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: 18-24 hours.
When Is the Test?
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 the order in which the Sub-test questions will appear.
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
HSPT TEST PREP AT VOGEL PREP
Our small group program has been developed around a 18‐hours of tutoring and includes two practice tests: one before 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.
Small Group Class for HSPT 2019 (3-6 students)
HSPT test for 2019 has been scheduled for January 12th or January 26th. Make ups might be available at some locations on the 26th.
- An initial assessment should be taken before the start of the program.
- The HSPT class consists of 6 Saturdays of classes from 1 to 4pm, for a total of 18 hours in class. In addition, there is one Saturday devoted to an actual-conditions practice HSPT test, but no class on that day.
- There is no class on Nov 24, the Thanksgiving Saturday.
- The first class begins on November 3, and the last class is on December 15.
- An additional practice test might be available during the Christmas Holiday on either 12/26 or 1/4 - call the office to make an appointment.
SSAT Private School Entrance Exam
The SSAT is offered many times and at many locations throughout the year. Most students take the test in November, December, or January. It can be taken many times, and families can elect which scores are sent to prospective schools.
The SSAT is administered by the Secondary School Admission Test Board. It has a Middle Level, previously called the Lower Level, for fifth through seventh grade students (applying for admission to grades six through eight), and an Upper Level for eighth through eleventh grade students. The SSAT Board recently introduced an Elementary Level, for third and fourth grade students (applying for admission to grades four and five).
Private Tutoring Recommendation: 24 hours.
ISEE Test Preparation
Students may register to take the ISEE up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle, once in any or all of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April–July).
Admission officers may implement the ISEE seasonal testing policy in a way that best fits the requirements of their individual offices. For example, some schools may ask a family to submit all score reports for an admission season; others may ask that only one score report be submitted. This decision is completely up to each individual admission office. Families should review and abide by the application guidelines set by each ERB member school to which they are applying.
Vogel Prep Test Prep Program for ISEE has been developed around a 18‐hours of tutoring and includes two practice tests: one before the start and one along the way. Tutoring hours will be split between the English (verbal, reading) 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 ISEE tests.
Based on the target grade that students are applying, they should prepare to take Lower, Middle or Upper Level of the ISEE. Higher levels require a longer and more complex test as per list below.
- ISEE Upper Level (Grades 9-12) ~ 160 minutes (plus breaks)
- ISEE Middle Level (Grades 7-8) ~ 160 minutes (plus breaks)
- ISEE Lower Level (Grades 5-6) ~ 120 minutes (plus breaks)
Students may take the test more than once!
The ISEE Format for Elementary Levels varies by grade but takes about 50-60 minutes, plus time for the Essay.
Students may register to take the ISEE one time in any or all of three testing seasons. The ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but we do offer students and families that option.