Yeshiva High School Placement Exam (The BJE's)

History of the Exam:

In 1974, The Jewish Education Project (then known as The Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York) developed a uniform Jewish high school placement exam procedure (known to many as the BJE exam).  Each November, we produced and administered a standardized placement exam in both General and Judaic Studies for students in locations throughout the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.  An average of 1,800 eighth graders took the exam annually.

school year 2020-2021:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration/administration guidelines have not yet been finalized.  Please check this page throughout the summer for updated information.

SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020:

The California Achievement Test (CAT E/Survey) for Grade 8 was the General Studies Exam component.  The 2 1/2 hour exam for English Language Arts and Math was administered in November onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  Students from non-participating elementary schools registered for the exam through The Jewish Education Project's Manhattan office where the exam was administered.

The Judaic Studies Achievement Test (JSAT) Level 8, prepared by the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (CoJDS), the Judaic Studies Exam component, was administered in November onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  Approximately 2 hours, the tested sections are: Chumash Skills; Chumash Vocabulary; Chumash Knowledge; Critical Thinking; Dinim/Yediot Klaliot; Navi; Hebrew Language; Torah Sheb'al Peh; Tefillah; and an optional Mishnah & Gemara section. The questions were mainly written in English while the Hebrew Language section was entirely in Hebrew. Participating schools, as well as students from non-participating elementary schools, ordered/registered for the exam directly from CoJDS.


The end of September is generally the deadline for schools to order the JSAT Level 8. Students from non-participating schools will have a slightly longer period of time to register. 

Early November is generally when the CAT E/Survey is administered to 8th graders.

The Monday of Thanksgiving week is generally when the JSAT Level 8 is administered.


When the process has been finalized, details will be listed here.


Please contact your elementary school to confirm its participation in the administration of each exam.

Please contact each high school that you are considering for admission to confirm its requirement of each exam.

Review Materials:

CAT E/Survey

Please visit the Seton Testing Service's website for information about the availability of prep materials for the Grade 8 exam.

JSAT Level 8

Click here to view and/or download a document on the JSAT Level 8 Standards.

Click here to view and/or download a sample copy of the JSAT Level 8.

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