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High School Placement Test

The HSPT is a national, standardized test used to help determine placement in high school course work.

WHO must take this test?
ALL freshman applicants, as well as rising sophomores transferring from a home school program.
Note: All Diocesan feeder schools host the HSPT within the 8th-grade classrooms.
Please be sure to mark Saint John Paul the Great (code #77) as the first choice.
WHEN is this exam offered?
The HSPT is offered on several scheduled days at John Paul. The scheduled days for 2020 have passed.  If needed, additional dates will be announced in the spring.
HOW do I register for the HSPT?
Please use the links on the right to register for the HSPT and to pay online.
WHAT IF my 8th-grade child currently attends a Catholic school in the Diocese of Arlington?
All 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.
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 the 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. 

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 be a short snack break if the student would like to bring a small snack.

3. Are calculators or dictionaries allowed to be used during the test? NO. Support devices that make noise (cell phones, watch with alarm, etc…) are not allowed unless SAP/IEP requires (documentation must be provided). Students may have their cellphones but they must be turned off and put away.

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 current documentation. The registration form details the necessary steps.