TACHS Testing and Accommodations for Students
To enroll in a Catholic high school in New York City and some surrounding areas, students must take and pass the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS). If you believe your student requires additional accommodations for the exam, there is a process to apply for this, but the accommodation options are limited.
The only testing accommodation that TACHS offers for learning or behavioral challenges is extended testing time. Students, who qualify, may have time and a half to complete their exam. The normal exam time is approximately two hours of testing (with up to an hour for reading instructions and informal breaks), so students who qualify for extended testing time can expect to have roughly three hours of actual testing time available to them.
If a student is concerned that the testing center will not be able to accommodate a physical need, such as a wheelchair, they should contact the local appropriate Diocesan office. This could include concerns about ramps, doorways, desks, and other physical obstacles. If you are part of the Brooklyn/Queen Diocese, call 718-965-7300 ext. 5421. For the Archdiocese of New York, call 212-371-1011. Your student must take the exam in the Diocese to which they normally belong, according to their home address.
Requesting an Accommodation
If you believe that your student qualifies for extended testing time, you must submit the Eligibility Form For Students Needing Extended Testing Time. You will complete this step only after having completed the student's registration, paid the registration fee, and received the registration confirmation number/ TACHS ID.
The Eligibility Form can be found on page four of the TACHS student handbook. To complete it, you will need to fill out the student's name, address, telephone number, and current elementary school, as well as their TACHS ID number.
Perhaps more significantly, however, you will need documentation to prove that the accommodation is necessary. The first way to do this is to provide a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Education Services Program (IESP) from the school. This must be dated within a year of the scheduled TACHS exam date, and must specifically state that extended testing time is permitted for this student. The other option is a 504 Request or 504 Plan, completed yearly, or a current educational evaluation by a registered psychologist or medical professional. This must be dated within three years of the scheduled exam date. Your Eligibility Form will not be processed if one of these forms of documentation is not attached and submitted as well.
You can begin this process as soon as registration for the TACHS is completed, but please be sure to submit it early enough as well. In general, Eligibility Forms must be received about two weeks before the exam. For example, for the 2019 TACHS on November 8, the Eligibility Form has to be submitted with all documentation by October 21. The form and documentation must be submitted to the Diocese office directly, not to the TACHS Exam Office
Studying and Preparing for the TACHS
As your student is studying and preparing for the TACHS, there are some resources available through Study.com that can help. The TACHS Information Guide contains links to many lessons, flashcards, and practice questions that can help familiarize your student with the exam and the information being tested. There's also the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS): Practice & Study Guide, with 47 chapters of lessons, quizzes, and flashcards to help with test preparation.