The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is an admission test given to eighth graders who are seeking entrance into specific Catholic high schools. Schools make admissions decisions, place applicants, and determine scholarship awards based on the exam results.
Registering for the HSPT
Students must register for the test directly with the schools to which they are applying. The exams take place at the schools themselves, not at a designated testing site. Students should confirm with target schools for specific registration procedures.
Students may take the exam at only one Catholic school in order to be considered for admission. In the event the HSPT is taken more than once by a student, the lower score is considered to be the final score.
|Section||Timing||Number of Quetions||Content Covered|
|Verbal Skills||16 minutes||60 multiple-choice questions||Synonyms and antonyms, analogies, logic-based questions, and verbal classifications.|
|Quantitative Skills||30 minutes||52 multiple-choice questions||Number series, geometric and non-geometric comparisons, and number manipulations.|
|Reading Comprehension||25 minutes||62 multiple-choice questions||Reading aptitude for humanities and short nonfiction and narrative passages, and vocabulary.|
|Mathematics||45 minutes||64 multiple-choice questions||Skills, comprehension, and knowledge of arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry.|
|Language Skills||25 minutes||60 multiple-choice questions||Capitalization, grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.|
Each section of the HSPT is reported as a scaled score from 200 to 800. The Scholastic Testing Service (STS) compiles correct answers to obtain a raw score, which it then converts to a scaled score, adjusting for small variations in difficulty among different test administrations.
Students should never leave an answer blank as there is no guessing penalty on the HSPT.