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The TACHS exam is a challenging test that all 8th graders applying to the 9 Catholic high schools on Long Island must complete. TACHS is also the exam administered by the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York.
Historically, the CHSEE was the exam administered by the Diocese of Rockville Center to students seeking admission to a Catholic high school on Long Island. This year, in response to COVID-19, the CHSEE team has partnered with the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York to use the same online TACHS exam for all students.
For students planning to attend a Catholic high school in September 2021, they must take the TACHS exam offered on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Registration for the exam begins August 24th and ends October 23rd.
All 9 Long Island Catholic high schools accept the TACHS this year:
Chaminade High School (Mineola)
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School (Hicksville)
Kellenberg Memorial High School (Uniondale)
Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Syosset)
Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead)
St. Anthony's High School (Huntington)
St. Dominic College Preparatory HS (Oyster Bay)
St. John the Baptist Diocesan HS (West Islip)
St. Mary's College Preparatory HS (Manhasset)
At LITE, students work one-on-one with their tutors in our Plainview center. Our NYS-certified teachers cover all the material that is addressed on the TACHS exam, specifically vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, word usage, clarity and organization of writing, math, and reasoning and analysis. Students have weekly quizzes and homework assignments to complete.
LITE administers timed, proctored practice TACHS exams so that students can both apply what they have learned in session and adjust their timing, so they can complete the test in the time allotted. To maintain social distancing, the official TACHS exam will be given as an online, at-home remote test in fall 2020. LITE will advise our students on ways to review the online remote testing system, the device requirements needed to take the test online, and the use of Proctorio, the Artificial Intelligence system that will monitor and record the student’s test session.
Our TACHS Tutoring Program is a rigorous one, and we require dedication, hard work, and consistency from each of our students. It is this discipline that not only helps students excel on the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools, but also establishes confidence and time management skills that carry over into their schoolwork.
In mid-summer/early fall, the student takes a TACHS diagnostic test so that the tutor can assess his/her strengths and weaknesses and manage the curriculum accordingly. Following the diagnostic test, the student meets with the tutor once a week for 1 hour until he/she is ready to take practice tests. At that point, the students continues to cover the curriculum and reviews practice tests with his/her tutor. The program is designed to prepare our 8th graders for the November 7, 2020 exam.
Each of our students gains acceptance to a prestigious Long Island Catholic high school. In fact, many LITE students receive scholarship money and/or are placed in advanced classes in freshman year, based solely on their excellent entrance exam score. Additionally, the knowledge and the tools that our LITE students gain in our program help to prepare them for the challenging course material in both 8th grade and high school.
To register your child in the program, please download the TACHS Registration Form below. Complete the form and either email it or mail it to our Plainview center at your earliest convenience. You can pay online by clicking the link below, or you can mail a check to LITE. Please note that tutoring time slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your child is not guaranteed a spot in the program until your registration form and fee are received and processed.
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