Duke TIP
Duke TIP

Duke TIP 4th - 6th Grade

Interested in knowing more about Duke TIP for your 4th, 5th, or 6th grader? Watch this webinar for details on enrollment and benefits.

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the academic and social needs of gifted students. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders with qualifying scores are invited to participate in the Duke Talent Search based on qualifying test scores. Students who participate have a variety of opportunities that allow them to realize their potential through a variety of programs. The different programs focus on both the academic and social needs of children, giving them the chance to explore their interests and talents. Duke TIP also believes in celebrating both the efforts and the accomplishments of its participants. For more information, visit https://tip.duke.edu/.

Opportunities include:

  • Advice for parents and educators on how to nurture academic talent, including The Digest of Gifted Research (DGR) and our online Educational Opportunity Guide. 
  • Online activities like advanced writing, math, science, and social studies lessons plus a book club that gives students a chance to connect with peers who share their love of reading.
  • Customized publications, including a newsletter just for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants. 
  • A writing contest that awards monetary prizes plus other opportunities for publication.
  • Recognition for academic achievement such as certificates of achievement, guidance for schools recognizing TIP participants, and special ceremonies.

Want a breakdown of these opportunities?  Click here for details.

Important Dates for Duke TIP Talent Search:
October 1 – Enrollment opens
November 1 - Webinar for families & educators: PSAT 8/9 Benefits and Overview
December 1 – Writing Contest opens
December 1
 – Paper application postmark for January 20  PSAT 8/9 test
December 11 – Online registration deadline for January 20  PSAT 8/9 test
December 29 – Paper application postmark for February 10 & 11  PSAT 8/9 test
January 8 – Online registration deadline for February 10 & 11  PSAT 8/9 test
January 8 - PSAT 8/9 testing
January 28 – Writing Contest deadline
February 10 or 11 - PSAT 8/9 testing
March 31 - Final enrollment deadline for the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search
Please refer to the Duke TIP website for updates and additional dates.


Duke TIP for 7th Grade

Seventh graders with strong intellectual abilities are eligible to participate in Duke TIP due to earning a score in the 95th percentile or above on a recent grade-level test.   Duke TIP will help students determine how advanced their academic abilities are.  These students have the opportunity to take a college entrance exam and receive appropriate challenges based on their academic strengths.  For more information, visit Duke TIP 7th Grade Search or watch this webinar.

Want a breakdown of the opportunities?  Click here for details.

Important Dates for Duke TIP Talent Search:

September 5 - November SAT paper application postmark deadline
September 13 - online registration for October ACT
September 27 - November SAT online application deadline
October 10 - December SAT & ACT paper application postmark deadline
October 25 - December SAT & ACT online application deadline
November 4 - SAT 
December 2 - SAT 
December 9 - ACT
December 13 - February ACT paper application postmark deadline
January 8 - online registration for February ACT
January 30 - March SAT online application deadline
February 10 - ACT 
February 13 - April ACT online application deadline
February 27 - online registration for April ACT
March 10 - SAT
April 14 - ACT 


March - Eligible students may apply to Summer Studies