Placement Test Information for the Class of 2025

Placement tests, including the Math Skills Exam, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, and Upper-level World Languages (Spanish, French, Latin or Chinese) will be offered at Brebeuf Jesuit on the dates below:

Thursday, April 22 – 6:00 p.m. (one test can be taken)
Saturday, April 24 – 9:00 a.m. (two tests can be taken)
Thursday, April 29 – 6:00 p.m. (one test can be taken)
Saturday, May 1 – 9:00 a.m. (two tests can be taken)

For consideration for placement in Honors English 9 and/or AP World History, potential students will indicate interest on the Course Request Form. No separate placement test is required for these courses.

All freshman students take Biology, unless they arrive already having high school credit in Biology. There is no placement test for Biology.


Placement Test Details

  • Students are not expected at all of the dates, rather, they should pick the dates that are most convenient for them.
  • Each test is 60-minutes in length, unless students have extended time accommodations.
  • Students will provided a quick break between exams. Families are welcome to send their student with a drink and/or snack.
  • All students will wear facemasks throughout their time in the building. Students should bring their own, though we will have some extra disposable masks available.
  • Students should bring two pencils.
  • Calculators are not permitted on the mathematics exams.
  • Students are asked to enter through the Gym Lobby entrance.
  • On Saturdays, students taking only one exam may leave upon completion of that first exam. Students taking two exams without extended time will be finished at approximately 11:15am.

Students with Accommodations

We are happy to provide extended time accommodations if needed. Families with students taking extended-time exams should allow extra time 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.


English Placement

Please click here for information about the difference between Honors English 9, and English 9.

Students who are interested in taking Honors English 9 should indicate that preference on the Course Request Form.

Our English Department will review their application materials and communicate back our placement recommendation in May.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah O’Keefe, English Department Chair, at sokeefe@brebeuf.org.


Social Studies/AP World History Placement

All freshmen take either World History and Civilizations, or AP World History. Please click here for information about the difference between the two courses.

Students who are interested in taking AP World History should indicate that preference on the Course Request Form.

Our Social Studies Department will review their application materials and communicate back our placement recommendation in May.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Mayer, Social Studies Department Chair, at mmayer@brebeuf.org.


World Languages Placement

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Kris Schwickrath, World Languages Department Chair, at kschwickrath@brebeuf.org.


Science: Biology Course for all Freshmen

All Freshmen at Brebeuf Jesuit are enrolled in Biology. If a student has previously earned high school Biology credit, please let your academic counselor know. In these cases students will take the sophomore Honors Chemistry course as freshmen.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Rott, Science Department Chair, at jrott@brebeuf.org.


Mathematics Placement

The following math courses are available for freshmen:

  • Foundations of Algebra 1: Students who have not yet taken an Algebra 1 course, and would benefit from a semester of further pre-algebra skill building.
  • Algebra 1: Students who have not taken a full high-school-level Algebra 1 course previously but are ready to do so.  This is the standard placement for students that are currently taking grade level Math 8 or Pre-Algebra.
  • Accelerated Algebra 1: These students may not have taken Algebra 1 previously but are interested in an accelerated pace, OR may have taken Algebra 1 in middle school and would still benefit from another course to strengthen their Algebra skills.
  • Algebra 2: Students who have taken and mastered high-school-level Algebra 1 already, are ready to advance to Algebra 2. Students who take Algebra 2 as freshmen are likely to take honors-level math courses in future years, including AP Calculus AB as seniors.
  • Honors Algebra 2: Students who have taken high-school-level Algebra 1 already, have a strong interest in high-level mathematics, and wish to challenge themselves with advanced coursework now and in future courses. Students who take Honors Algebra 2 as freshmen are likely to take AP Calculus BC as seniors.
  • Finite Math / Honors Precalculus: Occasionally a freshman who is proficient in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry and shows strong interest in advanced coursework may be placed into this course, provided that proficiency is demonstrated through middle school courses and a mastery exam.

In order to properly place every student, all incoming freshmen must take either the Math Skills Assessment or the Algebra 1 Mastery Exam.

When you register for a placement test time and date, you will be asked to choose ONE of the following:

  1. I have not yet taken a full high-school-level Algebra 1 course (at many schools, you would have taken an 8th grade course called Math 8 or Pre-Algebra), and will register to take the “Math Skills Assessment” placement test.
  2. I have taken a full high-school-level Algebra 1 course in middle school, and will register to take the “Algebra 1 Mastery Exam.”

Then you will be prompted to register for a placement test. After you have completed your placement test, our mathematics department will use a combination of data including your placement test results, your HSPT scores, and the rest of your application materials, to select the right freshman course for you.

What if a student has already completed Geometry and/or Algebra 2?

Students who have taken high-school level Geometry and/or Algebra 2 while in middle school, should still take the Algebra 1 Mastery Exam for their freshman placement, and will also be scheduled for later mastery exams for Geometry and/or Algebra 2 in June. See “Geometry and Algebra 2 Mastery Exams” below for more information.

Math placement is reviewed every year when we schedule courses, and students have the ability to move between regular and honors level courses based on their desire and overall course load of the schedule.

Format and Details of Math Placement Tests

Math Skills Assessment 

  • The exam consists of short answer questions on which your work, as well as 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.
  • All students who have not taken one full year of Algebra 1 must take this exam.
  • This exam will focus on various middle school math skills.

Algebra 1 Mastery Exam

  • The Mastery Exam consists of short answer 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.
  • Students who have taken at least one full year of Algebra 1  should take the Algebra 1 Mastery Exam.
  • The Exam 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

Algebra 2 and Geometry Mastery Exams

  • Incoming freshmen who took Algebra 2 or Geometry for middle school credit must take and pass a mastery exam for those courses in order to receive credit at Brebeuf.
  • These tests are given during the summer and need to be set up with the math department chair.  The two current dates offered for the summer are June 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or July 14 from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Please allow two hours for regular time and three hours with accommodations.  To sign up for a testing date, please contact Kaley Trump: ktrump@brebeuf.org or 317-524-7031.

How does credit for these classes work? 

  • Students who pass the Algebra 2 and/or Geometry Mastery Exam will receive credit for these courses on their Brebeuf transcript, including the letter grade that was earned for the course.  The credit counts toward the credits required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma.  Students must still take at least three years of mathematics at Brebeuf in order to meet the graduation requirement.

How to Prepare? 

Please email Kaley Trump, Mathematics Department Chair, at ktrump@brebeuf.org for questions regarding math placement and placement tests.