The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is raising the bar for high school students enrolled in seminary, adding tests and reading requirements to a program that previously just required attendance.

Church-run seminary classes are geared toward students ages 14 to 18 and overview the Mormon scriptures in 50-minute, daily sessions typically held at a home or LDS meetinghouse in the mornings before regular high school classes begin.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( teenagers will now have to take biannual tests and meet reading requirements in order to graduate from seminary.

Teenagers who don’t meet testing or reading requirements can still receive a certificate of recognition.

Church officials say the new rigor should better prepare teenagers for their missionary assignments.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,