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How to Prepare for the TACHS Exam (Catholic High School Entrance Exam)

Updated on January 23, 2012

The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS exam) is used as one admission tool for Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of New York or the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens. Middle school students seeking to enter any of these schools should develop a study plan to excel on this challenging Catholic high school entrance exam.

The four main sections on the TACHS exam are reading, language, math, and ability. Other than ability, there are many things you can do to prepare for these exams.

The ability section measures general problem-solving skills for tasks that are not specifically taught in school. These require some level of natural problem-solving skills. However, test publisher Riverside Publishing does have some practice test questions in the TACHS exam handbook for this Catholic high school admission test. Use those questions to get an idea of the types of questions you may encounter on the ability portion. Of course, there are TACHS practice questions for reading, language, and math, as well.

As for reading and language, the phrase "practice makes perfect" is applicable here. Although perfection is not reality, practicing your reading will undoubtedly improve the areas tested on the TACHS reading section. These include vocabulary (understanding the meaning of words in context) and reading comprehension. The ACT test, which is obviously more difficult than this entrance exam, also has a reading comprehension section. Students seeking to get lots of practice in reading can use an ACT study guide to get tips and help improve their reading abilities.

The language test covers spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage, and expression. All of these tasks are commonly taught in English class in middle school. A thorough review of all English textbooks in middle school is a good review and study method for this section of the TACHS test. Parents and teachers can also construct flash cards for spelling that include common errors (like mixing up "their" and "there").

Math comes mainly right from the textbooks used in middle school. It includes graphs, tables, and story problems. This is a straight achievement test, so students should just review what is in the textbooks first. They could also supplement their textbook studies with an ACT study guide. However, more advanced subjects like trigonometry, pre-cal, and calculus are not on the TACHS exam.

Resources:

Riverside Publishing: TACHS Information Website (See Handbook in Navigation Window)

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