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 take the exam annually.


The 2018-19 school year will be one of transition for the exam program.

The California Achievement Test (CAT E/Survey) will be the General Studies Exam component.  The 2 1/2 hour exam tests English Language Arts and Math and will be administered in October onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  Students from non-participating elementary schools will receive guidance upon registration.

The Judaic Studies Exam, created by The Jewish Education Project, will be administered for the last time in November, onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  The tested sections are: Torah, Rashi, Nach, Dinim, and Safah (1 hour and 40 minutes, total).  For the first time, most questions of the exam will be written in English.  Passukim, Rashi, and the Safah section will still be in Hebrew. Students from non-participating elementary schools will receive guidance upon registration.

The Judaic Studies Achievement Test (JSAT), prepared by the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools, will become the Judaic Studies Exam component in the future. 


Please click here for a document listing the schools that have indicated whether or not they will participate in the exam program (elementary) or require the exams as part of the admissions process (high school).

If a school is not listed, please contact that school directly to confirm its participation/requirement of the exams.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - administration of the CAT E/Survey to 8th graders

Monday, November 19, 2018 - administration of the Judaic Studies Exam (BJE's) to 8th graders

There are no specific make-up dates scheduled.  Participating schools will receive guidance regarding absentees at the time of administration.  Students from non-participating elementary schools will receive guidance upon registration.


The registration window for the Fall administrations will be very tight due to the timing of the Chaggim.  It will open in late August and close in late September.

Guidelines related to each exam's registration will be emailed to participating schools.

Parents of students in non-participating schools should request registration information in late August by emailing Shelley Hill, Project Manager, Day Schools & Yeshivot.

Review Materials:

Please visit the CAT E/Survey and JSAT websites for information about the availability of prep materials.

There are no sanctioned review books nor previous years' exams available for The Jewish Education Project's Judaic Studies Exam (BJE's).  However, the Syllabus and Sample Test for the (all-Hebrew formatted) Judaic Studies Exam can both be downloaded for free by clicking on the links below.

Special Accommodations:

The following accommodations are available for students from non-participating schools who have been certified with an IEP, Section 504, or other accommodations plan:

  • Extended time

  • Large-Print Exam - only for the Fall Judaic Studies Exam 

  • Proctor to read/re-read instructions and/or an occasional word (NOT someone who will read the entire exam to the student).

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