Entrance Exam


Taking the entrance exam is the first step in the admissions process to Marist High School. The entrance exam is held on the first Saturday in December. Exam date this year is Saturday, December 4, 2021.

All Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago will test on this day. Students may only take an entrance exam at one Catholic high school. Pre-registration is requested, but all 8th grade students are welcome to test at Marist the morning of the entrance exam. Pre-registration will go live three weeks before the exam as stipulated by the Office of Catholic Schools.

  • Marist High School administers the HSPT Entrance Exam, and study guides for this exam may be purchased online or at local bookstores. Be sure the study guide includes the HSPT Entrance Exam.

  • The Marist High School exam is designed to be taken without the use of a calculator and students may not bring a calculator on the day of the test.
  • Criteria used for decisions regarding acceptance and placement include results of the HSPT Entrance Exam taken at Marist and 7th and 8th grade grammar school records.
  • Letters of acceptance will be mailed in early February as set by the Office of Catholic Schools.

For more information on the Marist Entrance Exam, please contact Mrs. Alex Brown, Director of Admissions, at 773.881.5330. 

Testing Accommodation

Marist High School can provide extended time on the entrance exam to students who provide the following documentation:

Documentation, including the Request for Accommodation Form, are due to Marist by November 19, 2021.

If you have questions contact Mrs. Erin Kelly at 773.881.5304.

Application for Incoming Freshmen

The second step in the admissions process is the completion of our online application. This application is initially only available to students who test with Marist. Instructions on how to complete our application for the class of 2026 will be issued to students on the day of the entrance exam.