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2014 TACHS Exam Test Dates

Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9

 

 

The TACHS Exam Q&A

 

1. What is the TACHS Exam?

A: The TACHS (Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools) is the exam required for your child to take in order to be qualified to attend a Catholic High School. The HSPT is another, much longer test. The TACHS and COOPE exams are similar in length and in what areas are tested.

Doing well on the TACHS exam not only helps you to get into a Catholic High School, but also helps you obtain numerous high school scholarships, usually from funds set aside by alumni.  

 

2. How do I register my child for the TACHS Exam?

A:  Registering for the TACHS Exam is simple.  Visit www.tachsinfo.com and register.  Also if the need arises to ask any questions, dial 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247). 

The registration fee for the TACHS Exam is $52 per student. The registration is the easy part; the TACHS exam is the hard! 

 

3. What should I expect from the TACHS Exam?

A:  The TACHS Exam has four sections which include Critical Reading, Math, Language Arts and Ability. 

Math: The mathematics section of the TACHS specifically contains sections with general questioning, deductive reasoning, estimates, and word problems. 

It is your child’s best interest to memorize common mathematic formulas (perimeter of a rectangle, area of a triangle etc.) which gives the student an advantage amongst other students.  Subjects include integers, probability, sequences, analogies, fractions and more.

Reading:  The reading section of the TACHS Exam requires that your child demonstrate his or her ability to understand what he or she reads  

The reading section consists of two parts.  The first part targets vocabulary skills.  In this section, students are given highlighted vocabulary words and then they are asked to define the word based on the context within which the word is used.  This part mostly asks about noun, verb and modifier usage.  The second part of the reading section targets reading comprehension and critical reading skills.  You will see this section on most standardized tests. Here, your child is given a passage to read and is then given questions that refer to what was just read.  

The passages are not designed to be tricky in any way.  The student must read carefully and focus on identifying the answers to the questions being asked of them (main idea, author’s attitude, tone and so on and so forth).

English Language Arts: In the “language” section of the TACHS exam, your child is tested on basic skills such as spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and usage.  They will be asked to choose the most logical organization of a paragraph and the clearest sentence in a group. 

 

Ability: In the ability section of the exam, your child is tested for their overall reasoning ability.  Your child must develop general principles for information presented and then apply these general principles to specific situations.  

 

4. How long is the TACHS Exam?

A: The TACHS Exam generally contains about 200 multiple choice questions and is approximately from 9:00AM to 12:00PM.  However, your child should be at the test site early and ready to go. 

 

5. Where can my child take the TACHS Exam?

A: There are a number of sites where your child can take the TACHS Exam.  Contact a site prior to the test in order to inform the officials that your child will be there taking their exam there.  It is important to do so in order to confirm a seat for your child.

 

6: What items should your child bring on the day of the exam?

A: On the day of the exam, your child should bring two Number 2 sharpened pencils with erasers, their Admit Card, and Identification. 

 

7.  What items are not allowed at the test site?

A:  Any electric or battery operated devices, such as calculators, watches, or cell phones are not allowed in the test site.  Food, scrap paper, and beverages are also not allowed. 

 

8.  Can my child be awarded a scholarship because of his/her score on the TACHS Exam?

A: Your child’s results on the TACHS Exam may make them eligible for scholarship money based on his or her overall score or depending on how well he or she did in a specific section.

 

Sample Email from Xavier

Subject: THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL XAVIER SCHOLARSHIP EXAM TICKET! YOU MUST BRING THIS TICKET WITH YOU WHEN YOU SIT FOR THE EXAM ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD!

Good Afternoon!

The admissions office here at Xavier High School hopes your academic year is going well and that you are finding your way through the high school application process. This email serves two purposes: first, to give you some last minute information regarding the exam, and second, this email is your TICKET to sit for the exam. YOU MUST BRING THIS WITH YOU ON THE EXAM DATE.

 

Below are a few more specific details about the style and format of the exam:

Part I of the exam asks students to write an expository essay. (25 minutes)

 

Part II of the exam is a Style & Usage/English Language and Grammar section and consists only of multiple choice questions. (25 minutes)

 

Part III of the exam is a Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) section, which consists of a combination of multiple choice questions and short “essay” word problems where we expect students to show their work. (25 minutes)

 

Part IV of the exam is a Reading Comprehension section, which consists of two fiction and/or nonfiction passages followed by short answer essay questions. (35 minutes)

 

Part V of the exam asks students to respond to one of three essay topics with a personal narrative essay. (25 minutes)

 

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the admissions office at any point at (212) 924-7900 ext. 1442. Again, the Admissions team here at Xavier wishes you the very best of luck on the Scholarship Exam and hopes that you continue to have a successful academic year!

 

Warmest Regards,

TACHS Exam Prep | ISEE Exam Prep | TACHS Tutor | ISEE Tutor | Queens | Forest Hills | Manhattan (NYC)
Jonathan Cambras

Director of Admissions

 

 

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