Frequently Asked Questions
About the HSPT:
The HSPT, or High School Placement Test, is the entrance exam used by many Catholic high schools.
It is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 5 subtests: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Math and Language.
It is one of the criteria Catholic high schools use to determine student acceptance. Some schools use the results to award scholarships and determine placement into advanced classes.
Most Catholic high schools offer the HSPT in December or January of a student’s 8th grade year. In some areas of the East Coast the test is given as early as October.
You sign up your child for the HSPT through the Catholic high school’s online application process. If applying to more than one high school, we recommend taking the HSPT at the high school that is your child’s first choice.
Students may take the HSPT only once.
The HSPT is one of the most important criteria that Catholic high schools use to determine acceptance, especially for very competitive schools. It is similar to the importance of a strong SAT score for college acceptance.
Here are some other factors that high schools consider when determining acceptance:
- Religion of the student
- A student’s grades from middle school
- 7th and 8th grade standardized test scores
- Letters of recommendation
- Involvement in extra-curricular activities
- Middle school attended
- Application essay/personal statement
About our Online HSPT® Prep Classes:
Yes, all of our HSPT prep classes are online.
The online format works incredibly well for our class and is arguably more effective and enjoyable than in-person training. In fact, almost 90% of our students indicated that they preferred taking the class online.
On average, our students score in the 92nd percentile on the HSPT!
Over the first five classes, students will take a model test in each of the five sections of the HSPT®. Next, we teach students the problem-solving strategies and techniques they will need to know in order to be successful in each section. Then, over the second half of the course, we give them a second practice test in each of the five sections. In this way, students are able to see how they have improved in each area, which in turn builds their confidence going into the HSPT®.
One of the main differences is that we use the Zoom webinar format for our classes, so students are view-only attendees and do not have to be on camera for the class. Our students overwhelmingly prefer not being on camera. Students can interact with the instructors via a Q&A chat feature, and questions are answered live on the broadcast.
In addition, we have a defined curriculum supported by the HSPT student workbook that we mail to you. The structure of the class invites students to be active participants which keeps them engaged for the entire class.
Our students love the class and rate it 4.8 out of 5 stars.
One of the most important advantages is that there are no distractions for students. Because students cannot view or talk to other students during the webinar, they are not distracted by others in the class.
A second huge advantage is that all classes are recorded and made available for students to re-watch later. This is especially helpful if a student misses class and needs to make up the work or if they need to watch a lesson again to review it.
A third advantage is the optional “Kahoot” session which students can attend for additional practice.
On average, our students improve their overall score by 40 points.
The number of students varies from class to class; however, class size has little to no effect on a student’s ability to learn. We use the Zoom webinar format, so students are view-only attendees and cannot see or communicate with other students (but they can communicate with the teachers through the Q&A chat function). Therefore, students experience the class as a one-on-one interaction with the teachers.
A student may transfer their registration to another class without any fee. We offer a partial refund for cancellations made before the start of classes:
80% of the tuition amount will be refunded if a cancellation is made at least 15 days before the start of the class.
50% of the tuition amount will be refunded if a cancellation is made less than 15 days before the start of the class.
There is no refund for cancellations once the class has begun.