilities. Enrollment begins August 1 of each year.