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How Is the HSPT Scored?

The High School Placement Test, or HSPT, is an exam taken by eighth and ninth graders who are considering applying to a Catholic high school. Scoring well on the HSPT is your chance of getting into the school of your choice.

In this article, we'll explain how the HSPT is scored and what you can do to prepare for the test.

How the HSPT Is scored

The HSPT is used by high schools as part of the admissions process. It is also used to place students in the appropriate level of classes once they are enrolled.

The test is made up of five sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Math, and Language. Each section is worth a possible 100 points, for a total score of 500 points.

Scores from the Verbal and Quantitative sections are combined to create a composite score that ranges from 200 to 800 points. The Reading and Math sections are each worth up to 400 points, and the Language section is worth up to 200 points.

High schools use the composite score and the individual scores from each section to place students in the appropriate level of classes. But in some cases, a student may be placed in a higher level class based on their score in one particular section even if their composite score is not as high as other students.

Because the HSPT is an essential part of the admissions process for Catholic high schools, it's important to know a lot about the test before taking one.

The Different Sections of the HSPT

The HSPT is scored in a few different ways. The first section is the Verbal section, which tests your ability to read and comprehend passages. The second section is the Quantitative section, which tests your ability to do math problems. The third section is the Reading section, which tests your ability to read and understand passages and the fourth section is the Language section, which tests your ability to use proper grammar and punctuation. Finally, the fifth section is the Essay section, which tests your ability to write an essay.

How to Prepare for the HSPT

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is an important exam for students who are hoping to attend a private high school. So, in order to do your best on the test, it is important to be prepared.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the HSPT:

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before the test. You want to be well-rested so that you can do your best on the exam.

  2. Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test. A nutritious meal will help you focus and do your best on the HSPT.

  3. Review material from previous grade levels. The HSPT covers material from all previous grade levels, so it is important to review everything that you have learned up until this point.

  4. Take practice tests. There are many resources available online and books that offer practice tests for the HSPT. At Good Hope Tutoring, we offer an HSPT Prep Course that will help you get familiar with the format of the exam and the types of questions that will be asked.

  5. Relax and stay positive on test day!


The High School Placement Test, or HSPT, is a standardized test used to determine which high school a student will attend.

The test is scored on a scale of 200-800, with 800 being the highest possible score. A student's score on the HSPT can be used as a predictor of how well they will do in high school and beyond.

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