HSPT® Study Guide & Practice Test
Many private high schools in this country, especially Catholic ones, use the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as a means of screening and classifying incoming students. Since many of these schools accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and from many different schools with widely differing academic standards, it’s necessary to use some sort of standardized test to find out how far along their prospective students are in various subjects. The HSPT test has a good track record of being very reliable when it comes to measuring these things. It’s a multiple choice test, and will usually be taken at the private high school that requires it, and normally is given only once a year. You’ll want to inquire of the school for the exact date and time. The HSPT lasts about two and a half hours.
It’s important to know that test takers aren’t penalized for wrong answers, so it’s much better to guess than to leave a question blank. Scores on the HSPT range from 200 to 800. The minimum acceptable score is determined by the school itself. It’s possible to have scores sent to more than one school if you’re considering several. Because of the desirability of a private school education and the competitive nature of the admissions process, in many cities there are far more applicants for private high schools than there are available slots.