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8th Grade Program

SelectivePrep offers the only classroom programs in Chicago to help students prepare for the Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam. This test is one third of the score required for admissions to a Selective Enrollment High School.

Program Overview

With the SelectivePrep Program, students prepare for the Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam in a structured classroom setting with one of our expert instructors. These classes enable students to master the math and verbal topics on the exam. Students leave the course better equipped to face the admissions process and better prepared to succeed in high school. The SelectivePrep Program starts with a diagnostic test to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. Students will have access to supplemental material so they can practice in areas where they need the most improvement. Students also take a practice test under test conditions just before they take "the real thing". The SelectivePrep Program:

  • Is offered on weekends at convenient locations or after school at local elementary schools
  • Includes both regular 8 week (2 hours per session) or intensive 4 week (4 hours per session) programs
  • Includes a Study Guide with extensive review material
  • Is divided between math and verbal sections
  • Does not use calculators to encourage students to think on their feet
  • Limits class size to twenty students

Click pdfhere83.35 KB to view or download a copy of the weekend schedule. Our after school classes will be under Register Now, 8th Grade Programs.

Program Syllabus

Session Topics Covered
Session 1 Diagnostic Test; Intro to Exam, Number Properties
Session 2 Decimals, Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Probability and Combinations, Reading Comprehension 1
Session 3 Percents, Ratios, Averages, Grammar 1
Session 4 Basic Algebra & Equations; Reading Comprehension 2
Session 5 Inequalities, Units of Measurement, Charts and Graphs, Grammar 2
Session 6 Geometry, Vocabulary Review
Session 7 Word Problems, Grammar 3
Session 8 Practice Test; Practice Test Review & Last Minute Tips

Click here to try some sample SelectivePrep Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam Program material.

Program Timing

SelectivePrep's Selective Enrollment Exam Program starts in September 2014.

Register for the Selective Enrollment Exam Program 

After School Classes

SelectivePrep conducts after school classes at elementary schools across Chicago. If you are interested in an after school class at your school, please contact us.

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SELECTIVEPREP ON WGN-TV

May 23, 2014

The intense competition and successful strategies to secure a seat at one of Chicago's top Selective Enrollment High Schools and Academic Centers were featured in a May 22nd WGN-TV news story about the Selective Enrollment process. WGN Reporter Tonya Francisco outlined the steps of the selection process and interviewed parents and students about their experiences. Ms. Francisco also spoke with Jonina Lerner and Matthew Greenberg, the founders of SelectivePrep, to get their insights. As Matthew Greenberg noted, "We are preparing students to know the material backwards and forwards" – so their chances of being successful are maximized. For more information and to view the story, click here.