The first opportunities for placement exams at Brebeuf Jesuit are
Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Placement tests, including Honors English 9, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, Biology, and Upper-level World Languages (Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin Chinese) will be offered at Brebeuf Jesuit on the dates below.

Placement Test Details

Placement tests are not required.

  • Students who do not take placement tests will be placed into regular freshman courses.
  • No registration is required for testing and families are not required to bring any additional materials.
  • Students may only take each test once.
  • Students are not expected at all of the dates, rather, they should pick the dates that are most convenient for them.
  • Students will be provided a quick break between exams. Families are welcome to send their student with a drink and/or snack.
  • Students should bring two pencils on their test day.
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Students are asked to enter through the Main Lobby doors.
  • Students taking only one exam may leave upon completion. Students taking multiple exams should proceed to the Chapel after completing their first exam. 

Students with Accommodations

We are aware of the those students with accommodations and are happy to provide them if needed.  Families with students taking exams with accommodations should allow 90 minutes per test and adjust pickup times accordingly.

If you have any questions about Placement Tests, please contact Shani Simonson at ssimonson@brebeuf.org or 317.524.7080.

Monday, March 2, 2020 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Honors English 9, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, Spanish, French and Latin

  • One hour without accommodations, 90 minutes with accommodations
  • Students who are not taking the Biology test, may take two tests per evening.

Biology

  • 90 minutes without accommodations, 2 hours and 15 minutes with accommodations
  • Due to the time required the Biology test, students taking this test may not take additional tests on the same evening.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 a.m.

Honors English 9, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, Spanish, French, Latin and Chinese

  • One hour without accommodations, 90 minutes with accommodations
  • Chinese is only offered on this date
  • Students can take up to four (4) tests on this date

Biology

  • 90 minutes without accommodations, 2 hours and 15 minutes with accommodations

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8
:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Honors English 9, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, Spanish, French and Latin

  • One hour without accommodations, 90 minutes with accommodations
  • Students may take up to four (4) tests on this date

Biology

  • 90 minutes without accommodations, 2 hours and 15 minutes with accommodations
  • Biology will start 8:00 a.m.
  • Due to the time required for the Biology test, students without accommodations taking this test may only take a maximum of three (3) on this date. Students with accommodations may only take a maximum of two tests on this date.

English Placement Tests

English Placement Exam—Reading Comprehension, Literary Analysis, and Writing

  • Students will read three short pieces: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
  • They will answer a total of 20 multiple choice questions covering grammar, vocabulary in context, author’s purpose, tone, and common literary techniques as presented in the three short readings.
  • A writing prompt will ask students to write a 1 paragraph response to one of the readings. This prompt response will be graded on organization, use of mechanics, and ability to fully answer the prompt.

 Who should take the test?

  • Anyone interested in taking Honors English 9.
  • Students applying to take AP World History.
  • An Honors student should have a love for reading, should be self-motivated, should be able to discuss reading at length, and should have a good grasp of Standard English language grammar and conventions.
  • The placement test is the ONLY indicator the department uses for determining honors placement.

 How to study?

  • Work with your Language Arts teacher on writing in an organized manner.
  • READ READ READ!

Math Placement Tests

Algebra I Mastery Exam

  • The Mastery exam consists of 38 questions on which your work, as well as the correctness of your answer, will be graded. Partial credit will be given where appropriate. Students will have 60 minutes to complete the test. No calculators are permitted. 

Who should take the test?

  • Students who have taken at least one full year of Algebra and are interested in being considered for Accelerated Algebra I, Algebra II-Honors, or higher should take the Algebra I Mastery Exam.

How to study?

The test will cover the following areas:

  • Real Numbers
    Distributive, Commutative, and Associative Properties
    Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational and irrational numbers
  • Algebraic Expressions and Equations
    Evaluate algebraic expressions
    Solve algebraic equations and apply to real-world situations
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
    Solve linear equations and inequalities
    Graph linear equations and inequalities
    Write linear equations
    Solve systems of linear equations
  • Factoring
    Factor polynomials
  • Polynomials
    Simplify polynomials
    Solve polynomial equations by factoring
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
    Simplify rational expressions
    Solve rational equations

Other Mastery Exams

  • Incoming freshmen who had Algebra II or Geometry in middle school must take and pass a Mastery exam for those courses in order to receive credit at Brebeuf.

When are these tests given?

  • These tests are given during the summer and need to be set up with the math department chair. For a list of dates contact: egraham@brebeuf.org or 317-524-7028.

How does credit for these classes work?

  • Students who pass and can generate a high school transcript (before school starts) will receive credit for these courses on their Brebeuf transcript, including the letter grade that was earned for the course. This credit counts toward the credits required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. Otherwise, students who pass will be given a “P” for the course on their Brebeuf transcript, and this credit will not count towards the four years of Math required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. In either case, students must still take at least three years of mathematics at Brebeuf in order to meet the graduation requirement.

How to study?

Please E-mail Eric Graham, Mathematics Department Chair, at egraham@brebeuf.org for questions regarding these exams.


Social Studies/AP World History Placement

For consideration for placement in AP World History, potential students must complete the following:

  1. Application (you will receive the link on March 5 with your online freshman course request and summer school form)
  2. Take Honors English 9 Placement Test for writing sample

The Social Studies Department will also look at: 

  1. Brebeuf Application
  2. HSPT Scores
More information will be provided and questions will be answered at the Curriculum Nights February 18 and 24.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Mayer at mmayer@brebeuf.org or 317.524.7170.

World Languages Placement Tests

The World Language Department offers a placement test for enrollment in level 2 or higher Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish courses. Although the test is optional, it is recommended that students with experience in a world language take a placement exam. 

Who should take this test?

  • Any student who is currently studying a world language or studied one in the past and is interested in taking a level 2 or higher language course in their freshman year. 
  • The placement test is the ONLY indicator the department uses for enrollment in higher level courses.

What should you expect when taking the test?

  • 60 minute exam that is progressive by design
  • The questions will generally increase in difficulty, so students should not be surprised to eventually encounter material that is unfamiliar to them.
  • Spanish and French:
    • Multiple choice covering vocabulary and grammar concepts in the target language.
    • Essay questions that allow students to express themselves and discuss their personal interests.
  • Latin and Chinese:
    • Multiple choice, reading comprehension, fill in the blank and translation.
    • The Latin test has a free response in English.
    • The Chinese test has a speaking and listening component.

How to study?

  • Students do not need to study or prepare for any specific part of the exam.  It is designed to assess your current level of language learning so that you can be placed in the course most appropriate for you.

Biology Placement Exam

The Placement exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 4 free response questions on which your work, as well as the correctness of your answer, will be graded. Partial credit will be given where appropriate. Students will have 90 minutes to complete the test.

Who should take the test?

Students who have taken a yearlong high school level Biology course and are interested in being considered for placement in Honors Chemistry. If you are not sure if your 8th grade course is a high school level Biology course, ask your teacher if the course covers the Indiana State Standards for high school Biology and if they use a high school Biology textbook.

How to study?

The test will cover the following areas:

  • Scientific Methodology and Graphing
  • Properties of Water
  • Biochemical Macromolecule Structure and Function
  • Enzymatic Reactions
  • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
  • Membrane Transport
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • DNA Structure
  • Central Dogma and Protein Synthesis
  • Chromosome Structure
  • Mitosis & Meiosis
  • Genetic & Chromosomal Mutations
  • Mendelian and Non-Mendelian Genetics
  • Endosymbiotic Theory
  • Evolution, Natural Selection, and Genetic Drift, Cladograms
  • Ecology, Food Webs, Succession

How does credit for this test work?

  • Students who pass receive credit for Biology on their Brebeuf transcript, including the letter grade that was earned for the course. This credit counts toward the credits required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma.

How to study?

  • Review any notes, old exams/quizzes, and lab reports for your previous Biology course(s)

Please E-mail Jason Rott, Science Department Chair, at jrott@brebeuf.org for questions regarding this exam.