TACHS/ HSPT

8th graders take the TACHS/HSPT Exams

Test for Catholic School Entry is in November of Grade 8.

The TACHS Exam is a hard math, reading, and ability test.

The TACHS test is given about two weeks after the SHSAT, and that’s not an accident.

Competition is fierce, since not only Catholic Students Apply to these Catholic High Schools.

The majority of students who take the TACHS/HSPT
have also rigorously studied for the SHSAT and/or ISEE.

The (clever!) Diocese will force you into leaving a (whopping!)
$500 seat deposit and (outrageous) $400 non-refundable “technology” fee.

You must pay these deposits to secure your seat into Catholic School.

  You will get your TACHS test results before you will get your SHSAT results.

 Parents, be prepared to (fork over) anywhere from $500 to $900 to secure your
(outrageously overpriced) seat deposit into Catholic HS.

 Your biggest competition into Catholic HS will not be your fellow Catholic middle school classmates.

Your competition will be the 30,000 (yup, thirty-thousand)
or so public school students sitting for the SHSAT.

SHSAT students generally ace the TACHS test after months of doing much harder SHSAT preparation.

99th percentile on TACHS/HSPT= $0 tuition to most schools.

Kweller Suggests: It is a wise choice to take the SHSAT test then the TACHS test 2 weeks later.

TACHS EXAM: Important Dates and Deadlines

August 22, 2017- Registration available via Internet at www.tachsinfo.com and telephone at 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247).

August 29, 2017 – TACHS Registration materials available at Catholic elementary and high schools, religious education offices, parishes, and public libraries.

October 7, 2017 -Deadline for submitting request and supporting documentation to diocese for extended testing time accommodation. (Do not submit the request to the TACHS Exam Office. It will be returned to you.)

October 17, 2017- Deadline for Internet and telephone registration.

October 24 and 25, 2017 – Admit Card Distribution – Admit Cards for registrants enrolled in a Catholic elementary school are mailed directly to the schools for distribution. Admit Cards for all other students are mailed to the address provided on the registration form.

October 31, 2017 – Call 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247) if Admit Card is not yet received.

November 3, 2017 – (FRI) TACHS ADMINISTRATION for Archdiocese of New York

November 4, 2017 – (SAT) TACHS ADMINISTRATION for Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens

December 15, 2017 – Paper TACHS Applicant Records due to students’ three high school choices. (See Student Handbook for more information.)

January 11, 2018 – Release of admission notices by high schools.

February 2018 – Response Cards back to high schools – high school notification letters will include information relative to the date on which students should return his/her acceptance letter to the high school they choose to attend.

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.

9. Where do I find a registration form, student handbook, applicant record, and/or return envelope?

 

A: All registration materials may be obtained from a Catholic elementary or high school, religious education office, parish/church or various public elementary schools; or visit www.tachsinfo.com to download an electronic version of the Student Handbook.

10. What address should I put on my student’s registration form if we are in the middle of or planning on moving?

 

A: Please list the address you will be living at two weeks prior to the exam date to ensure you receive your Admit Card. After that time, address changes can be made on the day of testing to assure that score reports are mailed to the correct location.

11. What is students want to test outside their own diocese?

A: It is recommended students test within their own diocese. Students will need to mark their appropriate borough/county diocese (where they attend elementary school at the time of the exam) on the Registration Form.

12. How will I know if the registration has been accepted?

 

A: INTERNET: A 7-digit confirmation number, also known as the TACHS Number, will be provided once payment has been confirmed. It is recommended that you print the confirmation screen displayed at the end of the online registration process. If an email address is provided, a confirmation email will also be sent.

TELEPHONE: A 7-digit confirmation number, also known as the TACHS Number, will be provided by the operator once payment has been confirmed. If an email address is provided, a confirmation email will also be sent.

PAPER: You can call 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247) approximately 1 week after mailing your paper Registration Form to obtain confirmation. Catholic elementary students will receive their Admit Cards in their schools; other students will have Admit Cards sent to their home address.

13. What school number should I use while registering?

 

A: School code numbers are listed in the Student Handbook. If your school is not listed in the handbook, please list the school code as 999.

14. I accidentally sent my student’s paper registration form without a cashier’s check or money order

A: Please call 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247).

15. I accidentally sent my student’s paper registration back to the TACHS program with a money order/cashier’s check, but it was made payable to the school/diocese.

16. How do I return the paper registration form if I didn’t receive an envelope?

 

A: Please mail the registration form with a money order or cashier’s check to:

Riverside Publishing
TACHS Examination Office
Attn: Carolyn Ellefson
3800 Golf Road, Suite 200
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Don’t forget that you can register online or by telephone! No postage needed!

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,

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Jonathan Cambras

Director of Admissions

ACCEPTANCE LETTER

Dear

Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you a seat in the 9th-grade class entering St. Francis Prep in September – the graduating class of 2020. Your selection from over 2,500 applicants is evidence of your excellent record of achievement during your elementary and middle school years.

The mission of our school is to communicate Christ and enable all students to develop and broaden their spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical abilities. We achieve this mission by following our patron, St. Francis of Assisi. In keeping with Franciscan tradition, we recognize and affirm the dignity of each person; as a member of our school community, you will play an integral role in the attainment of our shared mission.

Your acceptance into St. Francis Prep will remain conditional until you successfully complete 8th grade with a minimum of 75% in each subject and have graduated from elementary or middle school in June 2016. You must also meet all financial obligations at your present school.

We hope that you will choose to be part of next year’s new class. Once again, we commend you on your fine academic performance and welcome you to the St. Francis Prep family.

Allow us to welcome you, press this link.

Sincerely,

Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F.

President

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Important News enclosed from Archbishop Molloy High School!

January 12, 2017

My Dear Parents and Men of the Freshman Class of 2021,

I am pleased to inform you that Chaminade has accepted your son for the Freshman Class of 2021. I welcome you and him to become part of the Chaminade Family — faculty, students, parents, and alumni of Chaminade. Your son has chosen a school with a rich tradition, a challenging program, and a dynamic student body. We are confident that your son’s capability, coupled with a sincere personal desire, will enable him to achieve all the goals of the Chaminade program. This acceptance as a candidate for the freshman class is, of course, contingent on your son’s successful completion of the eighth grade, i.e., having a good character rating and receiving a passing grade in all eighth grade subjects at the conclusion of the regular school year in June.

At this juncture, before continuing with the procedure for your son’s admission, it is important to emphasize a certain factor that is absolutely essential to your son’s success at Chaminade, a factor that was alluded to above but is often taken for granted. I refer to your son’s own personal desire to come to Chaminade and to enter freely into the Chaminade program. There is no substitute for his own enthusiasm. While he is a minor and legally subject to parental decision, it is counterproductive to force him into a program which he explicitly rejects. If communication, counsel, and filial piety over the years have not brought him to an acceptance of the Chaminade process as the desired matrix for his secondary education, then coercion at this stage will only generate hostility and resistance, rendering his time at Chaminade painful for all concerned.

1. OPEN HOUSE FOR ACCEPTED CANDIDATES: Chaminade will sponsor an Open House program for accepted candidates and their parents at the indicated time and date. This will allow the candidates the opportunity to receive a guided tour of the major school facilities and talk to faculty members and students prior to registering.

Name range from: A to K inclusive – Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
L to Z inclusive – Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The program will begin with a presentation in Darby Auditorium followed by a guided tour of the school and refreshments in the cafeteria.

Please enter the school via the Darby Auditorium entrance on Saville Road. Attendance at the Open House is not required for admission.

2. REGISTRATION: You are asked to attend Registration with your son at Chaminade on either of the following days in Chaminade’s Activity-Athletic Center:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Failure to register on either of these two days indicates that your son has decided not to attend Chaminade High School and forfeits his place in the class.

Registration will take place in Chaminade’s Activity-Athletic Center, 311 Jericho Turnpike. A nonrefundable registration fee of $250 is payable at the time of registration. The total cost of a Chaminade education next year will be $12,685.00. Of this, the Chaminade Development Fund will contribute $1,725.00. The parent portion will be $10,960.00. There are no other fees in the course of the year.

Prior to registration, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to complete the on-line student information sheet for your son.

3. PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION: At the very beginning of your son’s career at Chaminade, it is important to understand and accept the underlying philosophy of Chaminade High School. We are a Catholic academic institution conducted by the Society of Mary. The motive of our foundation is primarily the religious and personal education of young men, to form them into mature Catholics, good citizens, and successful fathers. One cannot underestimate the religious and spiritual motive for the existence of Chaminade High School. We do not intend solely to educate the disembodied intellect, but rather, the whole man. The Gospel and perennial wisdom of the Catholic Church is at the core of our curriculum and at the heart of our pedagogy. Before requesting your son to be introduced to our program, we want you to be aware of the motivations that have created Chaminade in the past and the goals that animate its existence today. Your son’s candidacy presupposes your desire to see him grow in the knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. This growth in faith is an essential part of the Chaminade experience.

Because Chaminade is a Catholic school dedicated to the educational needs of the Catholic community on Long Island, admission is given preferentially to baptized Catholics. The large number of Catholic applicants, more than the number of seats available, restricts enrollment, practically speaking, to baptized and actual members of the Catholic faith. Therefore, you must bring a copy of your son’s Catholic Baptismal Certificate with you at the time of registration.

4. TESTING: Your son is asked to report to Chaminade on the Saturday indicated below to sit for futher standardized tests. These tests are not used for academic placement, but simply to give us a more complete picture of his academic potential.

5. Registration for Class of 2021 – March 4, 2017: Registration packet will be mailed in mid-February to all accepted students who have sent in their deposit. On registration day, registration cards are collected, i.d. photos are taken, freshman camp forms are distributed and the foreign language placement test is administered. The non-refundable Technology Fee of $500 is due on Registration Day.

Report on: Saturday, March 4, 2017- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

More information on this testing program will be forthcoming at Registration.

We offer you and your son our congratulations. His ability and hard work have made it possible for him to attend Chaminade. May these same characteristics continue to dominate during the rest of his academic career!

Sincerely,

Bro. Thomas J. Cleary, S.M. `81

President

Dear       ,

Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you a seat in the 9th-grade class entering St. Francis Prep in September – the graduating class of 2021. Your selection from over 2,500 applicants is evidence of your excellent record of achievement during your elementary and middle school years.

The mission of our school is to communicate Christ and enable all students to develop and broaden their spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical abilities. We achieve this mission by following our patron, St. Francis of Assisi. In keeping with Franciscan tradition, we recognize and affirm the dignity of each person; as a member of our school community, you will play an integral role in the attainment of our shared mission.

Your acceptance into St. Francis Prep will remain conditional until you successfully complete 8th grade with a minimum of 75% in each subject and have graduated from elementary or middle school in June 2017. You must also meet all financial obligations at your present school. All accepted applicants will be receiving their registration forms via mail as a confirmation of their admission to St. Francis Preparatory School.

We hope that you will choose to be part of next year’s new class. Once again, we commend you on your fine academic performance and welcome you to the St. Francis Prep family.

Allow us to welcome you, press this link.

Sincerely,

Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F.

President

Mr. Patrick McLaughlin

Principal

Ms. Lisa Schaefer-Heuer

Director of Admissions

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