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The HSPT is a nationallyrecognized 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.
The HSPT is created by the Scholastic Testing Service (STS), Inc., headquartered in Bensenville, Illinois.
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.
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.
Registration is handled by individual schools; check with the school to which you are applying to find out how to register for the exam.
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.
Check with your school to find out when they will have scores available for your student.
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.
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.
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/nongeometric), Patterns/sequences 
Word problems, Number manipulation, Patterns/sequences 
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 
Scoring 
Each correct answer is worth one point; the raw score is converted to a score on a scale of 200800 (like on the SAT). 
Each section receives a stanine (scored out of 9) 
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!
The math on the HSPT covers topics from arithmetic and elementary algebra, to very basic geometry.