What is the TACHS?The TACHS is the entrance exam for NYC’s Catholic Schools.
Where and When: Student can register at any New York Catholic School, Catholic Churches, or online at http://tachsinfo.com/
You can register up to two weeks before the test, online, by phone (1-866-61TACHS) or by mail at:
TACHS Examination Office
Attn: Carolyn Ellefson
3800 Golf Road, Suite 200
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Depending on your location, you will either take the test at:
The Archdiocese of New York, Friday November 6, 2015 or the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens, Saturday November 7, 2015. Tests at both locations begin at 9:00am, and advise students to show up 45 minutes early, with number 2 pencils and an ID. The test lasts three hours.
It is recommended students test within their diocese.
Registration Deadline: Two weeks before the exam.
What we know:
There are four multiple choice sections:
Reading - 35 minutes - Split between vocabulary and reading comprehension. The reading comprehension uses a variety of reading materials (poems, interviews, science papers) and asks questions about the passages.
Language - 30 minutes - This section tests spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and usage through a variety of comprehension questions.
Math - 40 minutes - The first math section is concepts and estimation, judging the student’s ability to grasp overarching mathematical relationships and properties, as well as their ability to round and make educated guesses. The second section tests problem-solving, where students are asked to interpret graphs and information, make predictions and evaluate data.
Ability - 32 minutes - A wild card. The following description is taken from the website: “This test will assess general abstract reasoning ability. The items present novel tasks to students and offer an excellent appraisal of their ability to generalize a principle and apply it to a new situation. Thus, the items appraise how well students use their general reasoning skills to solve problems they have not been directly taught.”