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Placement Exam

Saturday, December 4, 2021 is the High School Placement Exam. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. test will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish around 11:00 a.m. Students need to bring two #2 pencils with them on test day. No calculators are allowed. Current BMCS students will be taking the exam on Thursday, December 2, 2021 during the school day.

All current and prospective parents and students should attend the Parent Pre-Exam meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Practice Exams: We encourage students to go to the following link https://www.test-guide.com/free-hspt-practice-tests.html and take some time to take the practice exams provided. This will give him/her an idea of what to expect on the day of the exam. 

Contact Dawn Akerman, Coordinator of  Enrollment at dakerman@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.