Catholic High School Entrance Exam
Please note that the Diocese of Rockville Centre Department of Education recently announced, in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, that their CHSEE team has partnered with the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York to use the same online Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) exam for all students. Registration details for the TACHS exam will be available on the CHSEE website, http://chsee.org/ beginning July 31st. The TACHS exam will be given on November 7, 2020.
The two exams are similar and Molloy College will be adjusting our curriculum to reflect the material covered in the TACHS exam.
Eighth graders planning to attend any of the 10 Catholic high schools on Long Island are required to take this rigorous, annual entrance exam in October. Students review the math, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills on the exam and learn test-taking strategies to help them work faster and more confidently to maximize their score. All materials are included. Classes are completed before the October CHSEE and are taught by experienced teachers. The classes are taught over five Saturdays at our Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre.
Students can choose from one of three sections: from 8:30 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. or from 10:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or from 12:40 - 2:35 p.m.
Course number: AP2400. Tuition: $445
Exam and Course Information
CHSEE Exam: There are two sections of the CHSEE. Section 1: Abilities consists of questions normally found on a group IQ test. This part of the exam is not released to the public and is used in various ways, depending upon the Catholic high school to which your child is applying. Some high schools use this section to group students after they have been admitted. Some high schools may use this section as part of their admissions process. Some may not use this section in the admissions process. Our course provides limited practice in some of the types of questions that may be found in Section 1.
Our prep course focuses primarily on preparing students for Section 2: Achievement, which consists of five parts: Reading Comprehension, Word Study, Grammar, Mathematics, and Writing. This is the longest and most important section of the exam; it is used in the admissions process by all of the Catholic high schools.
Course Materials: Your child will receive a spiral-bound manual containing all of the course materials including paper for notes, and more than one hundred pages of review materials. Your child should bring the following to each session: 1) the spiral-bound course manual, 2) one pen, and 3) two #2 pencils. Notebooks are not necessary.
Homework: Your child will be assigned CHSEE homework in English and mathematics for each of the five sessions. The CHSEE English and math teachers will go over the homework in class with the exception of the last homework, completion of the 2010 CHSEE, which students should do at home after session #4 under a parent's guidance. An answer key will be provided for the 2010 CHSEE.
Calculators: Your child will not be permitted to use a calculator on the CHSEE. Consequently, your child should not bring one to class.
Registering for the CHSEE Exam: You must register your child for the October CHSEE exam. You can register him or her for the exam by visiting the Catholic High School Administrators' website: www.chsee.org Please note that the deadline for online registration for the exam is usually during the first week of October. The CHSEE is NOT administered at Molloy College nor do we register your child for the exam. Note: If your child requires special testing accommodations, please make sure to fill out the additional required forms on the Catholic High School Administrators' website.
Food/Drinks: Molloy College does not permit eating or drinking in classrooms with the exception of water. Please do not pack these items for your child.
Breaks: There are no breaks in the 1 hour and 55 minute sessions. Your child may use the restroom as needed.
Absences: There are no makeup sessions but your child should make up the missed class work and homework. The homework and class work assignments for each session are on the reverse side of the course outline in the front of your child's spiral bound manual.
Early Release: A written note from a parent is required for a child to be released early from class.
Schedule and Registration Information
Students should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and parking permit. However, you can register up until the Friday before the class start date. Please note that some of our classes do close out and, so you may be taking a chance of not getting into the schedule of your choice by waiting.
Students can choose from one of three sections at the Rockville Centre campus (Saturdays).
Course number: AP2400
Click here for the schedule of classes and to register online
Phone‑in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa (we are still working remotely, so please leave a message and we will call you back).
I know that you might be concerned about returning to the classroom and we are taking all the necessary health and safety restrictions recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health. Some of these measures include:
- We will follow guidelines for physical distancing, which will restrict the number of students and faculty in each learning space. Our CHSEE/TACHS classes are already small, so we will be able to reconfigure our classroom space to maintain a recommended 6-foot space between seats.
- For the protection of all members of our community, a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth must be worn at all Molloy locations in every enclosed space by individuals who are able to tolerate such covering.
- Every Molloy College location will have temperature kiosks located on the first floor. Every individual will be required to take their temperature upon entry into the building when they arrive. Students who have a fever will be asked to leave for the day. Information retrieved from the kiosks will be delivered to Student Health Services and kept confidential.
- All members of the Molloy community (employees, students, vendors, and scheduled visitors), are expected to self-monitor their health every day. Each individual must complete the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire every day prior to coming to a Molloy location.
This is just a partial list of the precautions being taken, and a complete list will be available once we hear from NYS sometime in August on the status of our re-opening plan.
Mailing List/Request a Catalog
The schedule of classes comes out in our catalog which is mailed twice a year (January and July) to students who have made an inquiry or registered within the last 6 months. However, the most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We will also email you reminders of the upcoming schedule if you have provided us with an email address. Request a catalog or join our mailing list.