Registering for TACHS
The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) is required of 8th graders who wish to attend a Catholic high school in the city of New York. Registration for this exam can be done online via the TACHS website or by telephone. The internet is the preferred method of registration. If this is the route you choose, go to www.tachsinfo.com and click on the registration link. Please note that this link will only work during the registration period. If you wish to register by phone, call 1-866-618-2247. Operators are available M-F 8am-7pm EST, and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm EST.
The registration form will ask for your child's personal and contact information. If you are in the process of moving, please use the address where you will be living two weeks before the date of the exam. You may also have to select which testing site and date you prefer for your child to take the exam. The final step to completing registration is to pay the registration fee of $65. Most major credit and debit cards are accepted.
If you would like to know more about this before registering, registration and test information can be found in the TACHS handbook on their website. You can also get physical copies of this information from Catholic high schools and elementary schools in New York, as well as from many churches within your diocese.
Once you have submitted the registration fee, your child's registration should be complete. You will receive an immediate seven-digit confirmation number on the screen. Write this number down. This is your child's TACHS ID number, which they will need to take the exam and receive scores. You will also get an email confirmation with this number, as long as you provided an email address on the registration.
If you do not receive a confirmation number, it may indicate that something went wrong during the registration process. In this case, call the TACHS registration phone number to ensure that your student is properly registered. If the student is not registered, they will not receive their Admit Card in the mail. This card will confirm their testing date and site and is required for the student to be granted admission into the exam.
Once your child has registered for the TACHS exam, they can begin studying. However, if you think that your child will require accommodations, then there is one more step you need to complete: submitting the Eligibility Form for Students Needing Extended Testing Time.
Extended testing time in the form of time and a half is the only accommodation offered for the TACHS exam, and this can only be requested after registration is complete and you have received the TACHS ID number. You will have to submit documentation along with this form demonstrating the student's need for accommodation. This could include a current IEP or IESP from the student's elementary school dated within a year of the test, 504 Request/Plan dated within a year of the test, or current evaluation from a medical or psychological professional dated within three years of the test. The principal of your student's elementary school will also have to sign this form.
Studying and Preparing
On top of the study materials provided by TACHS and your diocese, Study.com has a number of resources you and your child can use to prepare for the exam. The TACHS Information Guide is a good place to start, with access to lessons, study guides, flashcards, and information about the test. You can also try the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS): Practice & Study Guide, which contains chapters of lessons, articles, and flashcards about the TACHS exam.