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High School Placement Exam-PSAT 8/9


Joliet Township High School uses the high school placement exam, PSAT 8/9, for course placement and as an indicator of college and career readiness.  This includes placement in Honors, as well as, support in literacy and math.  The PSAT 8/9 evaluates comprehension in Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics.  The components of the exam are outlined below:


  • Reading-42 passage based questions
    • 55 minutes to take the exam
    • All questions are multiple choice and based on passages
    • Some passages are paired with other passages or informational graphics such as charts, graphs, and tables.
    • Measures the following:
      • Command of evidence
      • Words in context
      • Analysis of history/social science and science
  • Writing and Language-40 passage based questions
    • 30 minutes to take the exam
    • All questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
    • Some passages are paired with informational graphics such as charts, graphs, and tables.
    • Measures the following:
      • Command of evidence
      • Words in context
      • Analysis of history/social studies and science
      • Expression of ideas
      • Standard English conventions
  • Mathematics-38 questions
    • 60 minutes to take the exam.
    • Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some will be student-produces responses (grid in).
    • The math test is divided into two portions: calculator and no calculator.
    • Some parts of the test will present a scenario and then ask several questions about it.
    • Measures the following:
      • Fluency
      • Conceptual understanding
      • Applications
      • Calculator use



The public sender schools will be testing during the weeks of September 25 and October 8.

Make up testing will occur October 28, 2017 at Joliet West.

Questions regarding 8th grade testing can be directed to Dianne McDonald at dmcdonald@jths.org or 815-727-1073.




Steelman Academy Showcase

Will be held on December 6 from  6:00-8:00 pm.  All incoming freshmen are invited and will be mailed information in November.


Save the date!

Registration for incoming freshmen will be held on January 20 & 28, 2018.  Information will be mailed to homes in December. 








Contact Vickie Clark at 815-727-6732 or vclark@jths.org for more information.

Freshman Physical

The state of Illinois requires every incoming freshman to have a new physical.

The Illinois school code requires each student to have a medical examination and a complete immunization record from infancy, before enrolling in the ninth grade at Joliet Township High Schools.  We are not allowed to admit any student into school until the examinations required by law have been made and satisfactory evidence is presented to and accepted by the staff members of our Health Services Department.  Students will not receive their schedule in August, and may be late starting school, unless Joliet Central High School receives a valid Health Form.


We urge you to arrange for this physical examination as early as possible to avoid the rush on physicians during the last days before the new school term.  By doing so, you will avoid the disappointment of your child being ineligible to begin school on time because this requirement of law has not been met.  If you do not have a record of your child's immunizations please contact the Junior High immediately to obtain a copy.

Below is a link to the most current health form provided by the State of Illinois.  Please print the form and take it to your child's doctor to be completed.  All sections of the form must be completed as well as appropriate signatures.  A parent/guardian MUST complete and sign the back of the form.


2017-2018 Physical Form 

Contact the following for more information:                                                                                                    Health Office  815-727-6780                                                                                                                          Vickie Clark, incoming freshman registrar  815-727-6732



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