The process of starting high school involves a great deal of preparation for every student as they take this exciting step in their lives. Northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan high schools are some of the most competitive in the nation, and in order to give your child the brightest future possible, you likely have your sights set on a top school in the area. Many parochial schools in the region require that students successfully pass the Cooperative Admissions Examination Program (COOP), a high school entrance exam. A high score on the COOP is effective in determining a student's academic capabilities, as well as which class levels he or she will perform best at.

Huntington Learning Center is proud to offer comprehensive COOP exam prep for students wishing to really shine on this test. No matter your child’s strengths and weaknesses, we will work with them to identify areas for improvement to ensure they do as well as possible come test day.

The Huntington Approach to Cooperative Admissions Examination Program Prep

Huntington Learning Center has helped countless students conquer the COOP time and time again because of the unique, research-based approach we take to tutoring and test prep. We have found that the highest rate of success comes when kids are given an individualized test prep program that takes into account their specific needs. We begin the COOP test prep tutoring process by first administering a full-length practice COOP exam, the results of which will pinpoint the exact areas where your child needs dedicated attention. We will subsequently design a tailored learning plan that can help develop skills needed to score well.

We believe that COOP exam prep is most effective when parents are kept informed and involved. We will meet with you throughout the tutoring process to discuss your child's progress and performance, as well as the strategies we're using to prepare him or her for the COOP exam.

Understanding the COOP Exam

The Cooperative Admissions Examination Program (COOP) is unique in that it is a high school entrance exam taken exclusively by 8th grade students who wish to gain admission into Catholic high schools in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. This exam is comprised of eight multiple-choice sections, and is produced by CTB/McGraw Hill in conjunction with an advisory committee from the sponsoring Catholic archdiocese. Because the COOP test does not focus on memorized facts, details, or definitions, its aim is primarily to assess students' aptitude and achievement.

The eight sections of the COOP test, in which Huntington's experienced exam tutors will prepare your child, include sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning-words, verbal reasoning-context, reading comprehension, language expression, and mathematics concepts and application. This exam, which takes a little over two hours to complete, changes in question style and number of questions from year to year. It is critically important that your child performs well on the COOP exam as it can only be taken once a year.


Success starts at Huntington Learning Center. For over four decades, parents have trusted our methods and tutors to prepare their children for the incredibly important high school entrance exams that help set them on their journey towards college and future career. Our knowledgeable tutors will help remove the stress surrounding the COOP exam, utilizing a COOP test prep program that helps your child understand what to expect, which strategies to use when taking the exam, and how to effectively manage his or her time on test day.

Give your child the best start possible by contacting Huntington Learning Center today. You won't regret providing your child a top-notch tutor for COOP exam prep that will instill in them the skills needed to score well and succeed in their high school courses, college classes, and beyond.

Call 1-800-CAN-LEARN today to speak with one of our academic specialists and get your child started on test prep for the COOP.

Common questions About the COOP

Section Topics Number of Questions Section Time
  • Recognition of spatial relationships, patterns, progressions, and combinations
  • 15-20
  • 15
  • 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 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.

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

The COOP is administered twice a year, once in October and once in November. You can find COOP test dates, locations, and registration information by visiting

You may take the COOP examination only once.

For each COOP multiple-choice question the student answers correctly, the student receives one point. There is no penalty for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Speed in completing each COOP section is not considered in scoring. The total number of questions the student answers correctly determines the 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 student 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 a student guesses.

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