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Placement Exam

High School Placement Exam


Important Dates:

Thursday, November 29, 2018 is the "Pre-exam" Night from 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m. The Placement Exam is for students planning to attend BMCS High School the following fall.

The Pre-exam Night starts at 6:30 p.m. Parents &/or guardians should plan on attending with their child, there will be an informational meeting for parents &/or guardians while the students take a short sample test. The purpose of this evening is to finalize preregistration forms, learn about scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities as well as to have the students take a sample test to settle any pre-test jitters they may be experiencing.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 is the High School Placement Exam. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. test will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish around 11:30 a.m. Students need to bring two #2 pencils with them on test day. No calculators are allowed.

Contact Terry Granger, Principal at tgranger@bmcss.org or at 815-932-7413 or Emily Skelly, Director of Admissions at eskelly@bmcss.org or at 815-932-7413 to reserve a spot for your 8th grade student. There are NO fees to take the High School Placement Exam.

Placement Criteria: Placement of incoming students will be based on a combination of the following factors:

  1. Performance on the high school placement exam.
  2. Academic ability as demonstrated by the review of the 7th and 8th grade report cards.
  3. Performance on the 7th and 8th grade standardized tests. (For example: Iowa Test, Explore Test, I-SAT scores.)
  4. Teacher recommendations.


Class of 2023 you can access the practice test by clicking on the following link:

Placement Practice Exam