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Duke TIP SAT Score Requirements

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 15, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

 

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Perhaps you’ve read our article about Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), maybe you’ve heard about it from other students, or maybe you did your own research. You've heard vague hints of "score requirements," but don't know exactly what that means - do you have to take the SAT in order to take part in TIP? How well do you have to do on the SAT in order to become a TIPster? (I refuse to believe that students who participate in TIP do not go by this name.)

There are SAT (or ACT) score requirements for the Duke TIP: specifically, there are score requirements for Summer Studies programs and eStudies courses. I'm going to cover this complicated topic in exhaustive detail, explaining what the programs are, what the SAT score requirements are, and giving you some tips on how to meet these requirements.

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The Lay of the Land: Types of TIP Programs and Eligibility

Of all the the programs with SAT/ACT score requirements, the eStudies program has the lowest score requirements, followed by the Academy for Summer Studies, which falls in the middle, and the Center for Summer Studies, which is the most stringent when it comes to score requirements. These are not the same as the test requirements for the 7th Grade Talent Search, which you can find more about here.

How do you figure out if you are eligible for Summer Studies programs or eStudies courses? TIP determines your eligibility based on your SAT or ACT scores. If you participate(d) in the 7th Grade Talent Search, you will take (or took) the SAT or ACT as part of that program (read more about this in my upcoming guide). It is the score from this testing that will qualify you for Summer Studies and/or eStudies courses. Don't worry - you can always retest if your scores aren’t high enough to get you into the program(s) you want.

If you’ve already taken the SAT or ACT as a 7th grader, you can still enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search - you just have to do it using the paper application and include an official SAT/ACT score report. If you didn’t participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search, you can still participate in Summer Studies and eStudies courses using 8th-10th Grade Option, but I'll cover that in another article.

For now, I’ll ONLY be talking about the SAT score requirements for 7th and 8th -10th graders who did participate (or will be participating) in the 7th Grade Talent Search and are interested in attending Duke TIP Summer Studies and/or eStudies courses.

 

A Word of Warning

Currently, Duke TIP does not require participants to take the essay portion of the SAT (that is, the essay). But given the recent changes to the ACT and SAT essays, it’s possible that Duke TIP may update its SAT score requirements. Don’t fret – as more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update this article to reflect current knowledge.

 

Duke TIP Scores: The Particulars

So Duke has their SAT requirements for Summer Studies courses in a table here and for eStudies courses over here. . To be honest, I found the tables kind of confusing, especially when it came to figuring out Center for Summer Studies eligibility.

To make it easier for any one in the future trying to figure out the score requirements, I’ve separated out the requirements for what you need to get into the Academy for Summer Studies, the Center for Summer Studies, and eStudies courses and ordered them from lowest to highest score requirements. Hopefully, since all the scores will be in one blog post, rather than spread out over a website, it will be less tricky to read and understand.

As you will see below, there’s a difference in the requirements you have to meet if you take the SAT during 7th grade, as part of the 7th Grade Talent Search, or if you take it again later on (between 8th and 10th grades).

 

SAT Requirements: eStudies

What are Duke TIP eStudies courses? According to the Duke TIP website, the eStudies program offers online courses in a variety of different subjects, open to “seventh through eleventh graders who have achieved certain qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT.”

Out of all the Duke TIP courses, the eStudies courses have the lowest score requirements. If you took the test in 7th grade and scored 450 or above on any section or (re)took it in 8th -10th grade and got a 490 or above on any section, you are eligible to take eStudies courses. Which courses you can take depends on your score in specific SAT sections.

So what e-studies courses are you eligible for? Use this handy table to find out!

 

New SAT

If you took the SAT in…

And scored…

You are eligible for e-studies courses in…

7th grade

≥ 500 on Math

Science and Math

≥ 500 on EBRW

Humanities and Social Sciences

8th, 9th, or 10th grade

≥ 540 in Math

Science and Math

≥ 540 on EBRW

Humanities and Social Sciences

 

 

Old SAT Scores

If you took the SAT in…

And scored…

You are eligible for e-studies courses in…

7th grade

≥ 450 on Math

Science and Math

≥ 500 on Critical Reading OR

Humanities and Social Sciences

≥ 500 on Writing

8th, 9th, or 10th grade

≥ 490 in Math

Science and Math

≥ 490 on Critical Reading OR

Humanities and Social Sciences

≥ 490 on Writing

  

What If I Just Barely Don’t Make It?

On their site, Duke TIP states that students who narrowly missed qualifying, are too old, or who missed the enrollment period for Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search can still join Duke TIP through 8th-10th Grade Option. Unfortunately, they don't define "narrowly," so it's hard to say when you should consider 8th-10th Grade Option.

What is clear is that you can always retest on your own if you don’t meet the score qualifications for eStudies courses, or if you need a higher score to attend the Academy or Center for Summer Studies. We'll have more information about the application process in our article about the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search.

 

SAT Score Requirement: Academy for Summer Studies

The Academy for Summer Studies at Duke TIP offers eligible students in grades 7-10 summer classes with "interactive, inquiry-based learning that challenges them to think critically about themselves and their world."

How do you know if your SAT scores qualify you for the Academy for Summer Studies? There are two tables below, one for the current (March 2016 and later) SAT and one for the old (pre-March 2016) SAT.

 

Current SAT

If you took the SAT in...

7th Grade

8th –10th Grade

And EITHER on the EBRW section scored between...

540-600

580-640

OR on the Math section section scored between…

530-590

570-630

 

…then you are eligible for the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies. 

 

Old SAT

If you took the SAT in…

7th Grade

8th –10th Grade

And on ANY SINGLE section scored between…

500-560

540-600


…then you are eligible for the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies.

 

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SAT Score Requirement: Center for Summer Studies

The Center for Summer Studies is another summer program offered by Duke TIP; the difference between the Center and the Academy is in the intensity of the courses and the stringency and specificity of the score requirements.

If you took the SAT in 7th grade and scored 570 or above on any section, or (re)took it in 8th -10th grade and got a 610 or above on any section, you are eligible for the Center for Summer Studies. But even if you did not score at or above those score thresholds on any single section, you may still be eligible for the Center for Summer Studies.

Again, we’ve compiled the information from the TIP website into a simpler, easier-to-understand form, dividing up information for 7th graders and 8th-10th graders into four separate tables (two for the current SAT and two for the old SAT).

 

If you take the current SAT in 7th grade, you can take courses in...

Math, Science, Technology if you scored…

Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences if you scored…

Math ≥ 600

EBRW ≥ 610

 

If you took the old SAT in 7th grade, you can take courses in...

Math, Science, Technology if you scored…

Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences if you scored…

Math ≥ 570

Critical Reading ≥ 570

OR

OR

Math ≥ 520 AND Writing ≥ 570

Writing ≥ 570

 

OR

 
 

For Both Courses

 
 

Math ≥ 520 AND Critical Reading ≥ 520

 

 

If you take the current SAT in 8th –10th grade, you can take courses in...

Math, Science, Technology if you scored…

Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences if you scored…

Math ≥ 640

EBRW ≥ 650

 

If you took the old SAT in 8th –10th gradeyou can take courses in...

Math, Science, Technology if you scored…

Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences if you scored…

Math ≥ 610

Critical Reading ≥ 610

OR

OR

Math ≥ 520 AND Writing ≥ 610

Writing ≥ 610

 

OR

 
 

For Both Courses

 
 

Math ≥ 560 AND Critical Reading ≥ 520

 
 

OR

 
 

Math ≥ 520 AND Critical Reading ≥ 560

 
 

OR

 
 

Math ≥ 560 AND Writing ≥ 570

 

 

 

Duke TIP Score Requirements: A Few Final Notes

For Summer Studies courses, you may only apply to the level for which you are qualified. This not only means that you can't apply to the Center for Summer Studies if your score only qualifies you for Academy courses (which makes sense), but that you can't apply to the Academy for Summer Studies if your score is higher than their score requirements - instead, you may only apply to the Center for Summer Studies.

On their Test Prep page, Duke TIP has the following to say about their score requirements:

“We do not recommend that you spend a lot of time preparing for the test. The point of taking an above-level test is diagnostic, and many test preparation programs merely lead to unnecessary anxiety. Since this test is only meant to provide information, we suggest the best way to prepare is to be familiar with the structure of the test and the timing of each section, and to review the practice questions we provide.” [Source: Test Prep | Duke TIP. Accessed 2016-12-09.]

And look, when you’re taking the SAT as a 7th or 8th grader, you don't need to worry about getting an SAT score that will get you into college. In fact, we have a series of articles about what a good SAT score for a 7th grader and an 8th grader might be, based on extrapolations from data from Duke TIP and John Hopkins CTY. We also have information about what a good score for a 9th and 10th grader might be, but as you can see from the tables, for the purposes of eligibility Duke TIP does not distinguish between 8th, 9th, and 10th grade SAT scores.

 

How Do I Meet The Requirements? 4...TIPS (you knew that was coming)

  1. Spend time prepping. Yes, I know I just quoted the Duke TIP site, which advises the opposite, but let's be realistic: you'll need at least SOME test prep.
    • This in no way means that you should invest in any kind of SAT prep course - just that, at the BARE minimum, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the SAT's structure and timing.
    • You should take a practice test to gauge where you are, then use this information to determine the amount you have to improve to meet the qualifications for your desired program.
    • Know how much time you have to study so you can plan your prep accordingly. If you only have a few weeks before the SAT, you'll want to study more hours per week than if you have several months left.
    • For more advice, read our articles about taking the SAT in 7th and 8th grade.

  2. Take the SAT as early as you can and still feel prepared. If you take the SAT earlier on, you have a lower score threshold to meet (compare the 7th grade vs 8th -10th grade requirements for eStudies, Academy, and Center courses). In general, older students know more than younger students (stop rolling your eyes, younger siblings), but if you've spent time prepping, it's worth it to take it sooner rather than later.

  3. If you have a standout test section, focus on it. Duke TIP is unlike most colleges and universities in that you can get in to its various programs even if you only do well on one section of the SAT.
    • If you find that you're getting in the 300s on the SAT Writing and Math sections, but in the 400s on Critical Reading, own it.
    • In the above example, unless you have a particular Math course you really want to take, you're better off putting in the time to make sure you can consistently get above the score threshold for Critical Reading than you are trying to bring up all three of your section scores.

  4. Know the SAT strategies that are appropriate for your level. Advice for getting an 800 on a section will not necessarily be relevant if you only need to get above a 570.
    • One example of this is that if you’re aiming for a 600, you can skip the hardest 20% of questions entirely and just focus on answering as many of the easier questions correctly as possible.
    • We have more targeted strategies like this in our article on aiming for a 600 on the SAT.

 

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Hello, SAT Score Requirements, nice to finally meet you.

 

I hope this article helped clarify the mystery of what the SAT score requirements for Duke TIP are. Be sure to take a spin through the ACT edition of this article if you're thinking about taking the ACT instead.

 

What’s Next?

Curious about what the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search is? I demystify the mystery in this complete guide.

Find more strategies about how to get a 600 on the SAT Math, Reading, and Writing tests.

How far in advance should you start prepping for the SAT? Plan out your study schedule here.

 

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Laura Staffaroni
About the Author

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and Psychology, and earned a Master's degree in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She scored 99 percentile scores on the SAT and GRE and loves advising students on how to excel in high school.



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