How do I prepare my younger children?

Younger children should read good books, learn a basic logic curriculum, begin volunteer work/community service, look at future colleges, and prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT (to take for practice) in eighth grade. They should also have had Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and some basic trig. before entering eleventh grade. 


What is the Duke Talent Identification Program?

The Duke TIP is for seventh graders in participating states who take the SAT or ACT. Go to for more information. Register at or call the Duke TIP office at (919) 668-9100, Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m., EST. Benefits could include: testing experience, college guides, merit certificate, Duke Gifted Letter and much more. This is open to students from public, private and homeschool backgrounds.

Students who are unable to participate in the annual 7th grade talent search can register for the “TIP Option” program. Students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Seventh graders who want to be involved with Duke TIP but do not qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search;

Seventh graders who qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search but missed the deadline or test dates;

Students in grades 7, 8, or 9 living outside the Duke TIP 16-state Talent Search Region;

Students in grades 8 and 9 who want to take the SAT or ACT and report their scores to Duke TIP.