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What is Tested on the HSPT®

The HSPT®, or High School Placement Test®, is a 298-question, multiple-choice exam consisting of 5 separate subtests:


  1. Verbal (60 problems/18 minutes)
  2. Quantitative (52 Problems/30 minutes)
    Break – 5 minutes (time may vary)
  3. Reading (62 Problems/25 minutes)
  4. Mathematics (64 Problems/45 minutes)
    Break – 2 to 5 minutes (time may vary)
  5. Language (60 Problems/25 minutes)

Here are the main problem types found on each subtest:


Verbal – 5 Problem Types


Analogy (approx. 10 problems):
Microphone is to amplify as telescope is to ______.
a) space
b) magnify
c) stars
d) clarify


Logic (approx. 12 problems):
Sam is older than Tim but younger than Margaret. Vivian is older than Margaret but younger than Xavier.  Tim is the youngest one in the group. If the first two statements are true, the third is ______.
a) true
b) false
c) uncertain


Classification (approx. 17 problems):
Which word does not belong with the others?
a) freedom
b) independence
c) liberty
d) justice


Synonym (approx. 12 problems):
Repugnant most nearly means ______.
a) vicarious
b) pleasing
c) chubby
d) disgusting


Antonym (approx. 9 problems):
Sullen means the opposite of ______.
a) downtrodden
b) alive
c) cheerful
d) resentful


Quantitative – 3 Problem Types


Sequence (approx. 22 problems):
What number should come next in this series:   82, 62, 46, 34, 26…
a) 22
b) 16
c) 20
d) 4


Reasoning (approx. 11 problems):
What number added to 11 is 4 times the product of 6 and 2?
a) 21
b) 18
c) 59
d) 37


Comparison (approx. 19 problems):
Review (A), (B), and (C) and choose the best answer.

(A) 2/3 of 9
(B) 20% of 15
(c) 10% of 30

a) (A), (B), and (C) are equal
b) (A) > (B) and (B) < (C)
c) (B) and (C) are equal
d) (B) > (A)


Reading – 2 Problem Types


Comprehension (40 problems):
What would be a good title for this passage?
a) “Deserts of the World”
b) “The Hottest Place on Earth”
c) “The Deadliest Place on Earth”
d) “The Great Mojave Desert”


Vocabulary (22 problems):
Choose the word that means the same or nearly the same as the underlined word.

the clandestine meeting
a) important
b) secret
c) short
d) boring


Mathematics – 5 Problem Types


Numbers & Numeration (approx. 32 problems):
Jimmy bought a guitar that cost $298 plus a 7.5% sales tax. How much sales tax did Jimmy pay?
a) $22.35
b) $275.65
c) $320.35
d) $20.75


Measurements (approx. 6 problems):
How many fluid ounces are there in 3 cups?
a) 48 fluid ounces
b) 24 fluid ounces
c) 12 fluid ounces
d) 36 fluid ounces


Geometry (approx. 11 problems):
What is the area of a triangle with a base of 10 cm and a height of 47 cm?
a) 235 cm2
b) 57 cm2
c) 470 cm2
d) 5 cm2


Algebra (approx. 9 problems):
Solve for x:   3x – 2 > 16
a) 5
b) 6
c) 7
d) 4


Statistics & Probability (approx. 6 problems):
There are 5 blue marbles, 3 green marbles, and 7 yellow marbles in a jar. Without looking, what is the probability of reaching into the jar and picking a green marble?
a) 3/12
b) 3/7
c) 3/10
d) 1/5


Language – 3 Problem Types


Grammar (40 problems):
Look for errors in capitalization, punctuation, or usage. Mark the answer choice that contains the error.
a) Mike played a good game.
b) My brother bought tickets for my dad and I.
c) Laura sang loudly into the microphone.
d) No mistakes.


Spelling (10 problems):
Look only for spelling errors. If there is no misspelling, mark (d) on your answer sheet.
a) I recieved the package yesterday.
b) The business was extremely lucrative.
c) The riddle was hard to decipher.
d) No mistakes.


Composition (10 problems):


Which of the following sentences most clearly expresses the intended idea?
a) Nature, while hiking the Appalachian Trail, was experienced by the hikers as safe and comfortable.
b) Hiking the Appalachian Trail, nature was experienced by the hikers as safe and comfortable.
c) The Appalachian Trail and nature was experienced by the hikers as safe and comfortable.
d) Hiking the Appalachian Trail, the hikers experienced nature as safe and comfortable.


All model problems shown above are taken from our HSPT® Diagnostic Assessment. This full-length model HSPT® exam is a great tool to see how prepared your child is for the HSPT® and to know exactly which areas your child will want to work in before taking his or her actual exam.


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