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, we have made the decision to offer all of our HSPT prep classes online going forward. The online format works incredibly well for our class and is arguably more effective and enjoyable than in-person training. In fact, 87% of our students indicated that they preferred taking the class online.
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 also have the ability to ask questions anonymously. Both of these features make for a stress-free and comfortable learning environment for our students.
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.
We were delighted to discover that our students from last year rated the class 4.8 out of 5 stars. Some students even told us they wished the class would last longer!
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 “Office Hour” which students can attend to receive additional help.
We offer an optional “Office Hour” after each class. This enables us to give students individual attention. It is a great opportunity for students to ask additional questions and have homework problems explained. Students will have video and audio privileges during the office hour.
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 each other. Therefore, students experience the class as a one-on-one interaction with the three 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.