**How do I sign up to take the HSPT®?**

The HSPT® is ordered and administered by individual schools or dioceses. Contact the school where you’d like to take the test for details regarding their registration process.

**Can I take the HSPT® more than once?**

STS recommends that the HSPT® should only be taken once by each student. Under extenuating circumstances a school may decide to allow a student to retest. However, this should be dealt with by individual schools or dioceses on a case by case basis.

**Can I take the HSPT® more than once?**

STS recommends that the HSPT® should only be taken once by each student. Under extenuating circumstances a school may decide to allow a student to retest. However, this should be dealt with by individual schools or dioceses on a case by case basis.

**Is it possible to achieve a score of 100% in either SS or percentile?**

The percentile-rank scale ranges from 1 (low) to 99 (high). Percentiles compare your performance with other students within the same grade level. Your percentile rank indicates the percentage of students in the sample who had a lower score than you. A percentile rank of 50 is exactly average.

The standard score scale ranges from 200-800 with a score of 500 being exactly average. The standard score scale is an unchanging frame of reference which allows comparisons to be made from year to year.

**Do you have to be going to a certain grade to take the placement test ? If so what grade does the child have to be in and what grade does it stop?**

Yes, there are grade specific requirements for HSPT®. It is administered to 8th grade students by High Schools. There is also a Pre-HSPT® test that is given to 7th grade students, but again, the testing is hosted by high schools.

**In looking at the national and local percentile, is it possible to know how many students in the pool of national and how many in local?**

Over 100,000 students take the High School Placement Test (HSPT®) annually. The number of students that comprise the local population varies by diocese/archdiocese, a testing program’s specifications, etc. If you are interested in knowing how many students tested within a particular diocese, you may wish to contact them and see if this is something they would be willing to share with you.

**how do I get again my HSPT results?**In some cases, results are emailed or mailed to families. This will vary from school to school. If you are unsure if you should be receiving the results at your home, contact the admissions department at the school where you either tested at or applied to. Requests for duplicate test results can be made to our scoring center by one of the schools.

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**What is Cognitive Skills Quotient?**

The Cognitive Skills Quotient is a measure of a student’s learning potential. The CSQ functions as a predictive index of a student’s future academic performance. The following guide may be used to interpret your CSQ:

above 130 represents academic potential found in approximately upper 3% of school population

110 & above represents academic potential found in upper 25% of school population

100–109 represents academic potential found in second quarter of school population (50th–75th percentiles)

90–99 represents academic potential found in third quarter of school population (25th–49th percentiles)

89 & below represents academic potential found in lower 25% of school population

below 70 represents academic potential found in approximately lower 3% of school population

**Are calculators allowed?**

- The number of questions that you answered correctly is added up for each subtest. Points are not subtracted for incorrect answers. (There is no penalty for guessing.)
- Your raw scores (the number of correct answers) are then converted to standard scores and national percentile rankings for each subtest. Your national percentile tells what percentage of students had scores below yours in a national sample. National percentiles range from 1 (low) to 99 (high). A percentile rank of 50 is exactly average.
- Your composite scores (Total Cognitive Skills, Total Basic Skills, and Battery Composite scores) are computed in the same way. Your raw scores are added together from the subtests that make up each composite score and are then converted to standard scores and national percentiles. (See below for the parts that make up each composite score.) Composite scores are not the average of its part scores.

Total Basic Skills = Reading, Mathematics, & Language subtests

Composite = Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics, & Language subtestsHSPT® Sample Student Score Report

**for math sections?**

Not in general. Check with the school prior to testing day.

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