HSPT: Overview and Free Downloadable Printable PDF Practice Tests

Why do you need an HSPT Practice Test? Most high-performing, selective high schools require candidates to complete the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, or a Selective Enrollment Exam. To understand the difference between these assessments, consult “The Real Deal with High School Placement Exams.”

Basic HSPT Test Overview:

The Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test, or HSPT, is given to eighth-graders seeking admission to specific Catholic high schools. Schools use exam results to make admissions decisions, to place applicants, and to determine scholarship awards.

The standard HSPT lasts 2 hours 20 minutes and contains 298 multiple-choice questions divided into five sections—Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics, and Language Skills. The Scholastic Testing Service also provides a choice of one optional test in Mechanical Aptitude, Science, or Catholic Religion, but many schools do not administer these tests, and these test results are not included in the percentile ranking.

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5 HSPT Test Sections:


  • 16 minutes
  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • Synonyms, antonyms, analogies, logic, verbal classifications

See what to expect in the HSPT verbal section to learn about specific strategies.


  • 30 minutes
  • 52 multiple-choice questions
  • Series, geometric and non-geometric comparisons, and number manipulations

Reading Comprehension:

  • 25 minutes
  • 62 multiple-choice questions
  • Main idea, details, and vocabulary


  • 45 minutes
  • 64 multiple-choice questions
  • Arithmetic, algebra, and geometry

Language Skills:

  • 25 minutes
  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage, and composition

HSPT Test Scoring:

Each question answered correctly on the HSPT is worth one point. There is no penalty or deduction for incorrect answers.

Your raw score, or the total number of points you earn, is tallied and then converted to a scaled score ranging from 200 to 800.

The Scholastic Testing Service will also determine your percentile rank according to your scaled score. Percentile rank shows where you stand in relationship to other students and allows the schools to compare candidates more easily. There is no passing or failing score on the HSPT, although each school determines what a desirable score is for its candidates.

HSPT Test Registration:

The HSPT is administered at the school to which you want to apply on one specific Saturday in mid-January. Contact the school (in Chicago Loyola Academy or St. Ignatius College Prep) to find out where and when the test is offered. Schools will provide registration forms, a handbook of instructions, and an admission ticket to the exam. A registration fee is usually required although the actual fees vary by school.

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