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:
We have made the decision to conduct all of our classes online this year. We have found that the online class is just as effective and enjoyable as our in-person class.
Probably the main difference 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 from last year overwhelming preferred 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 4.5 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, which sometimes happens in the in-person classes.
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 daily hour of homework help where students can drop in to ask questions about that day’s homework. This is something we were not able to offer with in-person classes.
We offer an optional hour of “Homework Help” after each class, and students may drop in at any time. 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 during the homework help so they will be able to see other students during this optional afternoon meeting.