How Register for the TACHS Exam
The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) is administered to eighth-graders seeking admission to a Catholic high school in New York City. You can register for the TACHS exam online or via telephone. If you’d like to register online, visit the TACHS website. Registration is open during only certain times of the year. Alternatively, you can call 1-866-618-2247 for TACHS registration. The number is available daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST on weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST on weekends.
To register your child for the TACHS, you must provide his or her personal and contact information. The address you provide must be the one where the child will be living two weeks before the exam. You can also choose the testing site and date your child will take the TACHS. Finally, you have to pay a registration fee of $65. The TACHS office accepts most major debit and credit cards.
For more information on TACHS registration, consult the TACHS handbook, which provides detailed information not only on registering for the TACHS but also on the test itself. If you’d prefer a physical copy, Catholic high schools and elementary schools, as well as many churches, can provide one for you.
Confirming Your Registration
After you’ve paid the registration fee, your child is successfully registered for the TACHS. You will be shown a seven-digit confirmation number that will serve as your child’s TACH ID number, which you will also be emailed if you provided an email address. Write the number down, since your child needs it to take the exam and receive his or her LPR (local percentile) and NPR (national percentile).
If you don’t receive an ID number, call the TACHS registration phone number to inquire about the situation. Students must be registered to receive an Admit Card and enter the exam.
Accommodations for Special Needs Students
After your child is registered for the TACHS, if you think he or she may require special accommodations for the test, fill out and submit the Eligibility Form for Students Needing Extended Testing Time.
Extra time in the form of time and a half is the only accommodation the TACHS office provides. Along with the form requesting the extra time, you must send documentation that shows why the student requires this accommodation. Valid documentation includes a recent IEP or ISEP, a recent 504 request or plan, or documentation from a recent medical or psychological evaluation. Whatever documentation you submit must contain a signature from your child’s principal.
Studying for the TACHS
Following the TACHS registration, your child can start studying for the test—the earlier, the better. There are countless online resources your student can access, and there are also courses and tutoring services, like ours, that your student can take advantage of.
Studying with a tutor is a fantastic way to prepare for the TACHS because it gives your child a professional instructor who can tailor the teaching approach to best match your child’s learning style. A one-on-one tutor can also familiarize your student with the TACHS test layout and give him or her the confidence to succeed.