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The high school your child attends can make a world of difference in the experience they have during this important period of their life. A top high school brings with it challenging and diverse courses, competitive and fulfilling extracurricular activities, and a supportive network of caring teachers who truly have each student's best interests at heart. All of these factors work together to adequately prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead in college and their future careers. The first step to gaining admittance to top high schools across the country is taking the high school entrance exam.

One such high school entrance exam that many students will take is the High School Placement Test (HSPT). In order to best prepare students of all abilities for this exam, parents choose Huntington Learning Center for the high quality HSPT test prep program they know will result in higher scores.

What is the High School Placement Test (HSPT)?

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is an exam taken by 8th grade students seeking admission to parochial high schools.

The exam is comprised of multiple choice questions, split across five sections. The sections include Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language. In order to better measure students' academic achievement, the HSPT does not focus on memorized information such as definitions or facts.

Optional tests in Science or Religion are also available.

Performing well on the HSPT is incredibly important, as it not only plays a role in determining which high school your child will attend, it also helps determine the class levels he or she will be placed into once admitted. Higher level classes on your child's academic transcript can make a difference later on in his or her high school career when he or she begins the college application process, hoping to stand out among the sea of applicants. With the support of a knowledgeable tutor from Huntington Learning Center, students entering high school will learn the skills and strategies necessary to ace the exam through the use of a comprehensive high school placement test prep program structured specifically around the format of the HSPT.

The Huntington Approach to HSPT Tutoring

At Huntington, it is our goal to ensure that every student who takes the HSPT is confident in his or her ability to perform well.

We begin the tutoring process by first administering a full-length HSPT practice test, the results of which are critical to helping us develop an individualized and targeted HSPT prep program that accounts for the unique learning style, strengths, and weaknesses of each student.

The HSPT prep course your student completes will be customized to properly address the sections of the HSPT they need to prepare for the most. We understand that the strategies fit for the Verbal Skills section, for example, are not necessarily the same as those required for the Mathematics section. We work with students to build knowledge and comfort with the material they're likely to encounter across subject matters. Further, we will equip them with useful time management and organizational skills they will undoubtedly use beyond exam day.

As your child receives unmatched high school placement test practice under the guidance of a tutor, you as the parent are kept fully informed of his or her progress every step of the way. In addition, we meet with your student's teachers for additional insight into his or her academic performance and study habits to help design the HSPT test prep plan.


The process of taking the High School Placement Test does not have to be stressful. With hundreds of test prep and tutoring locations across the country, Huntington Learning Center takes the stress out of preparing for this high school entrance exam in a supportive and fun environment. We are committed to helping every student unleash his or her full potential, and not only achieve but exceed his or her academic goals. Contact us today to discuss the HSPT prep options available for your child and set him or her on the path towards the high school of his or her dreams.

Call 1-800-CAN-LEARN today to speak with one of our academic specialists and get your child started on test prep for high school entrance exams.

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To get a snapshot of your child’s current skill level, we will first conduct a comprehensive academic evaluation.

Pinpoint Strengths
And Weaknesses

Pinpoint Strengths
And Weaknesses

Our evaluation will reveal your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses and where we should concentrate when tailoring their tutoring plan.

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Tutoring Plan

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Tutoring Plan

Based on the academic evaluation results, we will develop a personalized learning plan targeted to meet your student’s unique needs.


Common Questions
About the HSPT

Section Number of Questions Time Limit (minutes)
Verbal Skills
  • 60
  • 16
Quantitative Skills
  • 52
  • 30
  • 62
  • 25
  • 64
  • 45
  • 60
  • 25

The HSPT is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in length.

The HSPT is administered twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. HSPT test dates, locations, and registration information are handled through individual schools. You can find more information by visiting http://www.ststesting.com/hp_1.html.

The HSPT may be taken twice. However, the test-maker, STS, records if a student takes the test twice. The lower of the two scores is accepted.

Each HSPT multiple-choice question presents four or five answer choices. For each HSPT multiple-choice question that the student answers correctly, the student receives one point. There is no penalty for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Student speed in completing each HSPT section is not considered in scoring. Correct, incorrect, and omitted answers are tallied for each test section to produce a raw score. The total number of questions answered correctly is the raw score.

Raw scores are then converted into scaled scores using a formula used to compensate for any differences in difficulty from test to test. The HSPT scaled scores range from 200 to 800. The scales come from specific tables produced by the test maker. Once scores are converted to scaled scores, they can be compared with the scores of students of the same grade level across the country. Scaled score performance is then rated as partially proficient, proficient, and advanced proficient, measured by percentiles ranging from 1 to 99.

HSPT Score Reports are released to the schools, educational consultants, and education organizations that the student selects on the registration form. Scores remain active for one academic year. The scores required for admissions vary by school. Contact the schools directly for admissions information.

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