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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. All Diocese of Arlington high schools use this test as a part of the admissions process as well as for course placement.
All 8th grade students in Diocese of Arlington elementary schools will take the HSPT in their classrooms in late 2020.
The HSPT is required for all 9th grade applicants, as well as 10th grade applicants currently studying in a homeschool program.
Please mark Saint John Paul the Great as your first choice (#77) on your registration form in order to guarantee that we receive your scores.
Please review the important information below regarding this essential part of the application file!
Testing Information for Fall 2020
John Paul will host two HSPT test dates following all social distancing protocol. If the HSPT is a required piece of your application and you are not a diocesan 8th grader, please save the date!
When are the test dates?
Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 8 - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 8 - 11:30 am
Snow Date: January 16, 2021 from 8 - 11:30 am
How much does it cost?
There is a $35 fee to take the HSPT. Please visit PaySimple to pay online in advance, or plan to mail a check with your registration form.
How do I register?
You may register through a paper form, or an online registration form.
To register, please either send the paper form by mail (Attn: HSPT) or email ( or sign up via the online form.  Your child will not be considered registered until payment is also received.
Does my child need to mark JP as first choice to be considered for a scholarship?
Yes! The code for John Paul is 77. This number will be provided on test day. 
Does my child need to bring anything to the test? 
Yes! Please bring two #2 pencils, a bottle of water, and a small snack (optional). Please make sure to bring a face mask.
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 will be collected at the start of the test and returned at the end.
Are testing accommodations made for students with IEPs? 
Yes! We are able to test students using accommodations in the same way that some JP students have accommodations at our school. Please send your active learning plans when you send your HSPT registration form to confirm that we can accommodate, and can plan proper staffing.