Duketip logoEach year the 7th Grade Talent Search helps educators and families determine how advanced their students’ abilities truly are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. As part of their talent search enrollment, Duke TIP will register eligible seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or SAT (no Essay) as an above-level test.

This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and it gives them the opportunity to preview a college entrance exam. Duke TIP also provides students with other valuable benefits and enrichment resources designed specifically for academically talented youth.

Please see the talent search brochure or visit www.tip.duke.edu/7gts for details. We will have an informative parent meeting on Friday, August 26th.

DukeTIP Parent Presentation (7th Grade)

·                     When: Friday, August 26th at 4:15 PM

·                     Where: Room# 131

·                     Contact Person/E-mail: Mr. Akyalcin: akyalcin@orlandoscience.org


To be eligible, students must:

·         Be in seventh grade (or skipping seventh grade this year)

·         Meet the test score requirement or use an educator recommendation

Test Score Requirements

Students must meet one of the following requirements:

1.       Have a score at or above the 95th percentile on any one accepted subtest or total battery/composite on an approved grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, or approved state criterion-referenced test. 

o    Students need qualify in only one of the accepted subtests or total battery/composite.

o    Scores from either of the two most recent test administrations are accepted. For most seventh grade students, this represents scores from either the fifth or sixth grade.

2.       Score a minimum of 125 on the full scale or composite score of an approved IQ test that is no more than two years old.

3.       Provide an educator recommendation
We understand that problems with state-mandated testing or testing eligibility criteria may cause some students to be excluded. We defer to the guidelines your school has developed to identify gifted students and welcome you, as a teacher or counselor, to provide an educator recommendation in order to include students you feel are qualified to participate.

o    To indicate an educator recommendation on the invitation to notify students, write in ‘educator recommendation’ as the test name in the Qualifying Test Score section.

o    If enrolling by paper enrollment form, the student will select ‘Other’ as the test name and then write in ‘educator recommendation’.

o    If enrolling online, the student will select ‘educator recommendation’ from the drop down list of qualifying test names. Students must be logged in to their online enrollment form to see the educator recommendation option.