Placement Testing FAQ

  • Who should take the Placement Test?

    All students entering 9th grade at ETHS must take a placement test. For students currently enrolled at a District 65 school, placement testing will take place at their District 65 school. For students enrolled at a non-District 65 school, placement testing will be offered at District 202. Students will be placed in high school classes using placement test results, past course enrollment, grades/measures of academic progress, and recommendations from middle school teachers.

    When and where does the Placement Test take place?

    The placement test will be given at Evanston Township High School on a Saturday in December. Please see the Important Deadlines & Events for Incoming Freshman for this year’s placement testing date. Students should arrive at 8:00am and plan to stay until approximately 10:30am. You need to provide your own transportation to ETHS, your child must arrive no later than 8:00am and enter through the Entrance #2. If you choose to drive your child home, please plan to pick up your child by 10:45am.

    What should my child bring to the Placement Test?

    Students should dress comfortably. Rules prohibit food, personal calculators, and electronic devices (including cell phones, MP3 players, and cameras) at the testing site. No money is required to take this test.

    What Placement Test will my child be taking?

    Your child will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test. The test includes the sub-areas of mathematics and reading. The results allow us to make initial assessments of your child’s skills and abilities. This information may be used to determine eligibility for recommended placement in academic support programs, such as AVID or STAE.

    What if my child misses or cannot make the December test date?

    Please call Evanston Township High School's RTI/PBIS & Testing Coordinator for additional information at (847) 424-7085.

    What if a student cannot test on a Saturday due to religious reasons?

    Students who cannot take the test on a Saturday may take it on an alternate testing date. These alternate testing arrangements must be made by email with the RTI/PBIS & Testing Coordinator. The alternate test date will also be administered at Evanston Township High School.

    What about students with accommodations?

    For non-district 65 students taking the exam at ETHS, students seeking to test with accommodations need to provide the accommodations page from the student’s formal IEP, 504 Plan, or formal documentation supporting test accommodations. Please contact the RTI/PBIS & Testing Coordinator for an accommodations checklist to be completed by your school. Formal IEPs, 504 plans, or documentation supporting test accommodations must be included with the checklist. Accommodations information for students should be returned to the Testing Office by early November.

    What should the students do to prepare for the placement test?

    The best way for students to prepare for this test is to do well in their classes and continue to learn the skills and concepts covered in their eighth-grade subjects. Getting a full night of sleep and eating a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test will help students do their best work on the test.

    What do I do if I have questions concerning the MAP Placement Test?

    Please contact the ETHS RTI/PBIS & Testing Coordinator at (847) 424-7085.

    When will I get the results of the MAP Placement Test?

    For non-district 65 students, the MAP placement test results will be mailed to you in January.


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