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Trinity Hall’s Top 10 Tips for Taking the Entrance Exam

Trinity Hall’s Top 10 Tips for Taking the Entrance Exam

Are you planning on taking a high school entrance exam? We've collected some tips to help you perform your very best.


1. “Get plenty of rest the night before the exam. Eating a solid breakfast will give you the necessary energy to sit for this 2+ hour exam.” – Mary Sciarrillo, head of school, Trinity Hall

2. “Arrive at the examination room early and get comfortable in your chair before the test begins.”  -Jennifer Gigantino, “High School Placement Test Tips," eHow.com

3. “Use all the time that is allotted to you. Don’t sit idle when you could be checking your answers.” – James Palmieri, assistant head of school, Trinity Hall

4. “Bring several #2 pencils with nice, sharp points and fresh, smooth erasers.” – Theresa Kiernan, director of advancement and admissions, Trinity Hall

5. “Remember that easy questions are worth the same amount of points as hard questions. Don’t rush through the easy questions and make careless mistakes.” – Lisa Zimmer Hatch and Scott Hatch, Catholic High School Entrance Exams for Dummies

6. “Read the questions in the reading comprehension portion before reading the selected text. That way you can underline key passages and know what portions of the text are necessary to answer the questions correctly.” – Alyssa Morreale, English teacher, Trinity Hall

7. “Be careful when you’re filling in your answer sheet. Make sure that the number of the question you’re answering in your test booklet is the same as the number you’re filling in on your answer sheet. Keep a piece of paper over your answer sheet and move it down as you go to help you stay on track.” - Melissa Fairchild, Spanish teacher, Trinity Hall

8. “Incorrect answers don’t count against you, so you can always guess at any answers you are unsure of. Remember, an educated guess is better than no guess at all.” – “HSPT Study Guide” by Study Guide Zone

9.     “Breathe. Relax. And pray.” – Melissa Whelan, theology teacher, Trinity Hall

10. “Don’t cheat. First of all, it’s wrong. Secondly, you don’t want to misrepresent what you actually know.” – Kevin Polke, mathematics teacher, Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall's next entrance exam for the 2014-2015 school year is scheduled on Saturday, January 11 at 8:15 a.m. All applicants must take the exam and registration is required. To RSVP for the Trinity Hall entrance exam please go to  www.trinityhallnj.org.

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