Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools

Small Groups for TACHS Prep in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, & Online

More schools use the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) for scholarships and admissions in the NYC area than any other test; therefore, it is highly likely that your student would benefit from taking it.

I have prepared students for the TACHS and scored in the 99th percentile in the analogous version when I took it on Staten Island as an eighth grader. I earned a full four-year scholarship to every Catholic High School I applied including St Joseph by the Sea, Monsignor Farrell, and Moore Catholic High School. In our TACHS tutoring program, we take many practice tests to identify areas of focus and compare to previous exams. We base the weekly homework on questions solved incorrectly on their practice exams.

My style focuses on estimations, proportions, fractions, and simpler ways to do seemingly complicated math problems. Most students fret about the “no scratch work” section but I show them how easy some mental math can be. Visual tricks like interesting puzzles from my “Bag of Tricks” and paper cutouts help elucidate the tricky “Abilities” section.

What is Unique about the TACHS Sections? Abilities

Most books’ presentation of the most unique section on the TACHS is woefully inadequate. The abilities section tests students with complicated picture patterns including paper folding, classifications, and matrices. In order to meet the surprising challenge of this section. we created numerous problems that match the current TACHS difficulty and skills required to score exceptionally well in this section. We’ve incorporated these into all of our practice tests so that students will be prepared for anything they see on the actual exam. Our students consistently score in the 90th percentile and above on this section, but it is almost always their lowest score on the first practice test. This is all the more reason to start as soon as possible.

We also focus on reading comprehension and grammar, especially if the student will take a scholarship exam or HSPT. There is no vocabulary on the TACHS anymore. For more info on these tests, see Comparison of TACHS, HSPT, and SHSAT.

The TACHS has been online only for the first times in 2020 and 2021. We expect this to continue even after the pandemic. We offer online practice tests to help adapt.

Our TACHS prep tutoring program can maximize your student’s chance to get into their first choice or maybe even a scholarship. We offer small groups for TACHS prep and occasionally do one-one-one tutoring for TACHS. The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools is every year in the beginning of 8th grade, but best results come from starting early. For more information about the program, see masterofchemistry.com/high-school-admissions/

If they are preparing for the TACHS, they may also want to prepare for the SHSAT and/or HSPT (Regis)

Official Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools Schedule 2023

Just in case this picture isn’t updated for the current year, the dates for the TACHS are similar each year. They typically release the schedule in summer.

Practice TACHS Exam

Every student takes an initial practice test before the first lesson to evaluate strengths/weakness and compare to all future practice tests. Groups are currently forming. There are typically initial practice tests in November, December, January, February, March, April, and May.

Price is typically $20-50 per student for a 3-hour exam and complimentary with automatic payment for class. Space is limited. Contact me to reserve your spot or sign up here:

To start lessons before May, register for the First Test for High School Entrance offered at least once per month.

List of Scholarships Earned Through Tutoring

Results of High School Admissions Prep 2024

Results of High School Admissions Prep 2024

Below is a summary of the results of 128 students who John Zaborskis and associated tutors consistently helped prepare for the TACHS, HSPT, and/or similar high school admissions exam in individual and group lessons online. Elina, Jordan, Liam, Cassidy, Jasky, Jeffrey, Julian, Jon, Nicholas, Maream, William, Sommer, Meena, Manav, Chery, and others helped students entering high school in September...

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Results of High School Admissions Prep 2023

Results of High School Admissions Prep 2023

For our most recent results, see Results of High School Admissions Prep 2023 = $5.7 million in scholarships. 23 interviews to Regis High School. Our students have had over 82 interviews to Regis and $22 million in scholarships since 2015. Below is a summary of the results of 86 students who John Zaborskis and associated tutors consistently helped prepare for the TACHS, HSPT, and/or similar high...

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Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2022

Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2022

For our most recent results, see Results of High School Admissions Prep 2023 = $5.7 million in scholarships. 23 interviews to Regis High School. Our students have had over 82 interviews to Regis and $22 million in scholarships since 2015. Below is a summary of the results of 98 students who John Zaborskis and associated tutors consistently helped prepare for the TACHS, HSPT, and/or similar high...

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Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2021

Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2021

Below is a summary of the results of 80 students who John Zaborskis consistently tutored for the TACHS and/or HSPT in individual and group lessons online. Entering high school in September 2021, they earned over $2,507,000 in academic scholarships to high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Long Island. This is over $9 million in scholarships for 8th grade...

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HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2020

HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2020

Below is a summary of the results of 52 students who John Zaborskis consistently tutored for the TACHS and/or HSPT in individual and group lessons. Entering high school in September 2020, they earned over $1,733,000 in academic scholarships to high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is over $6 million in scholarships for eighth grade students from 2016-2020. Regis...

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Start Here for High School Admissions Lessons for Your 5th - 8th Grader

Below will prompt you to register for a free practice test and count the initial payment toward the first lesson. Next, we will determine the best group based on your student's goals, scores, and availability. Then. we'll have small group lessons once a week until the real exams with multiple (free) practice exams for each type of test. After each practice test, we will email a thorough breakdown of the results with specific recommendations to improve. In class, we'll focus on the types of questions solved least accurately compared to our previous students. We can also help you rank choices optimally on the TACHS or SHSAT as well as with the interviews for some schools. Students' grades and test scores tend to improve, and they have had over $17 Million in Scholarships 2015-2022.

After checkout, you will be emailed Goals and Availability (password future), which will ask for any other information necessary for us to give optimal lessons and make optimal groups. If you don't receive the email, you can fill it out here. It takes most parents less than 5 minutes.

After checkout, you will be emailed Goals and Availability (password future), which will ask for any other information necessary for us to give optimal lessons and make optimal groups. If you don't receive the email, you can fill it out here. It takes most parents less than 5 minutes.

After checkout, you will be emailed Goals and Availability (password future), which will ask for any other information necessary for us to give optimal lessons and make optimal groups. If you don't receive the email, you can fill it out here. It takes most parents less than 5 minutes.

After checkout, you will be emailed Goals and Availability (password future), which will ask for any other information necessary for us to give optimal lessons and make optimal groups. If you don't receive the email, you can fill it out here. It takes most parents less than 5 minutes.

After checkout, you will be emailed Goals and Availability (password future), which will ask for any other information necessary for us to give optimal lessons and make optimal groups. If you don't receive the email, you can fill it out here. It takes most parents less than 5 minutes.