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TACHS – Test for Admission to Catholic High School

This twenty-week program begins the end of June for the November exam. It is a 2-hour class that meets weekly. The TACHS exam is 2 ½ hours long. The exam is divided into four main areas:

1) Vocabulary/Reading Comprehension – Students are given 250 commonly tested vocabulary words. There are weekly quizzes, a midterm, and a final to ensure mastery of the words. Reading Comprehension skills focus on main idea or theme, details, vocabulary in context, drawing conclusions, inference, and author’s opinion using a wide variety of passages and poetry.

2) Mathematics –There are two separately timed parts covering a range of topics including fractions, decimals, percents, integers, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and measurement.

  • Understanding Concepts
  • Problem Solving
  • Data Interpretation – charts, tables, and graphs
  • Estimation –This is a separately timed test allowing no scrap paper to estimate answers to math problems by rounding off.

3) Language – is divided into four sections. Class instruction will include all rules for capitalization, punctuation and grammar. The four sections include:

  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Word Usage and Expression

4) Ability – This three-section subtest is designed to measure abstract reasoning skills. Each subtest is separately timed.

  • Similarities – recognizing common characteristics among figures
  • Changes – identifying a key change to a figure and then recognizing a similar change to another figure
  • Spatial Reasoning – recognizing how a folded paper with holes will appear when unfolded.