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CHICAGO, IL (December 17, 2013) Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement tests for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 11, at 8 a.m.  Most of the 37 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese administer the test; however, there are a few exceptions. It is important to check with the individual school to confirm when its test is being given. To find contact information for Catholic high schools, visit the High School Locator at

Catholic, public or private school students interested in attending Catholic high schools in Chicago, Cook County or Lake County in the fall of 2014, should report to the high school they wish to attend to take the test.  It is not necessary to register for the test in advance. Students are asked to bring two No. 2 pencils and cash or check made payable to the school for the $25 exam fee. Test results will be mailed to students on February 14, 2014.

Catholic high schools use a number of different standardized tests to provide a common measure of academic achievement. Some schools use different tests because they are designed to provide slightly different information for program and course placement decisions. Tests are selected that match the mission, educational philosophy and student body of a particular Catholic high school.

Each Catholic high school has its own procedures for using test results. Generally, high schools use test scores in conjunction with other information about a student’s academic record when making placement decisions. Other considerations could include: report cards, previous test results, classroom and homework assignments, and teacher recommendations.

In 2013, Catholic high school students who took the ACT test showed gains in nearly every testing area, and in the composite score.  The average composite score for Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese is 23.1, which is a 0.2 point improvement over students' performance last year, and 2.5 points above the State of Illinois’ average. All scores continue to be above the average for the State of Illinois and the Nation.

Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of Chicago have a 96 percent attendance rate and a 99 percent graduation rate, with 95 percent of graduates enrolling in a college or university. In 2013, graduating seniors were offered more than $200 million in college scholarships. The North Central Association, the largest regional evaluation and accreditation organization in the United States, accredits each Archdiocese of Chicago high school.

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