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, it 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.

Currently:

The College Board's PSAT 8/9 Exam is the General Studies Exam component.  It is administered in early November onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  The tested sections are:  Reading (55 minutes), Writing/Language (30 minutes), and Math (60 minutes).

The Judaic Studies Exam is administered in various testing centers in November on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  The tested sections are: Torah, Rashi, Nach, Dinim, and Safah (1 hour and 40 minutes, total).

Review Materials:

Akin to many achievement examinations in general studies education, there is no special way to prepare for the PSAT 8/9 Exam.  The exam is aligned to the Common Core Curriculum that all schools follow at a minimum. While there are no sanctioned review books available for the PSAT 8/9 Exam, their website does have brief explanations of what each portion contains in the "See What it's Like" section.

Similarly, there is no special way to prepare for the Judaic Studies Exam.  There are no sanctioned review books nor previous years' exams available for the Judaic Studies Exam.  However, the Syllabus and Sample Test for the Judaic Studies Exam can both be downloaded for free by clicking on the links below.

Special Accommodations:

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

  • Extended time

  • Large-Print Exam

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

For more information regarding registration**, other accommodations or to request more specific needs to the three listed above, please contact Shelley Hill, Project Manager, Day Schools and Yeshivas at shill@JewishEdProject.org
**Registration generally opens in late August and ends in late September.

When applying to a high school, please inquire from them whether or not they require the Yeshiva HS Placement Exam as part of their admissions process.

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