Taking the TACHS? Complete Test for Admission to Catholic High School practice questions for all exam contents

Study Guide and Information

About the TACHS

The Test for Admission into Catholic High School  (TACHS) Is a requirement for all students who wish to join Catholic High schools in Brooklyn Diocese and New York city Archdiocese.

Exam Registration

  • Online registration is easy and advised. Simply fill out the online registration forms
  • Catholic High School Candidates can register via telephone by calling 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247) Monday-Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm (ET)
  • Catholic High School Candidates can also be registered via mail. Download and complete application forms and send along with payment to

TACHS Examination Office,
PO Box 64675,
Eagan, MN 55164-9522

Test Admission Catholic High School Content

Exam Content

Reading (vocabulary and reading comprehension)

  • Vocabulary: (20 questions, 10 minutes) students’ knowledge on definitions are tested by the TACHS
  • Reading Comprehension: (30 questions, 25 questions) Demonstration of a student’s ability to analyze text by identifying details and coming up with inferences.

Language (four short tests on capitalization, spelling, usage and punctuation and expression)

  •  Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization: Students must answer questions about sentences and paragraphs to show their grammar knowledge
  • Paragraphs: (10 questions, 7 minutes) Organization and clarity of paragraphs.

Mathematics  Includes number sense, algebra, operations, data analysis and measurement two sections estimation, concepts and problem solving data interpretation

    • Concepts, Data Interpretation, Problem Solving. Tables, analyses of graphs, basic operations and world problems  (32 questions, 33minutes)
    • Estimation: Estimate answers (18 questions, 7 minutes)


  • Changes and similarities: where by students ability to analyze sequence and patterns.(40 questions, 25 minutes)
  • Abstract Reasoning: Predictions and inferences are made by the students about patterns.

Exam Structure

  • The exam is timed for 2 hours
  • The exam is made up of sub-tests
  • The exam is set as multiple choice questions


Use the address in which you will be staying two weeks before the exam date.
Students are required to test on the same day as their diocese. They are required to state their county diocese at registration for the TACHS test.
A seven-digit confirmation number provided upon confirmation of payment. Thus, it is recommended that students print the screen of confirmation displayed at the end of the online registration process. In addition, a confirmation email will be sent.
Every handbook contains school code numbers; thus, if your school is not listed in the handbook, list its code as 999.
In the current school year, there will be no mailed admission cards. No students will be tested at typical sites; therefore, an online or remote test will be taken by students at the end of the current school year. Beginning November 1, 2020, a link is provided on the home page to access student’s session of test/date/time and information for logging in. This is because there will be a test session on the. Without the session mode, students will not be able to access their test. Please call 1-866-618-2247 for assistance if you are not able to find code online session tests.
NO. Only three catholic high schools can be selected.
You must directly contact the school since TACHS code is an indicator that the school does not participate in the program.


The mathematics section has 50 questions. Below is a detailed list of the mathematics topics likely to appear on the test.

  • Convert decimals, percent and fractions
  • Basic arithmetic functions
  • Probability and statistics
  • Operations using fractions, percent and fractions
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Exponents
  • Estimation

How to Study for a Math Test

TACHS Math Practice

Word Problems Tutorial
Basic Math – 10 questions
Basic Math 2 – 10 questions
Algebra – 7 questions
Percent – 18 questions
Fractions, Percent and Decimals – 14 questions

How to Solve Word Problems Tutorial

Basic Math Video Tutorials


The language section has two parts. The first part (40 questions, 23 minutes) covers spelling, capitalization, punctuation and English usage, and the second part covers paragraphs (10 questions, 7 minutes). Below is a detailed list of the topics likely to appear on the test.

  • English Grammar
  • Meaning in Context (Vocabulary)
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Sentence Structure
  • Paragraph organization, conciseness and clarity

Language Practice

English Usage – 15 questions
English Grammar – 20 questions
Punctuation – 12 questions


The Reading section has two sections, reading comprehension and synonyms. Below is a more detailed list of the types of reading questions that generally appear on the test.

  • Drawing logical conclusions
  • Make predictions
  • Analyze and evaluate the use of text structure to solve problems or identify sequences
  • Summarize
  • Meaning from context
  • Synonyms

How to Answer Reading Comprehension

How to Study for a Vocabulary Test

Reading Practice

Reading Comprehension I – 20 questions
Reading Comprehension II – 8 questions
Vocabulary – 11 questions
Vocabulary II – 11 questions


The TACHS Ability section has three different types of questions. All of the Ability questions are graphical. The first type of question presents a series of objects that are similar or linked, and asks you to choose from a series of four objects, one that is similar. The second type of questions presents two related shapes, and asks you to choose an object that has the same relationship as the first two. The third type of question presents a piece of paper and you are asked to select the diagram of how the paper would appear folded.

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Getting Started
How this study guide is organized 6
The TACHS Study Plan 7
Making a Study Schedule 7

Reading Self-Assessment 13
Reading Part I – Vocabulary 15
Answer Key 17
How to Improve your Vocabulary 18
Reading Part II – Reading Comprehension 22
Answer Key 28
Help with Reading Comprehension 31
Reading Comprehension Video Tutorials 31
Drawing Inferences And Conclusions 36

Language Self-Assessment 40
Answer Key 52
English Grammar and Punctuation Tutorials 56
Capitalization 56
Punctuation 57
Hyphen 58
Apostrophe 59
Quotation Marks 61
How to Answer English Grammar Multiple Choice 62
Common English Usage Mistakes – A Quick Review 76
Subject Verb Agreement 82

TACHS Math Self-Assessment 90
Answer Key 96
Basic math Video Tutorials 101
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 101
Decimal Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts
Converting Decimals to Fractions 105
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 106
How to Answer Basic Math Questions – the Basics 107
How to Solve Word Problems 110
Types of Word Problems 112
Basic Algebraic Equations 119
Pythagorean Geometry 124
Scale drawings 126
Quadrilaterals 128

Ability Self-Assessment 132
Answer Key 139

TACHS Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 191

TACHS Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 261


Online Resources


  1. Amanda
    December 29, 2016

    Thank you – I think I am ready for my test and get a great grade for my catholic high school test

  2. Amanda
    April 20, 2017

    Thank you i think i can get a better grade on my TACHS Test 🙂

  3. Tachs
    November 4, 2020

    Of coarse amanda. Anytime to help

  4. greg
    November 7, 2019

    i links I’m going to do better on my test then I thought……………………………I lied

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