TerraNova Testing


Standardized testing (TerraNova) begins for students in 2nd – 8th grade on Monday, February 24th and will continue through Tuesday, March 3rd.

There will be no school on Monday, March 2nd due to a Faculty Retreat.

We will administer 1 test per day beginning at 8:15 AM, so PLEASE have students to school on time.  PTO is providing snacks to all students in grades 2-8.  Please ensure your children get a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast before arriving at school to help them perform their best.

Testing News

Blessings on your long weekend  As we look forward to this week, we recognize that it is that time of year again…time for standardized tests.  The faculty and staff at Sacred Heart Cathedral School  is getting ready. Test schedules are being coordinated, test booklets counted, and practice test booklets are being distributed. Students in grades two through eighth grade will be taking these standardized tests.

In the past, we have always administered the Iowa Basic Test. This year, in response to a request that all the Florida Catholic Schools are taking the same norm-referenced test, we will be administering the Terra Nova test. While this test is similar to the Iowa, there are some strategies we can utilize to help our students be successful with this new testing format.  

We will only be administering one test per day and this will be first thing in the morning, right after prayer.   Consequently, please have your child to school on time within the next two weeks.  Your child’s teacher has been reviewing for the Terra Nova, but this is everyone’s first time taking the test.

Here are some proven test strategies:

Q: Should I guess if I don’t know the answer?

A: In the case of Terra Nova, the answer is yes. The Terra Nova does not take off points for answering incorrectly; they just don’t add any!

Q: What should I do if I’m stuck on a question?

A: Skip it. Your child can always return to the question once they have answered those they are more sure about. But advise your child to be careful about filling in the answer sheet. It may seem obvious to skip that line on the answer sheet when you skip the question, but in the more intense atmosphere of a testing situation, it’s easy to forget to do this.

Reassure your child – Tell your child the test will not give us the same data as MAP testing.  This is a norm referenced test which compares students in the same grade across the state to see how they are learning compared to their peers.

Listen carefully – Listen carefully to instructions from the teacher.  Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test.  Look at ALL the answer choices before deciding on the correct, most complete answer.

Look for key words – Look for key words in test directions and questions such as: choose, describe, explain, compare, identify, except, not and but

Listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher, and read the directions to each question carefully. Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test. Look at ALL answer choices and choose the best and most complete answer. If, you are not sure which answer is correct eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. Then focus on the remaining choices.

Stay focused – Do not let other students distract you.

Please, please, please get to school early and get a good night’s sleep the night before.  A protein breakfast is an added bonus.



Elizabeth Snow & Mary Adams


Future Crusaders

220px-this_is_the_main_logo_used_for_pensacola_catholic_high_schoolPensacola Catholic High School will hold its annual Open House for Middle School Parents on Sunday, October 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the CHS Gym.  Parents of current Middle School students are encouraged to attend this afternoon gathering to learn about Catholic High’s excellent programs, meet faculty members and students, tour the campus and lean about the admissions process.

Catholic High School will be administering its Placement Test for students who wish to register for the 2019-20 School year on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee.  Students will need to bring a completed Placement Test Pre-Registration Form and two #2 pencils.  The Pre-Registration for can be downloaded from the CHS website (pensacolachs.org).  Click on the Admissions tab then High School Placement Test.  The form is located at the bottom of the page.  There will be a make-up test for those who cannot make the Saturday test on Tuesday, November 6, at 8:00 a.m.

For more information about Pensacola Catholic High School, please visit our website  www.pensacolachs.org.

A copy of our Placement Test Pre-Registration Form is attached.

Place Test Pre-Reg Form

Eighth Grade Parents

For students who missed the Pensacola Catholic High School Placement Test in November there will be one last chance to take the test before Freshman Registration on January 21, 2017.

The Placement Test test will be administered on220px-this_is_the_main_logo_used_for_pensacola_catholic_high_school

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017,
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • CHS Media Center.

The test will end by 12:30 p.m. You must bring a completed Placement Test Pre-Registration Form (available on the CHS website—www.pensacolachs.org), two #2 pencils, and the $15 test fee. The Placement Test is required for all current eighth-grade students interested in attending Catholic High for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Future Crusaders

A printed copy of the Pensacola Catholic High Placement Test Pre-220px-this_is_the_main_logo_used_for_pensacola_catholic_high_schoolregistration Form will be sent home today with 8th grade students.  If your student does not give you the form, you can also download it from the Admissions Tab on the CHS website (www.pensacolachs.org).

Placement Test and Registration Dates

  • Placement Test
    • Saturday, November 12th – 8AM
    • $15 test fee and Placement Pre-registration Form required.
  • Make-Up Placement Test
    • Tuesday, November 15th – 8AM
    • $15 test fee and Placement Pre-registration Form required.
  • Freshman Registration
    • January 21, 2017 – by appointment
    • Parents will be contacted in mid January.