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High School Placement Test


The next HSPT is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. The test will be administered in person at Seton Catholic. 
2022-2023 School year - The HSPT is scheduled for Saturday, January 8 at 8:30am. Registration opens in November.



Registration Fee is $50

  • Payment will be made online through the registration process.


This is a three and a half hour test. Time allocations are as follows:

Verbal Skills, 60 questions: 18 minutes
Quantitative, 52 questions: 30 minutes
Reading, 62 questions: 25 minutes
Mathematics, 64 questions: 45 minutes
Language, 60 questions: 25 minutes
English: Writing portion, 25 minutes


Science Portion:  (Optional) 40 questions: 25 minutes is offered to those looking to take honors Biology. This portion is scheduled through the admissions office by emailing The test will be given the same day you take the HSPT with us. This test cannot be administered by itself on a separate day.


**If your student needs extra time for the HSPT, please email Lisa Sweador at Documentation (such as an IEP, 504 Plan or Student Support Plan) will need to submitted a week prior to the test date.


Test results take up to 4 weeks to receive. Once Seton receives the scores, they will be mailed to the home address.




Seton Catholic Prep campus. We'll email exact location/classroom once you are registered.


  • Be well rested and have a good breakfast the day of the test.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to exam time – the test begins promptly at your designated start time and will end around three and half hours later. 30 additional minutes if taking the Science portion.
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils.
  • No calculators permitted. The HSPT can only be taken once.
  • Dress casually and comfortably. Bring a sweater/sweatshirt, as the rooms may be chilly.
    • Mask will be required while on campus and during the test.
  • Due to Covid-19, water and snacks will not be provided. Students will need to bring their own.



Seton Catholic does provide test accommodations for students with documentation (Support Plans, IEP's etc..). When signing up for the HSPT, please select the 8am start time for the test. We will then email you a form to give your school to provide us with the documentation needed. For more information you may contact our director of the ARC program Jen Kohl at



All students who apply for admissions to Seton Catholic Prep (as well as any of the Catholic high schools) must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). It is important to note that each school utilizes this test differently, and it is incumbent upon the family to research and clearly understand each of the schools’ policies regarding the HSPT. At Seton Catholic Prep, the HSPT is used in two ways:

  1. It helps assess whether applicants possess the skills necessary for success within our academic program.
  2. It helps identify students who are capable of, and would benefit from, a more rigorous, honors level curriculum.

The HSPT provides a reliable, nationally normed, research-based indicator of a student’s ability and preparedness in Math, Science and English. While any individual test can never fully tell the whole story, when reviewed alongside other data points such as the Iowa Basics, AIMS and class performance, the results do provide a clearer picture of a student’s capacity for success in honors level classes.

By utilizing the HSPT results in conjunction with the application for admission, Seton Catholic Prep will offer students placement into honors level courses if the criteria for each discipline are met.

The HSPT is designed to verify that you have a solid 8th grade education. Test results may warrant that you attend summer school as a condition of admittance. A high score on the placement test does not guarantee your admission. Similarly, a low score does not guarantee that you won’t be accepted for admission.