Selective Enrollment Exam (Chicago Public Schools)

Customized 1-1 Selective Enrollment Exam tutoring provides your 8th grader both the knowledge and confidence one needs to succeed on CPS selective enrollment exam.  Our tutors work with students to develop a customized study plan that covers key facts and concepts as well as test taking strategies, helping them build on their strengths and address their weaknesses.

Our Approach to 1-1 Selective Enrollment Exam Tutoring

CPS does not provide details on specific questions or publish practice materials to help students prepare. But, we know it tests 'core knowledge': reading, language, vocabulary, and mathematics.  Some test prep companies claim to offer a specific curriculum designed to help you perform well on the selective enrollment exam.  Based on our experience helping students prepare, we are confident that the test mirrors other popular tests administered to students in 8th grade seeking admission to selective high school, such as the High School Placement Exam. We recommend preparing with a simple test prep book from Barron's and a customized study plan. 

Our CPS Selective Enrollment exam tutoring is a customized experience consisting of 5 to 15 (more or less can also be done) hours of one-on-one instruction from an experience CPS selective enrollment exam tutor. Students complete a diagnostic practice test to identify strengths & weaknesses (from the Barron's HSPT prep book we recommend).  The first session involves a review of this diagnostic test, an overview of each section of the test, and development of a study plan.  This is followed by a series of one or two hour sessions in which strategies for each section of the test are reviewed and practice problems are completed. 

Portion of most tutoring sessions will include review of practice tests the student completes on their own time between sessions to measure and track progress.  Just fill out the form below or email us at  to discuss your child’s situation.

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Experienced Selective Enrollment Exam Tutors

All Selective Enrollment tutoring is delivered by an expert tutor with experience providing tutoring for this exam.  Here is the background of one of our most experienced tutors, Banke:

  • B.A. in Comparative Human Development (University of Chicago)
  • ACT: 33 (99th Percentile)
  • 8+ years of experience tutoring the following subjects: Algebra I & II; Geometry; ACT; SAT; ISEE/SSAT/HSPT; Life Science; Writing and Grammar; and Organizational Skills

We offer both in-person Selective Enrollment Exam tutoring and online Selective Enrollment Exam tutoring.


Our base rate for private Selective Enrollment tutoring is $85, but we also offer 5, 10, or 15 hour packages which come with discounts of 5, 10, or 15%. That's a long term rate of $85 × 85% = $72.25 per hour. After the first session, if you then choose to continue with a 15 hour package, that's a total cost of $72.25 × 15 hours = $1,083.75.

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