COOP Program Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose of the Exam : The COOP exam is designed to measure scholastic aptitude in verbal and non-verbal abilities, and achievement in reading, language arts and mathematics.  Utilized in conjunction with effort and performance ratings from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, as well as previous standardized test results, secondary schools are able to gauge the readiness of applicants seeking admission to college preparatory educational programs. The Cooperative admissions exam (COOP) serves as one of the criteria for admission to participating Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson.

Examination Description: A professional team of educators and assessment analysts of CTB/McGraw-Hill in conjunction with an advisory committee from the sponsoring dioceses prepares the COOP examination.

The COOP examination is composed of two separate components:

  • The aptitude component contains five sections of assessment:
    • verbal reasoning —  word 
    • verbal reasoning –  context
    • sequences
    • analogies
    • quantitative reasoning
  • The achievement component comprises three sections of assessment:
    •  reading comprehension
    • mathematics concepts and applications
    • language expression.

Handbooks, providing a full description of the examination, will be available to each applicant. A  Sample COOP Practice Test  may be downloaded from  No calculators, calculator watches, or any electronic devices may be used during the test.

Date and Registration Process: The exam is given on November 11, 2016 at a variety of locations in North New Jersey. Students must register for the test ahead of time. The registration process opens on September 1, 2016. Students may register by doing either of the following:

  • OPTION A: Obtain hard copy, paper application forms from any Catholic elementary or high school in the Archdiocese of Newark or the Diocese of Paterson. Students enrolled in private or public schools may also receive application forms by contacting the Cooperative Admissions Examination Program Office at 1-888-921-2667 or through the program Web site at or by e-mail at . Hard copy applications must be received no later than October 13, 2016.
  • OPTION B: Register online at the COOP exam official website . The deadline for online registration is October 28, 2016.


Extended Time for students with IEP/ISP accommodations: Extended time is the only accommodation available for the November 11 administration of the COOP examination for students with a valid IEP where extended time is indicated. An Eligibility Form for Students Needing Extended Time can be found on page 17 of the Student Handbook.

  • The form, along with supporting documentation, must be received by the appropriate (Arch)diocese office by Oct. 14 (firm) . DO NOT send Extended Time forms to MCS. The (Arch)diocese office determines if an extended time accommodation will be granted for the COOP examination.
  • Extended time accommodation is only available at the following make-up sites: DePaul Catholic and Paramus Catholic.
  • The COOP help desk cannot answer any questions about extended time accommodation.


Exam Fee: There is a $60.00 fee for the COOP examination is to be paid by the applicant at the time of registration.  For those submitting hard copy, paper applications, this fee is payable by money order or certified bank check.  Personal checks will not be accepted. For those applying online, credit cards are accepted.

High School Choices: Each student is entitled to choose three high schools to receive their testing results.  Students will select these high schools before coming to the testing center. The COOP ID Code for each participating high school is listed in the  COOP Student Handbook . On the date of the examination, the high school COOP ID Code must be entered on the student’s answer sheet the day of the test.    If school  ID Codes are not entered, or if they are entered incorrectly, scores will not be reported for that student. Students currently attending Catholic elementary school also enter a code for their current school that is found in the Student Handbook. Students attending Catholic school  outside  of the Archdiocese of Newark or the Diocese of Paterson should be sure to indicate their elementary school with the ID Code 997.

Exam Registration Confirmation : Registration confirmation letters of private and public school students will be sent to their home addresses. Current Catholic school students will receive this information directly from their current school. These letters confirm the test site and time at which the elementary school students are to report for the COOP examination.   The  letter must be presented at the test site indicated along with another form of identification.

Ninth Grade Applicant Record : In addition to taking the COOP exam, students must send transcripts to each school to which they are applying. This is done by means of the Ninth Grade Applicant Record. This record accompanies the hard copy materials, or it may be downloaded at . The record should be given to an appropriate school official (teacher/counselor/principal). The record asks for the following information to be sent to each of the three schools to which the student is applying:

  • Transcripts of marks received grade 6 through first marking period grade 8
  • Standardized testing results grade 6 through grade 8
  • Attendance grade 6 through first marking period grade 8

The  Record  contains a parental release form that must be signed in order to have all the documentation released to each of the three high schools.  The Record should be submitted after the first marking period of grade 8 is concluded, but no later than December 2, 2016.

Exam Result Notification : Parents of applicants will receive a specially designed  Home Report  detailing the results of applicant performance on the Cooperative Admissions Examination as follows: Catholic elementary schools will provide these score reports to all parents of their students; parents of students in public or private schools will have the score report sent directly to their homes by MCS.  COOP scores will be available the week of  January 9, 2017.

Admission Notification: Each high school subscribes to the following fundamental criteria for admission of candidates:

  1. successful achievement and effort as indicated by the official transcript of 6th, 7th and  8th  grade marks with accompanying standardized test results
  2. satisfactory performance on the COOP Admissions Examination
  3. recommendation of the elementary school principal and/or 8th grade teacher
  4. successful completion of 8th grade
  5. record of satisfactory attendance and conduct

Many high schools have additional criteria for admission such as essays, required interviews, etc. Please consult with each school to which you are applying as to what additional items, if any, they require.

Notices of admission status will be mailed to those candidates whose scores and completed records have been received by the schools to which they have applied on January 13, 2016.

Late Applicants: Anyone who has not applied by the required deadline (and therefore is not registered) may take the test as a Walk-in Student on November 11, at regular test sites that are not full.

Admission is not guaranteed at any site and there is an additional $25 late registration fee (total fee is $85.00 – $60 registration fee + $25 late registration fee). The $85.00 fee must be cash, a cashier’s check, or money order payable to MCS. Personal checks will not be accepted. Full test sites will be posted on the COOP web site, but sites may become full with walk-in students on the test date and may close without notification. Using the Blank Admission Form cut or copied from page 7 of the Student Handbook, you should fill in Name, Address, and up to three school choices according to the directions on page 6 of the Student Handbook. The student should take the Application to the test site where information will be copied to a scannable Application Form and Test Answer Sheet.

Make-up Test: Registered students, who are ill or have a valid reason for not taking the test on November 11, will have one opportunity to take a makeup test on Saturday, November 19. There will be one make-up site in each county (Bergen-Paramus Catholic, Essex-Immaculate Conception High School, Hudson-Marist High School, Union-Mother Seton Regional High School, Morris-Morris Catholic High School, Passaic-DePaul Catholic High Schools, and Sussex-Pope John XXIII High School).

Locations of the makeup test will be available on the COOP website and telephone help desk 1-888-921-2667 beginning November 11 at 1:00 p.m. Registered students do not need to re-register or call for permission to take the make-up test. The original admission ticket will admit the student to any make-up site.

An additional $10.00 make-up test fee (cash, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the school administering the make-up test) must be paid at the make-up test site. You must notify the site where the student chooses to take the makeup test beginning Monday, November 14. Telephone numbers of make-up sites will be posted on the COOP Website beginning November 14 at 1:00 p.m.

You do not need to call to report the absence on November 11.

Unregistered Students and the Make-up Test : Anyone who has not applied by the required deadline (and therefore is not registered) and who did not take the test as a Walk-in Student on November 11, can take the Make-up Test as a Walk-in Make-up Student.

There is an additional $25 late registration fee (total test fee is $85.00 – $60 registration fee + $25 late registration fee) and $10 make-up fee. The $85.00 fee must be cash, a cashier’s check, or money order payable to MCS. A separate $10.00 make-up test fee (cash, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the school administering the make-up test) must also be paid at the make-up site.


Cooperative Admissions Examination Office
MCS Center
4603 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933
1-888-921-COOP (1-888-921-2667)