Placement Test Information for the Class of 2026

Placement tests, including the Math Skills Exam, Algebra 1 Mastery Exam, Algebra 2 Mastery Exam, and Upper-level World Languages (Spanish, French, Latin or Chinese) will be offered at Brebeuf Jesuit on the dates below:

Thursday, April 21 – 6:00 p.m. (one test can be taken)
Saturday, April 23 – 9:00 a.m. (two tests can be taken)
Tuesday, April 26 – 6:00 p.m. (one test can be taken)
Saturday, April 30 – 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spanish:
    • Several prompts in English for which students provide a written response in Spanish.
  • 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

All incoming students will take a math placement exam in April.

First, on the Freshman Course Selection Form students received on March 4:

  • Indicate if your child is currently taking or has taken Algebra 2 and/or Geometry
  • Will be used to ensure student takes the appropriate placement exam(s)
  • Students in Pre-Algebra/Math 8 or Algebra 1 will NOT indicate anything on this portion of the form

Then, when you receive the placement test registration form, please register for your test accordingly:

Which math placement test does my child take?

  • Current Pre-Algebra/Math 8: Math Skills Assessment (April)
  • Current Algebra 1: Algebra 1 Mastery Exam (April)
  • Current Geometry: Algebra 1 Mastery Exam (April) and Geometry Mastery Exam (Summer 2022)
  • Current Algebra 2: Take Algebra 2 Mastery Exam (April)

Using the results of the HSPT as well as the placement exam(s), your child will be scheduled into one of the following:

  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2 (Regular or Honors)
  • Honors Finite/Honors Precalculus 1

Math placement is reevaluated every year when scheduling for the following year.

We have multiple pathways for students in math courses.  Every student, no matter what their freshman placement is, has the opportunity to take Calculus their senior year, if that is their individual goal.

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 II Mastery Exam

  • The Algebra II 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.  Please allow two hours for regular time and three hours with accommodations.  A scientific, non-graphing calculator is permitted.
  • Students who have taken at least one full year of Algebra II  should take the Algebra II Mastery Exam.

Geometry Mastery Exam

  • The Geometry 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.  Please allow two hours for regular time and three hours with accommodations.  A scientific, non-graphing calculator is permitted.
  • These tests are given during the summer and need to be set up with the math department chair. All Families will be notified when registration has opened.

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