# COOP Test Prep Services

## What is the COOP?

The Cooperative Admissions Examination Program, or COOP, is a high school entrance exam taken by students in grade 8 seeking admission into Catholic high schools in the metropolitan areas of northern New Jersey. Specifically, the COOP is used within the Archdioceses of Newark and Paterson. It is a seven-section, multiple-choice standardized exam administered by CTB/McGraw Hill in conjunction with an advisory committee from the sponsoring Catholic dioceses. The COOP is an assessment designed to measure both student aptitude and achievement, and does not focus on memorized information.

Schools use COOP scores to assess how well students might do academically in their high school settings. Schools use the COOP as a common measurement of students' academic capabilities, separate from school records.

## What are the different test sections on the COOP?

Section Topics Number of Questions Section Time
Sequences
Recognition of spatial relationships, patterns, progressions, and combinations 15-20 15
Analogies
Ability to discern various types of relationships among picture pairs 15-20 17
Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative aptitude and math conceptualization 15-20 15
Verbal Reasoning - Words
Deductive reasoning, categorization, and pattern recognition 12-20 15
Verbal Reasoning - Context
Ability to solve verbal problems by reasoning deductively 8-20 15
Mathematics
Mathematics concepts 35-40 5
Reading and Language Arts
Reading comprehension, language expression, and vocabulary 45-50 40

Although the COOP's general test sections and topics typically remain the same each year, it often introduces new question styles or varies the number of questions from year to year. Calculators are not permitted on the COOP.

## How long does the COOP take?

The COOP is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes in length.

## When is the test offered? How do I register for the COOP?

The COOP is administered twice a year, in October and November. COOP test dates, locations, and registration information can be found at www.coopexam.org.

## How many times can I take the COOP?

You may take the COOP examination only once.

## How is the COOP scored?

For each COOP multiple-choice question you answer correctly, you receive one point. You are not penalized for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Your speed in completing each COOP section is not considered in scoring. The total number of questions you answer correctly determines your raw score. Raw scores are then converted into scaled scores, using a formula used to compensate for any differences in difficulty from test to test. The scales come from specific tables produced by the test maker. Once scores are converted to scale scores, they can be compared with the median scores of students of the same grade level.

COOP scores compare your test performance with the performance of other students.

• A score between the 50th and 74th percentiles is considered "good".
• A score at or above the 75th percentile is considered a "very strong" score.

Raw scores for each section are determined by crediting one point for each question answered correctly. There is no deduction penalty for any question answered incorrectly, so it pays to answer as many questions as possible, even if you guess.

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