HSPT Test Prep

The High School Placement Test, or HSPT, is a high school entrance exam taken by students in grades 8 and 9, seeking admission to parochial high schools. The HSPT is a four-section, multiple-choice standardized exam.

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What is the HSPT?

The HSPT is a standardized, timed test required of every 8th grade student applying to attend a Catholic high school. It contains five sections. The first two sections measure verbal and quantitative ability. The next three sections include questions related to reading comprehension, mathematics, and the components of written language. The HSPT questions are designed to test students at their curriculum level.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the HSPT used in the admissions process?2020-05-27T21:51:43-07:00

The HSPT is an assessment tool used by the high schools for admissions, scholarship selection and course placement. Each high school has its own guidelines for evaluating applicants for admission, including performance on the HSPT. The Students should contact the admissions department of their schools of choice with any questions regarding the school’s admissions process.

Are there accommodations available for students with a service plan, IEP or a recent evaluation that specifically outlines the accommodations needed?2020-05-27T21:53:39-07:00

Yes, every testing site offers extended time to students with a documented need. Other accommodations vary according to the testing site. When a student registers for the HSPT, there will be a yes or no question asking whether a student needs extra accommodations. If indicated yes, the testing site will be in contact with you regarding how to best send documentation to them for review.

What is the difference between HSPT and ISEE?2020-05-27T21:54:03-07:00

Both the HSPT and the ISEE are nationally administered standardized tests that help private schools evaluate candidates. Below is a chart summarizing the differences:

Length approximately 3 hours approximately 3 hours
Sections 5 test sections 5 test sections
Areas Tested Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Language Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Math Achievement, and Essay
Verbal Skills (HSPT) / Verbal Reasoning (ISEE) Synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, analogies, verbal logic Vocabulary, sentence completion
Quantitative Skills (HSPT)/Quantitative Reasoning (ISEE) Number manipulation, Comparison questions (geometric/non-geometric), Patterns/sequences

Topics covered: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry
Word problems, Number manipulation, Patterns/sequences

Topics covered: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry
Reading Comprehension Reading comprehension passages, central meaning (vocabulary is tested as well) Reading comprehension passages, central meaning (vocabulary not tested)
Mathematics (HSPT)/Math Achievement (ISEE) Problem solving, Mathematical concepts, arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry Problem solving, Mathematical concepts, word problems, arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry
Language Grammar, Punctuation Not included
Essay Not included Last section 30 minutes
Score Each correct answer is worth one point; the raw score is converted to a score on a scale of 200-800 (like on the SAT). Each section receives a stanine (scored out of 9)

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