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The Placement Test is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2022 (8:00 AM – 10:30 AM). This test is required for all incoming students and has two portions: English and Math. The English portion of the exam assesses grammar awareness, reading comprehension skills and effective written strategies through sound development and articulation. Based on exam performance, each freshman is provisionally scheduled for one of the following courses: English I or English I Honors. Course progression through four years of study can be found here. Descriptions for all departments can be found by visiting our Course of Studies page.

If you wish to read about Prep’s overall academic program, please consult our Course of Studies.

In summary, the schedule for the Placement Tests is as follows:

Math and English Placement TestsRequired for allMarch 12, 20228:00 – 11:00am
Placement into Algebra I,
Accelerated Algebra, or  Algebra II and Trigonometry Honors.  Placement into English 1 or English 1 Honors.

After these tests have been scored, you will be notified of the course placement. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Erin Stark, the Chair of the Math Department at StarkE@spprep.org,  or to Mr. Peter Geary, ’05, the Chair of the English Department at gearyp@spprep.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the location of the Placement tests

A: The test will take place at Saint Peter’s Prep. Students will report to the Prep gymnasium at 8:00 A.M. Students will need three hours to complete the exam. Specific details will be sent to all registered students and parents at the end of February.

Q: What are the expectations for an Honors Course?

A: A student within an honors course is expected to manage a greater workload. The assumption is that a student who selects, with the approval of the respective department, an advanced section is willing both to approach the topic at a more sophisticated level and to devote additional time to study at home and at school. Homework responsibilities, in addition to other facets of an honors-designated course, may take twice as much as a non-honors student. 

Q: What is covered in the required English Placement Test? 

A: Although referenced above, the English portion assesses a student’s skills in basic grammar, reading comprehension and writing. Students will:

  • answer multiple choice questions covering basic grammatical principles;
  • read a short story and a poem;
  • answer reading comprehension questions; and 
  • produce two written samples based on their readings of the short story and poem.

Q: What is covered in the required Math Placement Test?

A: Topics include but are not limited to computational arithmetic, including fractions and decimals, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, absolute value, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving one variable equations, rules of exponents, solving systems of equations, writing equations of lines, multiplying and factoring polynomials, and solving a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula. For a more detailed list, please see Placement Test Info and Practice Problems.

Q: Is there a way to see sample problems for the Placement Test?

A: Practice Problems and further test information can be found here.