NYC Private Schools focusing on the Roman Catholic teachings require specific admissions tests, including the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools, also known as TACHS.
The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools, or TACHS, tests students abilities in many different areas, including the standard Reading, Mathematics, Language, but also including an entire section on logical ability and reasoning.
The first two sections of the test, Reading and Language, were discussed in a previous post and are available here for revisiting.
The next sections of the TACHS NYC Private School test deal with Languages and Mathematics:
Language section of the TACHS test
This section is broken down into four short tests measuring spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and usage and expression. The spelling test presents the student with four word choices per item, only one of which is correctly spelled. The capitalization and punctuation tests measure proper use of capitals and punctuation, ability to discern incorrect use of capitals and punctuation, and capitalization and punctuation measured in context. The usage and expression test is in an edit-and-revise format that requires students to consider possible revisions to written drafts.
MATHEMATICS section of the TACHS test
This section is further broken down into two sub-sections: concepts and estimation and problem-solving/data interpretation. The mathematics concepts tests require minimal computation, but will test the students’ understanding of mathematical relationships and processes, such as number properties and operations, measurement, probability, and statistics. Estimation is a separately timed test and measures a variety of estimation skills, such as rounding.
There is one more section of the TACHS test NYC private schools focusing on the Catholic religion, and we will discuss it tomorrow.