What is the entrance exam like?

A lot of prospective students wonder what they should study for the entrance exam. Our answer is simple, you really shouldn’t worry about studying anything at all. The Middlesex County Academy’s entrance exam only tries to determine how well each student will be able to handle the school’s coursework. It does this by testing the basic math and English skills that students should have picked up over the course of their middle school careers.

Though the creators of this site have not designed the exam nor taken it recently, some basic facts about it often (but perhaps not always) hold true. The exam normally takes place on a Saturday in mid-December in the Academy building. Much like you’d find on the PSAT, it has sections that cover math, reading, and writing. In the math section, expect to have to solve basic word problems covering simple algebraic and geometric concepts. The Academy does not expect students to have already taken geometry, and the test has been designed with that in mind, so even if there is a small handful of geometry questions on the test, do know that they likely only cover the simplest of topics (as would be covered in any Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1 course). The English sections often involve reading passages and answering questions on them, and perhaps spotting grammatical errors in simple sentences.

If you have specific questions regarding the exam, please direct them to the school’s guidance office. The creators of this site are not directly affiliated with the school, and are only basing this information off of their personal experiences with the admissions process in the past.

About Eric Jeney:

Eric Jeney graduated from the Academy in 2012 and is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has recently interned at Google and Palantir Technologies.

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