2016 High School Placement Test

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Are students allowed to take the HSPT more than once?
A:  No.  Students are permitted to take the HSPT only once.
 
Q:  Are students allowed to make-up a test?
A:  If your child is sick on the day of the test, talk with your child's 8th grade teacher or school principal right away about making arrangements for your child to make up the test during a Saturday administration of the HSPT.  The test will be administered on the first two Saturday's in December at area Catholic high schools. 

Q:  Are seventh grade students allowed to take the HSPT?
A: 
No.  Only students currently enrolled in eighth and ninth grade may take the HSPT.
 

Q:  What is the calculator policy for the HSPT?
A:  Calculators may not be used on the High School Placement Test unless approved as a testing accommodation.  Students who are permitted to use a calculator as an accommodation must provide their own basic, four function calculator.

Q:  Do all high schools accept the HSPT?
A:  11 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington require the HSPT as part of their admissions process.  There are 9 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington that have their own testing requirements for admission.   

Q:  What is a good score on the HSPT?
A:  Standard scores range from 200-800.  The average scaled score on the HSPT is 500.  The average score for the Cognitive Skills Quotient is 100.  Students in the Archdiocese of Washington have traditionally scored above the national average on the HSPT.

Q:  When are test scores released?
A:  Test scores are released to families in the third week of January, and are sent to the email address on the HSPT registration.  (Note: Be sure to set your email account to receive messages addressed from results@ststesting.com, and check both your inbox and spam folder for the test results.) High schools receive HSPT results 2-3 weeks after the test administration.

Q:   I understand that I can select up to three Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington to receive my HSPT scores.  Does that mean that I cannot apply to the other Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington?
A:  HSPT results will be sent to one, two, or three of the 11 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington that require the HSPT as part of their admissions process.  Students with their families may apply to as many of the 9 Catholic high schools that do not participate in the HSPT program as they would like.  For the 11 Catholic high schools that require the HSPT, a student's application is  incomplete and will not be considered for admission if the HSPT results are not included. Visit Applying to a Catholic High School on the ADW.org website for the complete schedule of placement testing and for information on each school's admissions criteria.

Q:  Can test results be sent to schools outside of the Archdiocese of Washington?
A: Official HSPT Score Reports will be mailed only to the 11 high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington that require the  HSPT as part of their admissions process.  The official HSPT Score Report may be mailed also to one high school in the Diocese of Arlington or the Archdiocese of Baltimore for an additional fee of $15. 

Q:  What should I do to help my child to prepare for the HSPT?
A:  Intensive review or cramming for the test is not recommended.  On-line tutoring is offered by Study Buddy.  Visit www.studybuddyhelp.org for more information.  Several resources and guides are available in libraries and local bookstores.  Students should be encouraged to become familiar with the test sections and the kind of questions that they will be expected to address.  Visit www.ststesting.com for details about the test.  Students may take the HSPT only once, so it is important that they are well-rested and calm for the test.  You can help your child by making sure that they get a good night's sleep the night before the test and that they eat a good breakfast on the day of the test.


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