What are the TACHS, HSPT, and COOP Exams?
The TACHS, HSPT, and COOP exams are all different high school entrance exams. While there are some unique features to each exam, there is still overlap in the content covered and the types of questions featured on these exams.
The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools, also known as the TACHS, includes 200 multiple choice questions equally distributed between its four sections: reading comprehension, written expression, mathematics, and abilities. Like its peer exams, the first three sections of the TACHS test their respective topics at the eighth-grade level, and the abilities section is similar to a traditional IQ test and asks about pattern recognition.
The High School Placement Test, or the HSPT, tests eighth-grade students on the following five subjects: verbal skills, quantitative skills, reading comprehension, mathematics, and language. Some high schools will require you to complete additional sections, such as a science or religion section. The standard HSPT exam will have a total of about 300 multiple-choice questions that take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete.
The Cooperative Admissions Examination Program, or the COOP exam, is composed entirely of multiple choice questions that cover content in the following seven sections: sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning, mathematics, reading and language arts, verbal reasoning for words, and verbal reasoning for context. The COOP exam will have a total of about 170 multiple-choice questions that take about 2 hours to complete.
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