HSPT Test FAQs

The high school placement test (HSPT) will be administered on our campus Saturday, January 7, 2017.  Students should arrive at Donnelly Hall by 8:15 a.m. for testing, and pizza will be served following the test. The day will conclude at 12:30 p.m. If your daughter needs any special accommodations for the test, please contact the Office of Admissions prior to the test day.

Q: When and where will the High School Placement Test (HSPT) be given?
A: The next HSPT will be given on Saturday, January 7, 2017, on our campus. Check-in is in Donnelly Hall at 8:15 a.m. The test will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Q. What test does St. Teresa's Academy administer?
A. St. Teresa's Academy administers the High School Placement Test (HSPT) by Scholastic Testing Service, Inc.

Q. Is there a fee to take the HSPT?
A. Yes. The fee is $20. Please include the fee with your mailed Application for Admission or bring it with you the day of the test.

Q: Are calculators permitted on the HSPT?
A: No. One measure of this test is the student's ability to compute math and science problems without the use of a calculator.

Q. When should we receive the results of the placement test?
A. Test results are returned to St. Teresa's Academy. Those results along with our letters of decision will be mailed to students by February 1, 2017.

Q. Will high schools automatically share the results of the placement test with other Catholic high schools?
A. No, but if you would like your placement test scores forwarded to another Catholic school, you may contact the Office of Admission and request that we forward the scores to the appropriate school. We strongly recommend that you take the test at the school you are most likely to attend. Admission is offered first to those students who test at STA. Other students may be placed on a waiting list. Our scholarships for incoming freshmen are based on a student's performance on the HSPT and are awarded first to students who test at St. Teresa's Academy.

Q. How does St. Teresa's Academy use the results of the placement tests?
A. The results are primarily used to ensure proper placement in the 9th grade courses offered. Scores are also reviewed as part of the admission process to ensure a student's readiness for academic success at St. Teresa's Academy.

Q. Are there academic accommodations for the HSPT?
A. St. Teresa’s Academy is able to support students who need limited accommodations for success in a college preparatory high school environment. Extended time for test taking (time and a half) and preferential seating may be offered to students with diagnosed learning differences accompanied by a recommendation by a licensed or certified evaluator.

Requesting Accommodations:  Extended time may be offered to incoming freshmen for the HSPT (high school placement test). Documentation, as defined by the College Board and ACT (see below), needs to be submitted to the director of admissions prior to test date.

Necessary documentation should include:

  1. Copies of any psycho-educational evaluations conducted that include a diagnosis, the results of all administered cognitive ability and academic achievement tests, and a recommendation of extended time on tests. Testing should be current (within three years) and should include dates, specific test results and the credentials of the evaluating professional. A doctor’s letter or prescription is not sufficient documentation to receive extended time.
  2. IEP’s or 504 Educational Plans created at the grade school level. STA does not create or make determinations based on IEP’s or 504 Plans.