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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
  • Includes a Diagnostic Test to pinpoint student strengths/weaknesses
  • 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
  • Provides regular communication to parents on student progress

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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

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Program Timing

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

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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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TOUGHER 7TH GRADE TEST MAY LOWER ADMISSIONS SCORES

August 25, 2014

Chicago, IL – Admissions to Selective Enrollment schools are based on a 900 point scale – 300 points for 7th grade grades, 300 points for 7th grade test scores and 300 points for the Selective Enrollment Exam taken in 8th grade. In the spring of 2014, CPS announced that it was requiring all students applying to a Selective Enrollment school to take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test – instead of the ISAT, Terra Nova, Iowa or Stanford in 7th grade. Over the summer, CPS released an analysis of Selective Enrollment admissions scores that shows that if the MAP test had been used in last year's admissions cycle instead of the ISAT, composite Selective Enrollment admissions scores would have dropped across the board – from 22 to 89 points lower per school.

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