This registration page is for 8th grade students currently enrolled in a Archdiocese of Washington Catholic elementary or middle school that administers the High School Placement Test.
The High School Placement Test will be administered in-school on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Registration for in-school testing opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and closes on Friday, October 28, 2016.
High School selections may be made starting on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am. The High School Choice(s) window will close on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm.
STS first developed the HSPT in 1955. Since that time, STS has revised the HSPT annually in order to ensure its effectiveness for the schools using the test. The HSPT scores are one factor that 11 of the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington consider when reviewing students’ applications to their schools, though schools elsewhere also use this test to assist with educational diagnosis and awarding of scholarships. The Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Arlington both utilize the HSPT for admissions purposes, and the Archdiocese of Washington has worked closely to align materials and procedures with these dioceses. For more information about STS and the HSPT, please visit the STS website Getting to Know STS at www.ststesting.com.
While testing guides are available in bookstores and libraries, intensive content preparation is not advised, as the nature of the test does not lend itself to this kind of preparation. The Barron's COOP/HSPT/TACHS guide is recommended by Scholastic Testing Services, Inc. Students should be encouraged to become familiar with the test sections and the kind of questions that they will be expected to address. Parents and guardians seeking advice on HSPT preparation are encouraged to review guides available in local libraries and bookstores, and may contact Study Buddy, an online tutoring service for information on HSPT prep courses, at www.studybuddyhelp.org. Parents and guardians are encouraged to work with their children well in advance of the date of the test. Students may take the HSPT only once, so it is important that they are well-rested and calm for the test.
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