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Second entrance exam to be held for MCVTS Woodbridge Academy

Second entrance exam to be held for MCVTS Woodbridge Academy

Eighth-graders will get a second opportunity to apply to the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge.

Applications are being accepted for a second entrance exam, to be held online on Jan. 30. The deadline for applications is Jan. 23.

“Due to COVID-19 limitations, we want to make sure every student in the county who wants to apply has the opportunity,” said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Bicsko.

The entrance exam is being held virtually for the first time. Students taking the two-hour exam are monitored via webcam by proctors from the academy staff. The exam includes mathematics, language arts and science questions, as well as an essay.

The exam results are used to choose applicants to be interviewed. The interview process includes virtual meetings with both parents and students.

“The parents get in-depth information about the school and the expectations for students,” Principal Robert Fuller said. “Then the students are interviewed separately.”

The goal is for both parents and students to understand the rigorous curriculum and the demands placed on students, he said.

 “Admission is based on more than just the test score,” Bicsko said. “It’s based on the whole student.”

The application is available on the district website, www.mcvts.net.

The academy's focus is to prepare students for college majors in the medical and biomedical research fields. All students take an honors curriculum with an emphasis on the sciences.  Students have opportunities to take Advanced Placement courses as well as courses affiliated with Rutgers University School of Health Professions. 

 Woodbridge Academy was named one of the top five public high schools in New Jersey in the latest ratings by U.S. News and World Report and is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first full-time county vocational school district in the nation, also has campuses in East Brunswick, Edison, Perth Amboy and Piscataway, offering 34 career majors.

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