Duke TIP

Duke Talent Identification Program

Seventh grade students qualify by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized test from the previous two years.


SAT Test Structure

Each section is scored on a scale of 200-800

Math (Calculator Allowed)

70 Minutes (two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section)

Two types of questions: Multiple Choice and Student-Produced Responses

This section covers numbers and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, statistics, probability and data analysis.

Student-Produced Responses (Ten Questions):

· No answer choices provided

· You must solve the problem and fill in your answer on a special grid

· See grid sample on attachment

70 Minutes (two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section

Two types of questions: Sentence Completion and Passage-based

This section covers reading comprehension, sentence completion and paragraph-length critical reading.


60 Minutes

Two types of questions: Multiple Choice (35 minutes) and Student Written-Essay (25 minutes)

This section covers grammar, usage and word choice.


25 minutes

This section is unscored and can be either critical reading, math, or multiple choice writing section. This section DOES NOT count toward your final score, but is used to try out new questions for future SAT tests.

ACT Test Structure:

The maximum score on each section is 36

Math (Calculator Allowed)

60 minutes

This section includes 60 questions covering pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.


45 Minutes

This section includes 75 questions covering punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure, strategy, organization and style.


35 Minutes

This section includes 40 questions and measures reading comprehension by examining ability with conclusions, comparisons, generalizations, reasoning, and referring.


35 Minutes

This section includes 40 questions and examines knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/space science. The emphasis is on reasoning skills rather than acquired knowledge.

Helpful Hints:

  • Duke TIP does not recommend that students take part in excessive test preparation. It is sufficient to be familiar with the structure of the test and guessing strategies and to complete practice tests.
  • Both ACT and SAT ask students to arrive at their assigned center by 8:00 a.m. Be sure to check your admission ticket for specific information.
  • Students must have the Admission Ticket and Talent Search Identification Form in order to be admitted to the test center. Students should also bring two sharpened number 2 pencils, an eraser, and an approved calculator.
  • Scores for all Talent Search students are reported to Duke TIP by the testing organization. Once the scores are received for all testing dates, Duke TIP will generate and mail a report to each school and district that lists the participating students and their scores.

The above information was obtained from the following websites:

ACT : Gives an overview of the ACT and provides sample questions for each test section.

College Board : Gives an overview of the SAT and provides sample questions for each test section.

Duke TIP : Provides a wealth of information about the Duke TIP program and information on the SAT and ACT.