1 What is the purpose of this examination?

The Catholic High Schools Entrance Examination program gives some objective data about 8th-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 9th-grade students.

2 Who should take this test?

This test is only for 8th-grade students seeking entrance into a Catholic high school in the 9th grade. Other transfer students should contact the school(s) of their choice for admissions procedures. 7th-grade students are not permitted to take the test.

3 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.

4 How does an 8th-grade student register to sit for the examination?

Only 8th-grade students may take the entrance exam. Online registration is the preferred method of registration (visit www.CHSEE.org for online registration). The student may also do a mail-in registration by completing the enclosed registration form and returning it with the non-refundable registration fee of $60 to CHSEE, Inc. There is an additional $15 late and walk-in fee.

5 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, Oct. 27, 2018 at one of two locations: Holy Trinity Diocesan High School and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. See pages 27 and 28 for instructions on how to apply for testing accommodations.

6 Is it possible to retake the test without accommodations on the make-up exam date?

No. Students may sit for the exam without accommodations only once.

7 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 each).

8 How may further information be secured?

Both written requests and telephone inquiries for further information should be directed to: 


P.O. Box 361

Mineola, NY 11501

(516) 739-5030