Test Admission Catholic High School

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

I have prepared students for the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (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 Farrel, and Moore Catholic High School. In our 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.

Unique 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. 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 any more. For more info on these tests, see Comparison of TACHS, HSPT, and SHSAT.

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

We 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 Admissions 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 TACHS Schedule 2022

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 signup 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

Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2022

Tutoring HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2022

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 school admissions exam in individual and group lessons online. Elina, Rhyz, Jordan, Liam, Cassidy, Jasky, Adham, and others helped students entering high school in September 2022 earn over $3,800,000 in academic scholarships to 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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HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2019

HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2019

Below is a summary of the results of 35 students who John Zaborskis consistently tutored and who took the TACHS and/or HSPT. They will enter high school in September 2019. Most prep was in group lessons but some was individual. They earned over $1,318,594 in academic scholarships to high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. Regis High School, Manhattan - Regis High...

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HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2018

HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2018

Below is a summary of the results of 26 students who we tutored and took the TACHS and/or HSPT. They will enter high school in September 2018. Most prep was in group lessons but some was individual or even over skype. They earned over $1,403,725 in academic scholarships to high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. Regis High School, Manhattan - Regis High School...

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