• Duke TIP 4th-6th grade Talent Search link

    Enrollment in the 2019–2020 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is now closed, as of April 30. Sign up here to receive an email when enrollment opens for the 2020–2021 Talent Search. Enrollment will be open by the last week of August.

    Some benefits — including the Writing and Illustration Contest, optional PSAT 8/9 testing, and TIP’s educational programs — only take place at certain times of the year. We recommend enrolling as early as possible so that you can take full advantage of them.

    Benefit Timeline
    Writing Contest December 1 to January 21
    Illustration Contest March 12 to April 13
    CRISIS Application opens in February

    Spring: Application opens in December
    Summer: Application opens in April


    Students in fourth, fifth, or sixth grade may qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search through one of three methods:

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

    Please note:

    • Students only need to meet the criteria on one approved subtest-area to be eligible for the program.
    • Students may qualify using scores from any time in the past two years—for example, a fifth-grader may use scores from either third or fourth grades.
    • If the most recent test results for your state haven’t been released by September 2019, remember you can use your student’s 2018 scores.

    You can use our lookup tool to find accepted tests, subtests, and scores to see if your student qualifies.

    If you believe your student qualifies but can't find the test you're looking for, please email us at qtest456@tip.duke.edu with the test, subtest, and score in question, and we'll let you know if the test is accepted.

    Duke TIP is aware that, due to the COVID-19, many states are waiving their required end of grade test requirements this year. We are currently examining how these changes will impact the typical qualification process for students who join our Talent Searches and will post an updated list of qualification criteria later this summer.


    Gifted students need to be challenged to stay interested in academics. They need motivation to keep stretching their abilities. And they need to be celebrated to take pride in their accomplishments. The 4th–6th Grade Talent Search benefits are designed to meet those needs. The benefits last through sixth grade and can be completed at home as students' time and level of interest allow.

    Enrichment activities

    Duke TIP Book Club

    In the Duke TIP Book Club, students read current, age-appropriate literature alongside other gifted and talented TIPsters. We provide activities and guided reading questions to help connect the book to other subjects, foster discussion and develop critical thinking skills. Students can also create their own projects and make friends with other TIPsters in a safe, moderated space.

    A new selection is unveiled every two months.

    Duke TIP Writing and Illustration Contest

    Each year, 4th–6th Grade Talent Search students are invited to submit a story or illustration for TIP’s annual Writing and Illustration Contest. Monetary prizes are awarded for each winning entry, and the students' enrolling schools receive matching prizes as well. Read more about the contest.


    This monthly, online magazine helps students explore new topics. Issues include feature articles, interviews with experts, advice on student questions, reviews of board games and video games, and the chance for students to publish their creative work and reviews.

    Academic 411

    An annual online publication issued at the beginning of each school year, Academic 411 provides students with advice on how to navigate school as an academically talented student. It covers topics like making friends, bullying, and important skills.

    Academic competition, program, and scholarship listings

    We provide resources to help connect participants to programs, competitions, scholarships, and awards that are of interest to high-achieving scholars.

    Online academic activities

    Students can challenge themselves with a series of activities exploring cryptology, story writing, and energy. Activity guides are found online but are completed at home.

    Rosetta Stone Foundations

    4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants are also eligible to purchase Rosetta Stone Foundations, a special version of the language learning software only available through educational outlets like Duke TIP.

    Above-grade-level testing

    For an additional fee, we offer optional above-grade-level testing that can reveal important information about students’ strengths and abilities. Learn more about our above-grade-level testing philosophy and benefits.


    We help students take pride in their accomplishments with multiple kinds of recognition.

    Certificate of achievement>

    Every 4th–6th Grade Talent Search student receives a personalized merit certificate. We also provide schools the tools to recognize their Duke TIP talent search participants at a local level.

    Educational programs

    Our educational programs for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are only open to students enrolled in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Each of our programs is designed to provide the academic experience gifted students need.

    Programs for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search members include Academic AdventureseInvestigators, and CRISIS. All charge additional fees, but financial aid is available.

    PSAT 8/9 recognition

    We also recognize students who accept the challenge of taking PSAT 8/9. Details can be found in the PSAT 8/9 section.