What Is the HSPT?
The High School Placement Test, referred to as the HSPT, is a standardized test for students who will be starting their freshman year at a private high school. Students' math skills, verbal skills, reading skills, language skills, and quantitative skills are tested. The test was developed by Scholastic Testing Service and is administered at the private schools that use it for admissions decisions.
What Can I Expect on Test Day?
The HSPT lasts around three hours when you factor in scheduled breaks. Your student should bring two Number 2 pencils and leave calculators at home (unless he/she has received special permission to use one) along with cell phones and other electronic devices.
If you paid for the test online, make sure you bring your registration receipt on the testing day. You will otherwise need to bring the appropriate form of payment, such as a personal check or cash.
What Are Some Good Test-Taking Tips?
The Scholastic Testing Service offers the following testing tips for the HSPT to help your student prepare:
- Pay attention to all the testing directions.
- Read the questions thoroughly, but do not spend too much time on one question. Select the best choice and try to answer as many questions as you can. Students' scores are calculated based on the correct number of questions answered; there is no deduction for incorrect ones.
- Ensure that you are selecting the answer for the right test question on your answer sheet.
- Review your answers when you are finished with the test if time permits.
How Can My Student Prepare for the HSPT?
If you'd like to supplement your student's education and sharpen his or her skills in certain areas, a sampling of available resources is outlined below to help you select the right one for your student.
Scholastic Testing Service Pre-HSPT
Check with your child's school to see if it offers this HSPT option. The Scholastic Testing Service allows schools to rent testing and scoring materials. The Pre-HSPT is given to seventh grade students.
Test Preparation Books
Your local bookstore may offer HSPT preparation books. In addition, some online retailers have test preparation resources available for purchase. Options may include practice test questions and study guides.
Tutoring and Test Prep Workshops
If your student prefers personalized instruction, you can check your area for a private tutor that offers HSPT preparation. Some tutoring services have students take practice exams to illustrate which areas they need to focus on and then create individualized preparation plans designed to help improve their scores.
Additionally, some schools requiring HSPT scores for admission offer test prep courses and workshops to help students build their skills in each of the five areas tested by the exam. Enrollment is open to 8th graders and instruction is delivered by a school's teachers or tutors.
If your student prefers online preparation, he or she might benefit from the resources offered by Study.com. The available resources include a study guide and a correlating practice exam, both of which allow students to prep for the test at their own pace from their laptop or cell phone.