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ABOUT BERGEN COUNTY ACADEMIES ENTRANCE EXAM (BCA Test)
The Bergen County Academies Entrance Exam must be taken by students in grade 8 seeking admission to the Bergen County Academies. The Bergen County Academies (BCA), has seven academic and professional divisions. It is a tuition-free public magnet high school located in Hackensack, New Jersey that serves students from Bergen County, New Jersey. Admission to the Academies is highly competitive, as the school typically accepts about 270 of the more than 1,600 applicants every year (~16% admissions rate) through a process that includes letters of recommendation, exams, and interviews.
The Bergen Academies Entrance Test consists of Math and English.
The English Test
Students are given forty-five minutes to read a passage and write an essay response. The essay is scored using the following criteria: comprehension (shows understanding), insight (establishes a clear thesis), organization (paragraphs are structured properly and are in a logical sequence), support (supports the thesis with relevant facts from the passage), style (written in a clear, mature voice) and grammar/spelling.
The Math Test
The math test consists of 40 multiple choice questions for which students are given sixty minutes. The questions focus on basic math skills and word problems, with the first twenty being generally easier than the last twenty. Students who take algebra and geometry in middle school typically fare better on our entrance test.
Testing takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Although the Math test is 60 minutes and the English test is 45 minutes, it takes time to seat all applicants, distribute testing materials, fill Scantron sheets and collect materials at the end of the test.
The entrance tests will occurs in January – February each year.
The Bergen County Academies do not release the scores of the entrance test, This is to avoid unnecessary competition. However, needless to say that these tests are evaluated based on a simple correct or in correct response to the questions. Any question that is unanswered is treated as in correct. There is no penalty for incorrectly answered questions.
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For more information about the Bergen Academies Entrance Exam, Please visit: http://bca-admissions.bergen.org