*Please note that plans for our placement test are still being finalized for the 2020-2021 year. Due to COVID-19, plans for the administration of the test are subject to change in terms of testing platform, date of test and type of administration. Please stay tuned to your weekly Admissions newsletters for updates. To be added to our newsletter, simply complete an inquiry form here.*
Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) has decided to move away from the High School Placement Test (HSPT) this year. The HSPT, which is a rather long (3.5 hour, with math supplement) standardized test, is not the best instrument for our placement needs. The new assessment will be a two-hour test, tentatively planned to be administered on site at CCHS.
The CCHS Placement Test will cover Math and English. In the Math section, students will be assessed on material from pre-algebra through second semester algebra. In the English section, students will be assessed on passage-based reading comprehension tasks (fiction & nonfiction), as well as Language Arts (grammar, syntax, sentence correction, etc.).
Our test will be prepared with 7-8 grade common-core standards in mind in hopes to target basic skills – we do not necessarily suggest special preparation as you might with a standardized test. Both sections will be scantron.
There will be an optional English Challenge Test supplement for students who wish to be considered for 9th grade English Honors. This supplement will be a writing component, and will add an additional 45 minutes to the test.
In addition to changing our assessment instrument, we will be moving the testing date from January to February 20, 2021.
Our placement assessment will be used for placement purposes only. For admission consideration, we will continue to reference previous courses and grades from 7th & 8th grade, as well as teacher and principal recommendations. Consideration for scholarships will not be based on this assessment.
We will automatically register each 9th grade applicant for the CCHS Placement Test. If your student is not able to test that day, we will contact you to inform you about a make up test opportunity.
Applicants who apply to CCHS and take the test at CCHS are given priority consideration for admission, scholarship and tuition assistance.
Please note: If applicants require additional testing time, learning documentation must be submitted along with the admission application no later than January 8, 2021. Learning documentation must be either an IEP or private, formal psycho-educational evaluation indicating an intellectual testing component, as well as an academic component and diagnosis and report, issued by a licensed psycho-educational specialist. Please note that 504 plans do not qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My student is sick/unable to test today. What do I do?
We do not currently have a makeup test scheduled for the CCHS Placement Test. Families are encouraged to reach out to the Admissions Office for updates regarding possible make up exam dates.
2. Are calculators allowed for the math portion?
No, calculators are not permitted for any of the math portions.
3. What time will my student be done?
Please stay tuned for updates regarding specific test date & timing.
4. What happens when they’re done? Where do I meet my student?
Please stay tuned for updates regarding specific details on test administration.
5. What is the next step in the admissions process?
Students who have completed an application will be able to schedule a family meeting through the Ravenna portal.
Student & Family meetings will be held by appointment, dates TBA.
Meetings are for prospective students and parents, and last approximately 10-15 minutes. These meetings are an opportunity for a faculty member or administrator to get to know each student and family. Meetings are only able to be scheduled for those students who have submitted a complete application through the Ravenna portal.
If you need to reschedule your appointment time, you may do so, through the Ravenna portal, up to 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.
6. What about transcripts and recommendations?
You will be able to request transcripts and recommendations from your current school through the Ravenna portal, beginning December 14, 2020.
7. When will we find out if our student is accepted?
Decision letters will be sent out no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021.