The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is used throughout the United States as an admission exam primarily for Catholic high schools. Schools such as Brophy, Xavier, or Notre Dame Prep will require this test as part of the entrance application. Students may take the official version (referred to as the "Closed HSPT") only one time, in the eighth grade. Some schools use the results of that exam for admission. This test is very challenging and does require preparation.
Private Tutoring Recommendation: 24 hours.
The test is usually the 1st or 3rd Saturday of every January. You can take the test in one school and submit the results to more than one school.
The test has 298 questions which are numbered sequentially and should be answered
over a period of 2 hours and 21 minutes without the use of calculators. Below is a
breakdown and order of the questions by Subtest.
Sub‐test # of Questions Time
Verbal Skills 60 16 minutes
Quantitative Skills 52 30 minutes
Reading 62 25 minutes
Mathematics 64 45 minutes
Language 60 25 minutes
Our program has been developed around a 21‐hour tutoring program and two practice
tests: one at the start and one along the way. Tutoring hours will be split between the
English (verbal, reading, language) subjects and the Analytical (mathematical and
quantitative) ones. We will be using two instructors that specialize in either English or Analytical parts of the test.
All Vogel Prep instructors have at least a Master’s degree and are certified to tutor students in
the strategies and tactics of HSPT tests.