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.

Currently:

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

The California Achievement Test (CAT E/Survey) was the General Studies Exam component.  The 2 1/2 hour exam tests English Language Arts and Math and was administered in October onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  

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

NEXT YEAR - 2019-2020:

The California Achievement Test (CAT E/Survey) for Grade 8 will again be the General Studies Exam component.  The 2 1/2 hour exam tests English Language Arts and Math and will be administered in November onsite in participating elementary schools during the school day.  Students from non-participating elementary schools will be able to register for the exam beginning in mid-August by emailing Shelley Hill to request the form.

The Judaic Studies Achievement Test (JSAT) Level 8, prepared by the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (CoJDS), will be the Judaic Studies Exam component 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 will be mainly written in English while the Hebrew Language section will be entirely in Hebrew. Schools may order the exam here.  Students from non-participating elementary schools should contact CoJDS or at least one participating high school for guidance about registration.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, September 20, 2019 - final date to register students for the JSAT Level 8

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - administration of the CAT E/Survey to 8th graders

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - alternate date of administration of CAT E/Survey for schools that are closed on Election Day (November 5th)

Monday, November 25, 2019 - administration of the JSAT Level 8 to 8th graders

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - administration of the JSAT Level 8 to registered 8th graders who were absent on November 25th.

REGISTRATION:

Participating schools will follow the guidelines set forth by each testing company - Seton Testing Services (CAT E/Survey) and the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (JSAT 8).

Parents of students in non-participating elementary schools should request

  • CAT E/Survey registration information in mid-August by emailing Shelley Hill, Project Manager, Day Schools & Yeshivot.
  • JSAT Level 8 registration information by contacting CoJDS or at least one participating high school.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS:

Please click here for the current listing of schools that have indicated intent to participate in the 2019-20 exam program (elementary) or to require the exams as part of the admissions process (high school). Schools should be contacted directly to confirm.

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

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.

Special Accommodations:

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

  • Extended time

  • 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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