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The Cooperative Admissions exam, or COOP, is given each year in October or November to eighth-graders seeking admission to specific Catholic high schools. The COOP measures academic achievement and academic aptitude and is used by high schools to make decisions about admitting applicants and to group prospective ninth-grade students into classes.

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Test Overview

The COOP lasts 2 and a half hours and contains approximately 180 multiple—choice questions divided into 7 subtests: Sequences, Analogies, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning—Words, Verbal Reasoning—Context, Reading and Language Arts, and Mathematics.

The exam changes from year to year so that no students are more familiar than others with the test format and content. You may see new question styles, or a different number of questions within a section. However, the content areas that the test covers remain basically the same.

Sequences

Time: 15 minutes
Format: 20 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Ability to understand rules shown in patterns or sequences

Analogies

Time: 7 minutes
Format: 20 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Ability to detect relationships among picture pairs and apply to incomplete pairs

Quantitative Reasoning

Time: 15 minutes
Format: 20 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Number relationships, visual problems, symbol relationships

Verbal Reasoning—Words

Time: 15 minutes
Format: 20 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Deductive reasoning, category analysis, relationship/pattern identification

Verbal Reasoning—Context

Time: 15 minutes
Format: 20 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Deductive reasoning

Reading and Language Arts

Time: 40 minutes
Format: 40 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Ability to understand central meanings and details of reading passages, understand sentence and paragraph structure, and grammar

Mathematics

Time: 35 minutes
Format: 40 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Number relations and patterns, computation and operations, geometry and spatial sense, data analysis and probability, functions, and measurement

Your Score

You receive one point for every question that you answer correctly on the COOP. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, and each question, regardless of how difficult it is, is worth only point.

The points you earn, known as your raw score, are tallied and then converted to a scaled score according to a formula determined by test developers. Converting raw scores to scaled scores allows schools to compare a student's performance on one part of the exam with his or her performance on other parts that may have included a greater or lesser number of questions.

Finally, scaled scores are reported as percentile rank. Percentile rank shows where students stand in relationship to one another on various sections and on the test as a whole.

How to Register

Most COOP exams are given in October or November but parents should check with specific schools of interest to find out when and where the tests are offered. Schools will provide registration forms, a handbook of instructions, and an admission ticket to the exam. Be sure to bring the ticket with you on the day of the test. A registration fee is usually required although the actually fees vary by school.