Duke TIP Prep
We prepare academically gifted 7th or 8th grade students to participate in Duke University’s Talent Identification program and take the ACT or SAT. Our courses start in July and October.
1507 W Hebron Pkwy Carrollton,
TX 75010
3550 Parkwood Blvd, #500,
Frisco, TX 75034
High-quality education
no matter what the location

Delivery Methods

Virtual live group classes
Virtual live group classes
In-person group classes
In-person group classes
Virtual one-on-one classes
Virtual one-on-one classes
In-person one-on-one classes
In-person one-on-one classes
Virtual self-paced classes
Virtual self-paced classes

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.

Program Highlights

12 Week Instruction
12 Week Instruction
We spend just the right amount of time on just the right subjects to ensure you get your top score.
Methodical Approach
Methodical Approach
Learn in an interactive, engaging group setting that pushes every student to their potential.
Platinum Video Membership
Platinum Video Membership
Access to a comprehensive library of video recordings of every subject area organized by topic.
Introduce students to test taking content such as math, science, critical reading, grammar with an emphasis on vocabulary.
4 Practice Tests
4 Practice Tests
Practice makes perfect and we believe that practice tests will help you relax and focus so you can do your best.
Diagnostic Test
Diagnostic Test
To determine a student’s baseline level of knowledge about the subject
To ease stress, nerves and test anxiety and build test-taking skills and confidence
Encourages the discipline of practice with advanced testing activities

Our numbers speak for themselves

students increase their score
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scored 30 or higher
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scored 34 or higher
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median score
scored 1300 or higher
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scored 1500 or higher

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.

Time spent on instruction and learning

English - 21%

Reading - 22%

Math - 25%

Science - 22%


Reading - 28%

Writing and Language - 24%

Math - 38%

Why Brilliant Prep?

We closely monitor student test results and feedback to make our programs the best. We know what works and 99 % of our students see an increased score after completing a Brilliant Prep program.
Led by our instructors, our team works to ensure each student is provided the tools and guidance they need to succeed. Everything from group learning to practice tests and solo review are available for you.
Every lesson is jam packed with information that will help you perform at your best. We love what we do and want you to enjoy this process - it will be fun and won’t feel like additional homework.

Star Students

Trisha B
Killian Middle School
I joined Brilliant Prep when I was in seventh grade so that I could prepare for the ACT through the Duke TIP Talent Search Program. While I started off not knowing how to approach the exam or how to answer the majority of the questions on it, I ended the ACT prep classes as both a stronger student and a better test taker. Brilliant Prep gave me the encouragement, advice, and in-depth instruction that I needed to achieve my goal: Duke TIP National Recognition.

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

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 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.

01. Enrollment

Students must be enrolled to participate. Enrollments are accepted for the June and September programs.

02. Parent Pre-Consult

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.

03. Student Diagnostic Tests

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.

04. Instruction

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)

Session 1-6.

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.

Session 7.

Students take a full-length (3-hour) SAT /ACT practice test.

Session 8- 10.

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.

05. Practice Testing

Students meet 1 time per week for 3 hours/per meeting to take SAT practice
tests (3 weeks).

06. ACT and SAT Tests

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

SAT is offered

August, October, November, December, March, May and June.
For actual dates visit www.collegeboard.org

ACT is offered

September, October, December, February, April, June and July.
Visit www.act.org for actual dates.