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Duke TIP Prep
Did you know? Our average score improvement on ACT is +5 and on SAT is + 285.
Our interactive prep program will help polish your score until it shines.
Our numbers speak for themselves
Every Subject is Covered
Our curriculum is designed to take you to your best score on each of the areas of the test.
You will master test-taking skills so that you’re confident on test day.
English - 21%
Reading - 22%
Math - 25%
Science - 22%
Reading - 28%
Writing and Language - 24%
Math - 38%
Why Brilliant Prep?
Ready - Set - Prep
Got questions? Well, we have the answers!
Duke University’s 7th Grade Talent Search seeks high-achieving 7th graders (or 8th graders who skipped a grade) who outperform their peers in academic or aptitude exams. To be eligible for this program, students must first do one of the following:
- Score at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test or aptitude test
- Score at or above the 95th percentile on a state exam
- Score a 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test
If you want to know which tests qualify for eligibility into the Talent Search program, take a look at this link provided by Duke TIP.
Once one of the above criteria has been met, students are then required to take an ACT or SAT exam without the essay writing section.
Have no fear! The ACT or SAT that you take in 7th grade is just a diagnostic test, meaning that your score isn’t going to go on your transcript or on your college applications. Your test scores will simply show Duke University where you stand in comparison to both high schoolers and your seventh grade peers. Although it may be intimidating to take a college entrance exam while in a room full of high schoolers, don’t feel stressed about getting a perfect score. Just try your best! You have nothing to lose.
A few weeks after taking the ACT or SAT, you will receive a score report that will show you not only your scores in every subject area but also a comparison of your scores to those of high schoolers and other seventh graders who also took the test. Depending on how high your scores are, you may be eligible for Duke TIP’s state or national recognition ceremonies and summer programs.
You guessed it! Brilliant Prep is here to prepare 7th graders for the ACT or SAT so that they can achieve the best score possible.
Well, that’s really up to you! This nifty chart will tell you some of the basics of both exams. No matter which one you choose, Brilliant Prep will be here to help you achieve success.
|Test Format||English: 45 minutes, 75 questions
Math With a Calculator: 60 minutes, 60 questions
Reading: 35 minutes, 40 questions
Science: 35 minutes, 40 questions
*Background knowledge is not required for the science section.
|Reading: 65 minutes, 52 questions
Math Without a Calculator: 25 minutes, 20 questions
Math With a Calculator: 55 minutes, 38 questions
Writing and Language: 35 minutes, 44 questions
|Question Types||Multiple Choice||Reading and Writing and Language: Multiple choice
Math: Multiple choice and grid-ins
|Penalty for Wrong Answers?||None! So, remember to answer every question!||None! So, remember to answer every question!|
|Scoring||Section Scores: The English, Math, Reading, and Science scores range from 1-36.
Composite Score: Your composite ACT score is the average of your scores on each section and will range from a 1-36.
|Section Scores: The Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections are each scored on a scale of 200-800.
Composite Score: Your composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and will range from a 400-1600.
|Want More Information?||http://www.act.org||The College Board|
2020 Eligibility Criteria
|CEREMONY TYPE||ACT SCORE||SAT SCORE|
|State Ceremony||English ≥ 22||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 550|
|Math ≥ 22|
|Reading ≥ 23||Math ≥ 540|
|Science ≥ 22|
|Grand Recognition Ceremony||English ≥ 30||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 650|
|Math ≥ 28|
|Reading ≥ 31||Math ≥ 650|
|Science ≥ 28|
Brilliant Prep’s ACT and SAT Prep programs are catered for your wants and needs. This means that you have not one, but two choices for when to take Brilliant Prep classes:
- If you prefer to take the December ACT or SAT, you should take the July through December classes.
- If you prefer to take the March ACT or SAT, you should take the October through March classes.*
* Look at the timeline below to learn more about the benefits and disadvantages of taking the tests at certain times.
We advise that you first enroll in Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search program using this link. Remember, it’s better to enroll earlier than later! For information on the cost of enrollment and access to financial aid, check out this page.
As for taking the test itself, although you are free to choose whether to take the ACT/SAT in December or March, we recommend that you take the December exam for a few reasons:
- You will receive your test scores in time to apply for Duke TIP’s summer courses or camps. If you take a test after February, you may have to wait until the next year to register for a summer program depending on how long it takes for your scores to arrive.
- If you qualify for state or national recognition based on your scores, you will be invited to attend a spring awards ceremony. If you test in March or later and your scores don’t arrive early enough, you can still qualify for recognition but you will receive your award through the mail rather than at a ceremony.
We recommend that you check out the Duke TIP website for more information! By taking the ACT or SAT exam as a 7th grader, you may be eligible for many of Duke University’s online or at-school summer courses, scholarships, contests, Scholar Weekends, and so much more. If you have additional questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must be enrolled to participate. Enrollments are accepted for the June and September programs.
After enrollment, Instructor meets with parents and student before course begins to explain standard processes and expectations, to answer questions and to schedule Diagnostic Test.
Students take a full-length practice SAT or ACT minus the essay (3 hours). This diagnostic test results are their baseline scores and identify student-specific course content needs.
All students complete standard Brilliant Prep SAT/ ACT coursework and homework assignments with particular individual emphasis on areas identified in pre-testing, progress reports and periodic evaluation meetings.
SAT Prep (10 weeks)
Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning SAT/ACT course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor review.
Students take a full-length (3-hour) SAT /ACT practice test.
Instructor meets with students for 1.5 hrs. 1 x per week for learning SAT /ACT course content and testing strategies; students receive course homework and instructor review.
Students meet 1 time per week for 3 hours/per meeting to take SAT practice
tests (3 weeks).
Duke TIP program students are prepared for the December national SAT or the March national SAT
or for the December national ACT
or the February national ACT.
Provided for your information, actual dates are listed at www.collegeboards.com
August, October, November, December, March, May and June.
For actual dates visit www.collegeboard.org
September, October, December, February, April, June and July.
Visit www.act.org for actual dates.