8th Grade Placement Test
Pre-registration is required.
- Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 9:00am*
- Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at 9:00am*
- Virtual Option - We are providing a virtual option for students to come into North Catholic during regular school hours for a self-guided virtual exam.
If interested, please contact Megan O'Hara to schedule this option for your child.
- Please arrive by 8:45am for your scheduled test date
- Students will be socially distanced during the exam
- Masks are required
- Bring two #2 pencils. We will not have pencils to share this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- You may bring a water bottle and small snack to enjoy between test breaks.
- No calculators are permitted
- Testing will conclude at 12:15pm
- Test results will be released to parents/guardians two weeks after the test has been administered
The following are some frequently asked questions regarding the North Catholic Placement Test. Our math department chair, Mr. Kevin Henry, has provided valuable insight regarding when to take the exam, as well as its purpose for high school admissions.
- Should my child take the placement exam as late as possible so that they cover more content during their 8th grade year?
The placement test consists of general reading, language, and math questions that are not course specific. So there is no advantage to taking the placement test later in the school year. In fact, we recommend taking the placement test as early as possible for academic scholarship opportunities. Students that take the placement test in November will not be at an academic disadvantage.
- Is this an admissions test?
No. We do not use this test to determine which students we admit to North Catholic. This placement test is used for the course selection process and for the scholarship process.
- Can my child take the placement test more than once?
The freshmen course selection process is a discussion between each family and the chairs of the English and math departments. The placement test is just one part of that conversation. So there is no advantage to taking the placement test multiple times.
- How should my child study for the placement test?
The placement test questions are not course specific. The test is designed as more of an aptitude test, than a traditional test in school that covers specific content. So there is no need to study or otherwise prepare for this test. We just ask that all students try their best!