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Placement Exam

Saturday, December 2, 2023 is the BMCS High School Placement Exam. 

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. test will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will  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 Friday, December 1, 2023 during the school day.

All prospective parents and students should attend the Parent Pre-Exam meeting will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Practice Exams: We encourage students to go to the following link, here. 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 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.

BMCS Placement Exam Practice Test