Academic Assistance

Teachers... The First Resource

Teachers are available before and after school for students seeking individual assistance.  Students are encouraged to see their teachers before their need for help becomes urgent.  Students may contact their counselors for advice about the type of academic assistance that would be most beneficial.

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Program is designed primarily for students who are having difficulty mastering a subject.  Students may request a Peer Tutor by completing a "Peer Tutor Request Form" available in the Counseling Center.  Shortly after the request is submitted, Br. Roman will match the student with another student who is proficient in the subject.    Students and their tutors meet with Brother Roman and together agree upon a date, time and place for the tutoring sessions. 

October Test Day

During October the following tests are administered to the grade levels noted. The date of Test Day is determined by the national date for the PSAT/NMSQT. Students are automatically registered for these tests and pay no extra fees. There are no make-ups for absentees.
  • PLAN -- Administered to freshmen and sophomores, this test follows the format of the ACT and measures achievement in English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading.
  • PRELIMINARY SAT (PSAT) -- Administered to honors sophomores and all juniors, this test measures critical reading, mathematical, and writing skills. It also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors.

College Admission & AP Exams

Colleges and universities accept either the ACT or SAT Reasoning test  in reviewing applications for admission. It is recommended that students take the ACT and/or the SAT during winter or spring of junior year. They may also decide to take the tests again during senior year. The student's score report is mailed to his home, and CBHS also receives a copy. It is the student's responsibility to send his ACT and SAT scores to colleges. Students are encouraged to consult with their counselor to determine which test(s) to take. Registration materials are available in the Counseling Center. 
  • AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) -- Subtests include English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading. An optional writing subtest was added in February 2005. Scores range from 1- 36.
  • SAT REASONING TEST -- Subtests include critical reading and mathematics reasoning with scores on each subtest ranging from 200 to 800. The required writing subtest was added in March 2005.
  • SAT SUBJECT TESTS -- Some selective colleges may also require two or three of these subject tests for admission or placement.
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS -- Any student  enrolled in an Advanced Placement course is required to take the College Board AP Exam.  Each exam costs $87.  Payment is due April 1st. College Board does provide fee reductions for students with demonstrated financial need. Exams are administered at CBHS on national test dates in May. Satisfactory scores, as determined by each college/university, may result in college credit. Scores range from 1-5.

ACT & SAT Registration

Online ACT & SAT registration can be accomplished through the links below:

www.actstudent.org

www.collegeboard.org

Christian Brothers High School Code:  431395

It is the student's responsibility to send test scores to colleges.  ACT and SAT scores are not on CBHS transcripts.

Extended Time Testing

For more information about extended time testing click on links below:

Information regarding accommodations
Timeline for requests

ACT and SAT Extended Time Testing

The ACT and the SAT are national standardized college admissions tests. Any college in the U.S. will accept the ACT or the SAT for college admissions consideration. Both the ACT and the SAT allow qualified students extended time testing. To be eligible to apply for extended time testing, several circumstances are necessary.

1. The student must have a psychological-educational evaluation stating that he has a learning deficit or a learning disability and that, in the opinion of the evaluator, the student requires extended time on national standardized tests. A letter alone from a physician or a psychologist stating that a student has a learning deficit or a learning disability will not suffice.

2. The psychological-educational evaluation must be current. The ACT will consider evaluations that have taken place within the past 3 years; the SAT will consider evaluations that have taken place within the past 5 years.

3. The student must be currently eligible for or receiving extended time on tests and exams at his high school.

So if your son has a current psychological-educational evaluation on file with us recommending that he receive extra time on national standardized tests, it is important that he apply for extended time testing no later than the second semester of his junior year.

To apply for ACT or SAT extended time testing, your son’s first step is to meet with his counselor. We are required to complete special forms and provide documentation that will accompany your son’s application for extended time testing. Since applying for special accommodations is a time consuming process, students must meet with counselors to request extended time testing on the ACT or the SAT at least 2 weeks before the registration deadline.

Please be aware that students apply for extended time testing. Simply because a student has documentation indicating that requires extended time does not mean that he will automatically receive it.  The ACT and the SAT ultimately determine who qualifies for extended time testing. It is also important to note that applying to the ACT or the SAT for extended time testing is a separate process. If a student qualifies for extra time on one test, this by no means indicates that he will be granted extended time on the other.

Below are links that will take you to ACT and SAT testing accommodations sites. If you have questions regarding ACT and SAT extended time testing, please contact your son’s counselor.

ACT: http://www.act.org/aap/disab/index.html

SAT: http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html