NJ Biology Competency Test Information

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The state-mandated New Jersey Biology Competency Test will be administered to students currently taking Biology on Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1.  Only the regular bus schedule will be run on these days.  All students who are testing will report to the main gym at 7:45am.  All other students will report to the regular first period class.  Below is more information on the test:



This year, the state-mandated New Jersey Biology Competency Test will be administered on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. Please carefully review the following information concerning the testing schedule and operations:


  • During New Jersey Biology Competency testing, we will be running our regular bus schedule.
    • Students taking the Biology Test will arrive at Voorhees High School and report to the gym by 7:45 a.m.
    • All other students will report to their first period class at the regular time.
  • All students will get on their normal buses at the end of the school day.


This year, students will be taking the New Jersey Biology Competency Test in the gym.  Students will be split into groups within the large testing site, with staff members assigned to proctor each group.


  • Attendance will be taken in the testing location. Therefore, students must report directly to their designated testing location.
  • Students are reminded to bring their school ID or a driver’s license to the testing site.
  • Students who miss any section due to illness will be advised by their guidance counselors to sit for the makeup sessions scheduled for June 7 and June 8.
  • If a student is eligible for testing accommodations, the student will receive a pass with a room assignment and will not report to the gym.
  • At the conclusion of testing each day, students taking the NJBCT will report to their regularly-scheduled classes. It is anticipated that each day’s session should be completed by 10:00 a.m.


Students must bring two #2 pencils each day of testing. New Jersey Department of Education directives prohibit backpacks, cell phones, jackets, food, and drinks in the testing areas. Please remind your child to leave these items in his or her locker during testing. Ignoring these directives can result in removal from the testing area. Please stress to your child the importance of this state-mandated test. As noted in a memo from the New Jersey Department of Education, “All New Jersey public high school students,regardless of grade level, who are enrolled in a Biology course or content equivalent, any time during the current school year, must take the NJBCT, regardless of prior testing exposure and experience.”

Anyone with questions about the test can contact Assistant Principal Susan Hammerstone at 908-638-6116 orshammerstone@nhvweb.net.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we want to thank you for your continued support.


Ronald Peterson