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All students applying for admission into the freshman class of 2023 are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). This standardized exam provides an assessment of students’ math, verbal, reading, language and science knowledge.
For your convenience, you may choose to take your test on one of two HSPT dates on the St. Teresa's Academy campus. The HSPT will be administered on December 8, 2018 and January 12, 2019. All students should arrive at the Windmoor Center (Chapel) by 8:00 a.m.
Walk-in test takers are welcome. Walk-in students should bring a $20 testing fee. If your daughter needs any special accommodations for the test, please contact the Office of Admissions prior to the test day.
Testing will be followed by a complimentary pizza lunch, and the day will end at 12:30 p.m.
- Simply select “Yes” on the High School Placement Test portion of the STA New Student Application Form. Click here to apply.
HSPT Test FAQs
Q. What do I need to bring to the placement test?
A. Students do not need to bring anything on test day -- #2 pencils are provided.
Q. Are calculators permitted?
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. Is there a fee to take the HSPT?
A. The testing fee is covered by your $20 application fee (for those who have completed the New Student Application Form).
Q. When will we receive the results of the 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, 2019.
Q. What test does St. Teresa’s Academy administer?
A. St. Teresa’s Academy administers the HSPT by Scholastic Testing Service, Inc.
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. In addition, if you did not take the HSPT at St. Teresa's, but would like to apply, please request that your testing school forward your HSPT results to St. Teresa's Academy. 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.
Q. How does St. Teresa’s Academy use the results of the placement test?
A. The results are primarily used to ensure proper placement in the 9th grade courses offered. Scores are reviewed as part of the admission process to ensure a student’s readiness for academic success at STA. In addition, St. Teresa's Academy scholarships for incoming freshmen are based on a student’s performance on the HSPT.
Q. Are there academic accommodations for the HSPT?
A. STA 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: Documentation, as defined by the College Board and ACT (see below), needs to be submitted to the director of admissions prior to the test date.
Necessary documentation should include:
- 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.
- 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.
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