We started with students hurdled in a French classroom with a TV and lots of French words and pictures from France. The room was in a trailer, away from the main building. It faced the large field.
The students knew why they were there. They were there not to learn French but for an after school HSPT class. The students were seventh graders and even a sixth grader.
For over fifty years, academic high schools nationwide have used High School Placement Test (HSPT®) to assist with admissions, scholarship selection, and curriculum placement. The HSPT is a standardized, timed test required of every 8th grade student applying to attend a Catholic high school. It contains five sections. The first two sections measure verbal and quantitative ability. The next three sections include questions related to reading comprehension, mathematics, and the components of written language. The HSPT questions are designed to test students at their curriculum level.
Hillview Prep was invited by Carden Academy to teach HSPT to a select group of students. Carden Academy of Almaden is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent private elementary and middle school.
Catholic schools have been using the HSPT as part of the admissions process for more than 50 years, and the test has not changed in years. HSPT has stood the test of time and can be quite a challenging test.
1. The First Real Test
If your child hasn’t taken a standardized test before, this will be the first time he will sit for a long test. The HSPT evaluates five categories, namely: language, reading, and mathematics proficiency lasting over two and a half hours.
Not just a summer camp, but a summer opportunity.
Summer is a time for us to improve ourselves, whether it be athletically, socially, or academically. One way to best understand what we want to improve is by asking ourselves what we want from the year ahead. Are we looking to make the varsity team? Are we applying to high school or college? Are we developing an interest of ours? Do we want to serve our community?
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.
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