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Placement Test Information

Placement tests will be offered at Brebeuf Jesuit on the dates below. 

Students are not expected at all of the dates, rather, they should pick the dates that are most convenient for them.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Placement tests are for students interested in testing into honors courses and accelerated world  language courses.

Students are welcome to take as many, or as few placement tests as they desire.

Placement tests are not required. Students who do not take placement tests will be placed into regular freshman courses. No registration is required for testing.

Placement tests offered include:

  • Honors English 9
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors World Civilization
  • Accelerated World Languages: Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin Chinese

Please note: The placement test for Mandarin Chinese will only be offered during the March 13 testing session.

If you have any questions about Placement Tests, please contact Shani Simonson at ssimonson@brebeuf.org or 317.524.7080.

English Placement Tests

English Placement Exam—Reading Comprehension with Writing

  • Students will read one short piece of writing—could be fiction or nonfiction, but will not be poetry.
  • 20 multiple choice questions based on the reading covering grammar, vocabulary in context, author’s purpose, tone, and common literary techniques.
  • Writing prompt will ask students to write 1 paragraph, which will be graded on organization, mechanical errors, and ability to fully answer the prompt.

Who should take the test?

  • Anyone thinking of taking Honors English 9
  • An Honors students should have a love for reading, should be self-motivated, should be able to discuss reading at length, and should know basic grammar
  • The placement test is the ONLY indicator the department uses for determining honors placement.

How to study?

  • Work with your Language Arts teacher on writing in an organized manner

Math Placement Tests


Students who have taken at least one full year of Algebra and are interested in being considered for Algebra II-Honors or higher should take the Algebra Mastery Exam. Students that receive a satisfactory score on the Algebra Mastery exam will be placed in Algebra II-Honors. If a student does not meet the requirement to be placed in Algebra II-Honors then he or she will be placed in Algebra I-Accelerated or Algebra I as determined by the evaluation of the exam. Students who do not take the exam will automatically be placed in Algebra I.

The Mastery exam consists of 38 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. The test 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


Factor polynomials


Simplify polynomials
Solve polynomial equations by factoring

Rational Expressions and Equations

Simplify rational expressions
Solve rational equations


Incoming freshmen who had Algebra II or Geometry in middle school must take and pass a Mastery exam for those courses in order to receive credit at Brebeuf. Students who pass and can generate a high school transcript (before school starts) will receive credit for these courses on their Brebeuf transcript, including the letter grade that was earned for the course. This credit counts toward the credits required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. Otherwise, students who pass will be given a “P” for the course on their Brebeuf transcript, and this credit will not count towards the four years of Math required for the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. In either case, students must still take at least three years of mathematics at Brebeuf in order to meet the graduation requirement.

Algebra II List of Topics: bit.ly/alg2topics

Geometry Full Review: bit.ly/geotopics

Please E-mail Eric Graham, Mathematics Department Chair, at egraham@brebeuf.org for questions regarding these exams.

Social Studies/Honors World Civilizations Placement Tests

Who should take this test: Anyone who thinks that they are interested in taking Honors World Civilizations

What to expect when taking the test: 30 Multiple Choice questions covering general United States History and World History.  There are also two (2) written response questions.

How to prepare for the test: There isn’t anything you need to do to prepare. The questions are general knowledge you would have covered in your Middle School History Classes.

World Languages Placement Tests

The World Language Department offers a placement test for enrollment in level 2 or higher Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish courses. The test is optional, and many students choose to begin in level 1.

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
  • 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.
    • Essay questions that allow students to express themselves and discuss their interests in the target language.
  • 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 best course for you.

College Application Essay Seminar for Rising Seniors

This summer, the College Application Essay Seminar is being offered by Ms. Brown, former English teacher, current Learning Center Director. The class will be offered twice: June 19 to June 23 or June 26 to June 30. Class will be held in the Learning Center (rooms 111 and 113) in the morning from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Students may choose the week which best fits their schedule. The class number will cap at 22 students per week.

Students will complete an average of 6-8 college essays in order to create a strong working portfolio to be used in the application process in the fall. Students are very wise to have researched the essay requirements from the schools to which they intend to apply prior to beginning the class. We will also use the new prompts created by the Common Application. Students will write, review, and discuss essays in class. Students will write using their own devices and share all documents with Ms. Brown via google drive.

Cost for the class is $200.00 and will be billed directly to the student’s Brebeuf account. Students will need to complete a brief registration using the link below. Students may pick up additional information in Room 113 (the Learning Center), in the College Advising offices, or in the Academic Guidance offices.

Students will abide by the guidelines of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) as outlined in the Brebeuf Jesuit Handbook.

For more information or questions, please contact Ms. Patti Brown by email at pbrown@brebeuf.org or by telephone at 317.524.7027.

Click here for all the course details and registration information.

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