High School Placement Test

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WHO must take this test?

  • ALL freshman applicants, as well as rising sophomores transferring from a home school program.

WHEN is this exam offered?

  • HSPT Testing Dates:  Saturday, Dec 1st  OR Saturday, Jan 12th
  • Exam time: 8:30am – 12:00pm. Please arrive between 8:15am and 8:25am to sign in.
  • Parents are welcome to stay, enjoy coffee/treats and have all admissions questions answered by Mrs. Gildersleeve, Director of Enrollment Management.  Tours of our GREAT school are also available.

HOW do I register for the HSPT?


WHAT IF my 8th grade child currently attends a Catholic school in the Diocese of Arlington?

  • 8th grade students who attend Arlington Diocesan middle schools will take this exam at their school, usually at the end of November or beginning of December. The testing code for Saint John Paul the Great is 77.  

WHAT IF my child does not currently attend an Arlington Diocesan middle school?

  • All students who attend public schools, other private schools, or home schools may take the exam at Saint John Paul the Great or other diocesan high school.  Please be sure to mark Saint John Paul the Great (code #77) as the first choice.

Other Questions That You May Have:

1. Does my child need to mark Saint John Paul the Great as first choice on the test in order to be eligible for an academic scholarship? YES. The code for John Paul is 77. This number will be provided on test day. There are other requirements for scholarships as well. Please see the Scholarships page for more information.

2. Does my child need to bring anything to the test? YES. Please bring two #2 pencils. A bottle of water is also allowed. There will not be a snack break, so food is not permitted.

3. Are calculators or dictionaries allowed to be used during the test? NO. Support devices are not allowed, and students are asked to not bring these items or electronics that make noise (cell phones, watch with alarm, etc…).

4. Are testing accommodations made for students with IEP’s? YES. Limited accommodations can be made for children with documented learning needs. Arrangements must be made well in advance, including submission of a current IEP. The registration form details necessary steps.