Incoming Freshman Placement Testing

  • Incoming freshmen are required to complete a placement exam.  The results of the placement exam assist in determining the English, math, and science courses the student will participate in during 9th grade.  The exam results also help identify students for required participation in the Incoming Freshmen Academy math and reading summer school programs.

    High School District 211 uses the PSAT 8/9 as its placement exam.  The PSAT 8/9 is part of a series of exams offered by the College Board and serves as a precursor to the SAT, a long standing college entrance exam that also is used by the State of Illinois as its mandated student achievement test for third-year high school students.  The PSAT 8/9 provides scores for mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing.  More information about the PSAT 8/9 is available on the College Board website at

    The Class of 2024 will take its placement exam on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Testing begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the high school the student will attend in the fall of 2019.  Students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. in order to check-in and locate their assigned testing rooms.  Students should bring at least two No. 2 pencils and a calculator when reporting for the placement exam.  Calculators are allowed for portions of the mathematics exam, however, smartphones are not allowed to be used as calculators.  The exam will conclude at 12:10 p.m. Students will not be dismissed early.

    Enrollment materials may be submitted during the placement exam.  Students eligible for testing accommodations will receive information about accessing these supports in the weeks leading up to the exam date.


    Questions about the placement exam can be directed to the student services director at the high school.

    Palatine High School 
    Fred Rasmussen, student services director

    Fremd High School
    Tracy Bafia, student services director

    Conant High School
    Brigit Cain, student services director

    Schaumburg High School
    Yassi Delgado, student services director

    Hoffman Estates High School
    Jennifer Beers, student services director


    Additional information on Incoming Freshman Placement Testing, including information on transportation to the placement exam, is available on page 4 in the Incoming Freshman Transition Guide.  Click here to access the Incoming Freshman Transition Guides.