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Register Today# High School Placement Test (HSPT) FAQs

- What is the HSPT?
- Who creates the HSPT?
- When is the HSPT administered?
- When should I register for the HSPT?
- How do I register?
- How much does it cost to take the HSPT?
- How long does it take to get my scores back?
- How many times can I take the HSPT?
- What is a good score on the HSPT?
- What is the difference between ISEE and HSPT?
- Why is Testmasters the best choice for HSPT preparation?
- When should I start preparing for the HSPT?
- How much math do I need before I can start preparing for the HSPT?

### What is the HSPT?

The HSPT is a nationally-recognized private school entrance examination available to students as part of the private school application process. The exam covers the following subjects: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Language. The exam typically takes 3 hours to complete with breaks.

### Who creates the HSPT?

The HSPT is created by the Scholastic Testing Service (STS), Inc., headquartered in Bensenville, Illinois.

### When is the HSPT administered?

There is no national administration of the HSPT; check with the school to which you are applying to find out when they will be administering the test.

### When should I register for the HSPT?

Registration is handled by individual schools; check with the school to which you are applying to find out when you should register for the exam.

### How do I register?

Registration is handled by individual schools; check with the school to which you are applying to find out how to register for the exam.

### How much does it cost to take the HSPT?

The cost of the test is included in the school’s application fee; check with the school to which you are applying to find out what the fee is.

### How long does it take to get my scores back?

Check with your school to find out when they will have scores available for your student.

### How many times can I take the HSPT?

You may take the HSPT only once. According to the STS website, if you take the test more than once, your

**lower**score will be used.### What is a good score on the HSPT?

A score above 600 will generally be somewhere “above average,” which means above the 80th percentile. Each individual school defines what a desirable score is for each candidate.

### What is the difference between ISEE and HSPT?

Both the HSPT and the ISEE are nationally administered standardized tests that help private schools evaluate candidates. Below is a chart summarizing the differences:

HSPT

ISEE

**Length**approximately 3 hours

approximately 3 hours

**Sections**5 test sections

5 test sections

**Areas Tested**Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Language

Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Math Achievement, and Essay

**Verbal Skills (HSPT) / Verbal Reasoning (ISEE)**Synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, analogies, verbal logic

Vocabulary, sentence completion

**Quantitative Skills (HSPT)/Quantitative Reasoning (ISEE)**Number manipulation, Comparison questions (geometric/non-geometric), Patterns/sequences

**Topics covered:**Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry

Word problems, Number manipulation, Patterns/sequences

**Topics covered:**Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry

**Reading Comprehension**Reading comprehension passages, central meaning (vocabulary is tested as well)

Reading comprehension passages, central meaning (vocabulary not tested)

**Mathematics (HSPT)/Math Achievement (ISEE)**Problem solving, Mathematical concepts, arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry

Problem solving, Mathematical concepts, word problems, arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry

**Language**Grammar, Punctuation

*Not included***Essay***Not included*Last section

30 minutes

**Scoring**Each correct answer is worth one point; the raw score is converted to a score on a scale of 200-800 (like on the SAT).

Each section receives a stanine (scored out of 9)

### Why is Testmasters the best choice for HSPT preparation?

- Testmasters HSPT Courses offer an intensive program with 12 classes of 3 hours each over 4 – 5 weeks. Testmasters Courses offer unique and extremely effective strategies not taught anywhere else, by highly experienced, dynamic instructors.
- Students are given 6 Full-Length HSPT Exams (four are administered in class). The answers are run through our computer systems to analyze your strengths and weaknesses on the HSPT.
- Course materials include our Testmasters HSPT Manual with tricks and tips to do well on the HSPT.
- Tutoring help (in-person or on the phone) is available for students during and after their Testmasters course at a very competitive fee.
- Tens of thousands of Students have taken Testmasters Courses from all across the country.

### When should I start preparing for the HSPT?

Each private school will accept applications at different times; check with the school to which you are applying to find out when applications begin. Plan to prepare for the HSPT a couple months in advance so that there is plenty of time to practice!

### How much math do I need before I can start preparing for the HSPT?

The math on the HSPT covers topics from arithmetic and elementary algebra, to very basic geometry.