Practice Exams

We are now having practice exams for the current 7th graders (and any 6th or 5th graders that would like to start early) for the TACHS, HSPT, SHSAT, and high school admissions exams. All students take a practice test before our first lesson. This initial assessment helps us group similar students with similar goals as well as to compare to all future practice tests. We will have additional practice tests every four to ten weeks until the real tests to evaluate progress and get them as accustomed to the format of the exam. Most students score very poorly on their first practice test as they need to master the material much better. Too many students just memorize material for school exams and then forget it. They need to incorporate it into their long-term memory so they can quickly recall it for an exam and build other more complex skills on top of this foundation. One of our goals is to instill this idea in preparation for these exams. These tests will evaluate how much of the information has been retained so that we can create an optimal plan. Comparison of the format and types of questions on the HSPT, SHSAT, and TACHS

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The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is for Staten Island Tech, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and other specialized high schools

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is for Regis and the scholarship exam for Xavier, Xaverian, and similar to the scholarship exam for other high schools

The Test for Admission to Catholic High School (TACHS) is the admission and scholarship exam for St. Joseph by the Sea, Monsignor Farrell, St. Peter’s, Moore, and many other Catholic high schools. It is also the admissions (not scholarship) exam for Xavier, Xaverian, Hill, and many other high schools.

Above, you can register for all high school admissions practice tests for the year. Our schedule for the year is as follows:

TACHS – June 6, 2020

SHSAT – June 13, 2020

HSPT – June 20, 2020

TACHS – July 11, 2020

TACHS – July 16, 2020 – make up of July 11, 2020

HSPT – July 18, 2020

SHSAT – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

HSPT – August 23, 2020

SHSAT – August 27, 2020

TACHS – August 29, 2020

HSPT – September 3 – make up of August 23 HSPT

ISEE – September 12

TACHS – September 13 – make up of August 29, 2020 TACHS

TACHS – October 17, 2020 – Last practice exam before the real Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools

SHSAT – October 18, 2020 – Last practice exam before the real Specialized High School Admissions Test

HSPT – October 24, 2020 – Last practice exam before the real Regis test and Xavier scholarship exam

HSPT – November 14, 2020 – Last practice exam before the real Xaverian, Fontbonne, Hill, and most scholarship exams


First Practice Assessment – December 2020 – May 2021 – First practice exams for new students. There will be multiple offerings of this test including the following dates:

Dec 5, 2020 ; January 9, 2021,  February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, 2021

If you would like to take an exam but cannot make the current date scheduled, please let us know and we may be able to schedule a new one.