Selective Enrollment Exam (Chicago Public Schools)

Taking the Selective Enrollment Exam can be stressful on young students.  Private, 1-1 Selective Enrollment Exam tutoring provides both the knowledge and confidence one needs to succeed on this academically advanced, college prep public school placement test. 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.

About the Selective Enrollment Exam

The Selective Enrollment Exam for Chicago Public Schools is a 3 hour test given to eighth grade students from October through January. This exam is for students seeking admission to one of ten Selective Enrollment High Schools who have achieved at least a 24% in Reading and Math on the MAP test. The main exam tests 'core kowledge': reading, language, vocabulary, and mathematics.

Our Approach to 1-1 Selective Enrollment Exam Tutoring

A Selective Enrollment Test Prep package from MyGuru is a customized experience consisting of a test prep book from Barron's and 5 to 15 (more or less can also be done) hours of one-on-one instruction from a recognized expert (delivered in your home or a local library).  Students complete a diagnostic practice test to identify strengths & weaknesses.  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 & practice problems are completed. 

Our typical package provides a total of 15 hours of customized, 1-on-1  test prep, including the review of practice tests the student completes on their own time between sessions to measure and track progress.  Of course, we also offer hourly Selective Enrollment Exam tutoring – just fill out the form below or email us at  to discuss your child’s situation.

Customized, 1-on-1 Expert Instruction

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.

Recent Results

"Nicholas got into Whitney Young which was his first choice.  His total score was 891.  Thanks for your help." -

Harvey H. (~6 hours of tutoring completed).


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.

We encourage you to check around for a better value. Typical hourly rates for 1-1 Selective Enrollment Exam prep from an instructor like Banke can run well above $150 per hour at comparable companies.


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