Entrance Exam

CLICK HERE to access the JCA Online Application for Admission to take the Entrance Exam. 

*JCA is now accepting incoming freshman applications and will administer entrance exams on a rolling basis. The JCA Admissions office will contact prospective students/families upon receiving the online application to schedule an entrance exam. JCA will contact the sending school for curriculum placement recommendations to finalize acceptance.

JCA Entrance Exam: Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 8:00 a.m.

Make-Up Entrance Exam: Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 8:00 a.m.

Future Angels and Hilltoppers, 
This year’s annual JCA Entrance Exam for current 8th graders will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021. 
All incoming freshmen must take the JCA Entrance Exam in order to receive acceptance and appropriate course placement. Eighth grade students should arrive no later than 7:50 a.m.  and enter through the main entrance off of Larkin Avenue. The exam will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students will exit the building at approximately 11:30 a.m. through the main entrance.
Pre-Registration online is mandatory for this year’s Entrance Exam to ensure social distancing protocols. Classrooms will be limited to 8-10 test takers based on classroom size, and masks must be worn throughout the exam. On Online Registration link is provided below.
Students are asked to bring two #2 pencils. Calculators are not allowed; scratch paper will be provided for the exam.
Prospective students must take the December 4 Entrance Exam at JCA to be eligible for merit-based scholarships including the Franciscan/Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarships and the JCA Heritage Award. A Make-Up Entrance Exam will be offered for students unable to attend December 4 on Saturday, December 11 at 8 a.m.
More information for all merit-based and financial need scholarship can be found at https://www.jca-online.org/admissions/financialaid/
Go Angels! Go Hilltoppers!
Ryan Quigley ’03
Joliet Catholic Academy – Director of Admissions and Communications
Office: 815.741.0500, ext. 214

CLICK HERE to access the JCA Online Application for Admission to take the Entrance Exam. 


Saturday, December 11, 2021, Joliet Catholic Academy will host its annual Make-Up Entrance Exam  for current 8th  grade students considering JCA as their choice for high school next fall. Eighth grade students should arrive no later than 7:50 a.m. and enter through the main entrance off of Larkin Avenue. The exam will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Students will exit the building at approximately 11:30 a.m. through the south doors, on Ingalls Avenue. Students are asked to bring the $30 exam fee, two #2 pencils, along with their completed JCA application for admission (students may also drop off or mail in the application before the exam date or fill out the application and payment online). Calculators are not allowed; scratch paper will be provided for the exam.
Registration is available online. Mail-in and walk-ups registration will also be accepted.
*Pre-registration is recommended, but not mandatory. Walk-up registration will be available the day of the exam.
Students who have already taken the HSPT at another High School DO NOT need to take the test again at JCA. However, students still must Register Online and send a copy of their HSPT score to the JCA Admissions Office in order to be considered for admission into JCA. Students who do not apply to JCA and do not fill out an online FACTS financial aid profile are ineligible to receive need-based financial aid offers to JCA.

The HSPT consists of 298 questions and ranges from approximately an hour and forty minutes to two and a half hours in duration. All of the questions are in a multiple-choice format. Test scoring measures only correct answers, so guessing is advantageous when the student is not certain of an answer. Students do not have to study for the HSPT, as it gauges previous knowledge. However, there are online practice tests and study guides available.

Click Here to take a free online HSPT practice test.

Click Here to see a detailed breakdown on HSPT sections and scoring procedures. 

For more information, feel free to contact JCA’s Admissions Office at 815-741-0500 or admissions@jca-online.org. More information can also be found at www.jca-online.org.

Please note that students who test on the December 4, 2021 date receive priority for admission, top scorer scholarships, and financial aid. Students who test during the make-up exam or schedule an exam at a later date are ineligible for top scorer scholarships and the JCA Heritage Award, but are still eligible to receive need-based scholarships through the JCA Leveraged Financial Aid program. To learn more about tuition and financial aid options Click Here.

About JCA:

Joliet Catholic Academy is a Catholic co-educational, college preparatory high school co-sponsored by the Franciscans and Carmelites. JCA’s committed, attentive faculty and staff challenge every student to reach their full potential. Joliet Catholic Academy offers a stimulating curriculum and boasts a competitive athletic program while fostering compassion and service to the community and to each other. Our extensive range of extracurricular activities encourages students to live with integrity, grow spiritually, acquire academic excellence, and act responsibly.

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