High School Placement Test | Seton Catholic Preparatory

High School Placement Test


Saturday, January 11, 2020 
Make-up test is Saturday, January 25, 2020 (May delay results of acceptance decision)

8:30am to approximately 12:00pm. Registration opens on November 1, 2019.

Science Portion:  (Optional) is offered to those looking to take honors Biology. The optional Science Exam may be scheduled through the admissions office by emailing admissions@setoncatholic.org

*Practice High School Placement Test & Workshop (Optional & No Test Fee) Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:00 - 7:00pm. Those students who sign up to take the HSPT at Seton will automatically be registered for this workshop.


Early Registration Fee $30 (Sign up by December 13, 2019)

Regular Registraton Fee $50 - Click here to register

*The HSPT can only be taken once.
**If your student needs extra time for the HSPT, please email Lisa Sweador at LSweador@SetonCatholic.org. Documentation (such as an IEP, 504 Plan or Student Support Plan) will need to submitted a week prior to the test date.
Test results take 3 to 4 weeks to receive. Once Seton receives the scores, they will be mailed to your home address. 


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To best prepare for the test

  • Test fee - Registration opens in November. Payment will be made online through the registration process.
  • Be well rested and have a good breakfast the day of the test.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to exam time – the test begins promptly at 8:30am
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils.
  • Dress casually and comfortably. Bring a sweater/sweatshirt, as the rooms may be chilly.
  • Water and snacks will be provided (if your student has a food allergy, they are welcome to bring a snack.)

Please Note

**No calculators permitted.

All students who apply for admissions to Seton Catholic Prep (as well as any of the Catholic high schools) must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). It is important to note that each school utilizes this test differently, and it is incumbent upon the family to research and clearly understand each of the schools’ policies regarding the HSPT. At Seton Catholic Prep, the HSPT is used in two ways:

  1. It helps assess whether applicants possess the skills necessary for success within our academic program.
  2. It helps identify students who are capable of, and would benefit from, a more rigorous, honors level curriculum.

The HSPT provides a reliable, nationally normed, research-based indicator of a student’s ability and preparedness in Math, Science and English. While any individual test can never fully tell the whole story, when reviewed alongside other data points such as the Iowa Basics, AIMS and class performance, the results do provide a clearer picture of a student’s capacity for success in honors level classes.

By utilizing the HSPT results in conjunction with the application for admission, Seton Catholic Prep will offer students placement into honors level courses if the criteria for each discipline are met.

The HSPT is designed to verify that you have a solid 8th grade education. Test results may warrant that you attend summer school as a condition of admittance. A high score on the placement test does not guarantee your admission. Similarly, a low score does not guarantee that you won’t be accepted for admission.

Time allocations for each section are as follows:

Verbal Skills, 60 questions: 16 minutes
Quantitative, 52 questions: 30 minutes
Reading, 62 questions: 25 minutes
Mathematics, 64 questions: 45 minutes
Language, 60 questions: 25 minutes
English: Writing prompt, 25 minutes

The optional Science Exam may be scheduled through the admissions office. This exam is used to determine honor status for science.
Science, 40 questions: 25 minutes

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