High School Placement Test (HSPT) FAQ

  • 1.HSPT
    High School Proficiency Test Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can I use a study guide from another Catholic School Entrance Exam ?

    NO - if you are taking the HSPT, get the HSPT one.  Many of the questions are unique to this exam.

  • Who administers the HSPT?

    The HSPT is administered by the Scholastic Testing Service or STS in Bensenville, Illinois.

  • Where do I register for the HSPT?

    All registration is through your school.  There is no central or national registration.

  • Can I re-take the HSPT?

    Yes you can re-take the HSPT but your LOWEST score will be used.

  • What are the Math components on the HSPT?

    The Math section covers arithmetic, basic algebra, word problems, math concepts (greater than, less than etc.)  and basic geometry.  See our Math Workbook

  • When should I take the SSAT, ISEE or HSPT?

    Generally you should look at what schools you want to attend a least a year in advance and contact their admissions policies.

  • How many questions in all are on the HSPT?

    There are 280 questions total that must be answered in 2 1/2 hours  - Here is the breakdown:

    Reading - 62 questions - 25 minutes
    Includes: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

    Mathematics - 64 questions - 45 minutes
    Includes: Word Problems, math concepts and geometry problems

    Language - 60 questions - 25 minutes.
    Includes: Capitalization, grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure.

    Verbal Skills - 60 questions - 16 minutes
    Includes: Analogies, logic, antonyms,synonyms, and verbal classification.

    Quantitative Skills - 52 questions - 30 minutes
    Includes: geometric and non-geometric comparison, Number Manipulation and Number Series.

  • How much does it cost to apply for the HSPT?

    Contact the school of choice for information regarding application fees.

  • I seem to have misplaced my daughters score report. How do I get a replacement copy?

    Replacement scores can be requested from the school where the exam was taken. If the school no longer has a copy of the scores, then parents can contact STS.

  • What is the score you need to pass in math and language arts?

    Scholastic Testing Services does not release a passing score by subject. Here is what they say about scoring, which is pretty general. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly and points are not deducted for wrong answers. So the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can, even if you have to guess.

    The scores are converted to a standard score on a scale from 200 - 800

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