Chicago area Catholic high schools to offer entrance exams this weekend - some virtually


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Twenty-seven Catholic high schools in the Chicago area will be offering entrance exams this weekend, and like everything else in this year of COVID-19, things are going to be different than normal.

The Archdiocese of Chicago said that while most of the high schools will be offering a choice of online or in-person test-taking, at least two schools--Loyola Academy in Wilmette and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago--will be offering the exam remotely only.

Dan Tully, principal of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles said more than 200 eighth graders will take the test for his school. About 80 percent will take it in-person. He said temperatures will be taken and they will all be wearing masks.

"We will probably have somewhere between 6 to 10 students in each classroom so there’s enough space for them to be distant," he said.

Of the 40 or so taking the test remotely for Notre Dame College Prep, "Those students will be signing on with two devices, one to take the test, and one to monitor them so that we can, hopefully, keep the test somewhat reliable and valid."

Tully said that second device will also be used for students to ask questions of the proctor or for the proctor to inform students the test is beginning or when time is running out.

Notre Dame College Prep, like most Catholic high schools, is an open enrollment school. Most students are accepted to the school. The entrance exam is used to place students in the proper level of classes.