High School Placement Test & Prep Course Information

High School Placement Test Prep Courses

St. Mary’s Preparatory

Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:00-7:00 pm for boys only or Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm for both boys and girls. The cost is $55.00 and includes book, practice exam and pizza dinner. Your registration fee is due within 7 days of signing your child up for the class. Payment guarantees your child a spot in the class. Checks Payable to St. Mary’s Prep. Only 15 girls spots available.



Detroit Catholic High School

Saturday, October 27, 2018 and/or November 10, 2018 from 8am-11am. The cost is $45.00 – cash or check the day of the class. The course will conclude with a scored practice test, and students will leave with a study book.



Brother Rice High School

Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:00am-11:30am – Prep Course $50.00 -The course is open to both boys and girls. It includes a copy of the 2018-2019 Study Guide.



St. Catherine’s Academy

Saturday, November 3, 2018 9am-12pm – Prep Course $50.00. As a supplement to the prep course, we suggest the workbook by Peterson’s: Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams 2019. Sold by Amazon.com for $18.95 and by other book stores.



High School Placement Test

The Scholastic Testing Service (STS) – High School Placement Test (HSPT) measures a student’s ability in cognitive and basic skill areas and can be administered in a relatively limited amount of time. Since the entire battery is standardized at the same time, with a population of entering high school students, the end results are directly comparable for all test areas and can be related to the level of the students at the time of entering high school.

Students should arrive at the testing center at 7:30 A.M. as the test starts promptly at 7:45 A.M. and will be completed by Noon. Students should bring with them two #2 sharpened pencils. Any student considering attending a Catholic High School should participate in taking the High School Placement Test as it is required for the admissions process.

The Scholastic High School Placement Test will be offered at all high schools on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Additional testing dates are being offered on December 1, 2018, February 2, 2019, and March 2, 2019. Check with your location of choice to confirm their additional testing dates. High school acceptance letters will be mailed out by January 25,2019.

Parents will receive a copy of their student’s HSPT results via mail or email. Only one delivery method is available, which you will designate during the registration process. Certain student accommodations may be available at specific testing sites. Students with an ISP or IEP requesting accommodations on the placement test must submit the required documentation to the high school test site. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information

High School Placement Test Breakdown

The test is broken down into the following categories:

Cognitive Abilities

60 questions assessing a variety of skills, including verbal analogy, verbal classification, logical reasoning, and the recognition and usage of synonyms and antonyms.

52 questions on number and letter series, picture analogy, and picture classification. (Quantitative Ability Score)

Basic Skills

62 questions testing major comprehension skills including: ability to remember important ideas and significant details, recognizing central thought or purpose, making logical inferences, and understanding vocabulary in context. (Reading Score)

64 questions evaluating computation, problem-solving skills, knowledge of important concepts, and ability to reason. (Mathematics Score) LANGUAGE 60 questions testing skills in grammar, spelling, syllabication, style, usage, and diction. (Language Score) SCIENCE 30 questions testing basic science knowledge learned through the 7th grade.