The Algebra Exit Exam
The Algebra Exit Exam is given to students during the 3rd week of May at any CPS elementary school with an approved algebra program. Non CPS students can also take the test during that time-frame on the weekend but must register to do so. Click here to the approximately 200 CPS schools with an approved algebra program.
The Exam consists of 37 questions and 53 possible points:
- 27 multiple choice questions (1 point each)
- 7 short constructed response (2 points each)
- 3 extended-constructed response (4 points each)
To achieve a “pass,” students need to achieve a “scaled score” of 300; for a “high pass,” a scaled score of 325 is needed. Students who achieve a pass are described as having a “generally consistent command of algebra,” while students who achieve a high pass are described as having a “comprehensive, flexible, and consistent command of algebra and can apply it to any setting.” CPS allows any student who achieves either a “pass” OR a “high pass” to pass out of Algebra I and move to geometry in 9th grade.
While both types of “passes” will allow students to take geometry in 9th grade, SelectivePrep recommends that students aim for a “high pass.” Students who achieve a “high pass” will show a true understanding of algebra and be better prepared for high school and college math.