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What is DukeTIP?

Parents always ask us, "What can our children do to set themselves apart from their peers?"

We tell them, "Join DukeTIP!"

"DukeTIP helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments."

"The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve."

Although Vanguard has no affiliation with the DukeTIP program, we are a huge advocate of what they do and encourage any and all Vanguard students to apply. 

Who Qualifies

There are 3 ways to qualify. 

  • Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test
  • Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment
  • Scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test


To find out more about eligibility, please visit the official DukeTIP website using the link above. Once there, choose a grade level and click "Eligibility" on the right side-bar.

Here is what it takes to score within the 95th percentile.

To score in the top 95%, students will need at least a 1420 on the SAT and 31 on the ACT.

how to sign up

The first step is to create a DukeTIP account directly on their website.

Once you have created an account, you can click the option on the left side-bar to fill out the application, and enter the student’s info.

Part of the DukeTIP enrollment fee covers the cost of taking an ACT or SAT. You will sign up for a test date. You do NOT need to take the Essay/Writing Section of the tests for DukeTIP enrollment.  Make sure the student is prepared to score within the top 95% before signing up! 

Verify your information and submit the enrollment fee.

Once you’ve taken the test, DukeTIP will automatically receive your test score if you sign up for the test through their web application. If not, then you can manually submit your scores on their website.

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