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Annual Catholic High School Placement Test Date Set for Saturday, January 8, at 8 a.m.

– Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement tests for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 8, at 8 a.m. Most of the 40 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese administer the test; however, there are a few exceptions. It is important to check with the individual school to confirm when its test is being given. To find contact information for Catholic high schools, visit the High School Locator at

Catholic, public or private school students interested in attending Catholic high schools in Chicago, Cook County or Lake County this coming fall should report to the high school they wish to attend to take the test. It is not necessary to register for the test in advance. Students are asked to bring two No. 2 pencils and cash or check made payable to the school for the $25 exam fee. Test results will be mailed to students on February 15, 2011.

Catholic high schools use a number of different standardized tests to provide a common measure of academic achievement. Some schools use different tests because they are designed to provide slightly different information for program and course placement decisions. Tests are selected that match the mission, educational philosophy and student body of a particular Catholic high school.

Each Catholic high school has its own procedures for using test results. Generally, high schools use test scores in conjunction with other information about a student’s academic record when making placement decisions. Other considerations could include: report cards, classroom and homework assignments, and teacher recommendations.

The North Central Association, the largest regional evaluation and accreditation organization in the United States, accredits each Archdiocese of Chicago high school and requires professional development for teachers. Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese have a 96 percent attendance rate and a 99 percent graduation rate, with 96 percent of graduates enrolling in a college or university. In 2009, graduating seniors were offered more than $150 million in college scholarships.

The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, with over 87,000 students and more than 6,000 teachers and staff, play a critical role in the life of the community by instilling values, teaching discipline and achieving strong, consistent academic results for students of many races, faiths and backgrounds in the 216 elementary and 40 secondary schools in Cook and Lake counties. Parents or guardians seeking information about Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraged to visit and click on Catholic Schools.

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