What is the purpose of the examination?
The Catholic High School Entrance Examination program gives some objective data about eighth-grade students who are applying to Catholic high school. The Catholic high schools use the examination results to make decisions about applicants. Many schools also use the information for grouping and tracking of ninth-grade students.
Who should take this test?
This test is only for 8th grade students seeking entrance into a Catholic High School in the ninth grade. Other transfer students should contact the school(s) of their choice for admissions procedures. Seventh grade students are not permitted to take the test.
What does the examination measure?
The examination measures both ability and achievement. Achievement is measured in the areas of reading, mathematics and language. The tests have been developed by classroom teachers. Each year’s test questions are kept by each student. Consequently, the test questions are new each year.
What are the times for the test?
The test begins at 8:30 AM and ends 12:30-12:45 PM. Students should be at the test center by 8:15 AM.
How does the eighth grade student register to sit for the examination?
Only eighth-grade students may take the entrance exam. On-line registration is the preferred method of registration. Click here to register.
Is there a refund for the exam?
There are no refunds for the exam.
Is there a make-up for the exam?
If you are unable to sit for the exam on Saturday, October 29, 2016 for the exam, there is a make-up exam scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016. Please note that this exam is only offered at two locations: Chaminade High School (Mineola) and St. Anthony’s High School (South Huntington).
Please present your original admissions ticket to take the exam at either location. If possible, please contact us by clicking here.
Can I register after the deadline?
The deadline for registration without accommodations is October 5, 2016. You may only register on-line after this date for an additional $15 late fee. The deadline for accommodations registrations is Friday, September 30, 2016.
Can I take the test as a walk-in?
You can take the test as a Walk-in at any of the ten Catholic High Schools on the day of the exam. You should report to the test center by 8:00 a.m. Note that the make-up exams is only offered at two locations on the following Saturday. There is an additional $15 walk-in fee.
Is the test offered with testing accommodations?
Students who pre-qualify for testing accommodations (extended time and/or enlarged print) by submitting appropriate documents and application may take the exam on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at one of three locations: Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, and McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School. Click here for specific information and registration for the test with accommodations.
Is it possible to take a retake of the test without accommodations on the make-up exam date? No. Students may sit for the exam without accommodations only once.
May a student take the exam without accommodations and also with accommodations?
Yes. Students should be aware of the admissions requirements for high schools of their choice. All students are eligible to take the exam without accommodations. Only students who pre-qualify for the specified testing accommodations of extended time and /or enlarged print may take the exam with accommodations. Students who register to take the exam without accommodations and also with accommodations must register twice for the exam and pay both fees ($ 60.00 each).
Where do I place my high school choices?
Students should refer to the website for the school codes and write them on the admissions ticket. These codes will be recorded directly onto the exam.
Can I apply to more than three schools?
No. Scores will be sent to up to three schools.
What if I have changes on my address and other information?
Contact us by clicking here.
After the exam:
Can I retake the exam?
No. A student can only sit once for the exam. The only exception is for those who are taking the exam with and without accommodations (see above).
Can I change my high school choices after the exam?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to change one of your choices. Changes cannot be made after the exam is processed. After this time you will need to contact particular schools individually.
When do I get the results of the exam?
The results of the exams are forwarded to the Catholic High Schools for their use in the admissions process. Each high school will forward to you the admissions results on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Can I get the scores of the exam?
No. The results of the exams are only forwarded to the Catholic High Schools for their use in the admissions process.
What if I made a mistake on the exam or I have questions about the exam?
Please click here to contact us if you have questions. There are no re-takes on the exam.
How may further information be secured?
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