In April, CPS announced major changes to the admissions process for students who will apply to Selective Enrollment High Schools (SEHS) and Choice programs during the 2021-2022 school year. We know you have questions, so we’ll update this page as we get updates from CPS about the high school admissions test and process.
Some details are still being ironed out, so please keep in mind that the information below (that we’ve received directly from CPS) may change over the coming weeks. Check back here regularly for new info!
Last updated: October 13, 2021
Nope. In April, CPS announced that the NWEA MAP test will no longer be used to assess eligibility to take the CPS High School Admissions Test (CPS HSAT) and ultimately to apply to Selective Enrollment High Schools and Choice programs. Now, any student may take the admissions test and submit an admissions application for Selective Enrollment High Schools and Choice programs. This is a permanent change, not just for the coming year.
They’ll count equally seventh grade grades (reading, math, science, and social studies) and exam scores. CPS will use the same 900-point system (450 points max for grades, 450 max for exam) as in past years.
In addition, socioeconomic tiers will be applied in the same way they have been in the past.
Every current CPS student applying to 9th grade will take the test at their school during the school day on Tuesday, November 9. There will be a make-up date for any students who are absent that day.
Non-CPS students may take the test on a weekend at a “designated CPS location” on one of these dates:
Students may not retest if they are unsatisfied with their exam scores.
Yes. Click here to learn more and to register for the CPS High School Admissions Test.
CPS will use the same exam they’ve used in the past. The content of this test has always been kept secret, but we know it includes reading, math, and English language arts questions. Nurturing Wisdom has helped students successfully prepare for this test for many years!
Students will take the test on a computer.
CPS will make sure students receive their approved accommodations. More details to come!
That’s right! CPS acknowledged that there will likely be more ties without the NWEA MAP scores in the mix. They said in the event of a tie, they’ll look at individual sections of the test, but didn’t indicate what exactly the tie-breaking process would be.
No, but that’s okay. When you fill out the application, you’ll be asked to rank your child’s school choices. CPS will attempt to place them in their top-choice school. If they do not qualify for that school, CPS will see if they qualify for their second choice school and so on. This means that your child should rank their top choice school first, even if it’s a long shot. If they don’t qualify for that school, CPS will simply move on to the next school on your list.
We have years of experience assisting families with the complex and ever-changing high school admissions process, and we’d be happy to talk with you about your child! We can also answer questions about the other high school options you might be considering – from CPS IB schools to private schools to boarding schools. You can call us at 312.260.7945 or submit this short form.
You’ll find a good deal of info (some updated, some not) on the GoCPS website.
Finally, your school’s high school placement counselor will also be able to provide guidance.
The CPS High School Admissions Test and process can be intimidating, but trusted sources of information and early planning make them manageable!