High School Placement Test


The next HSPT is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 12, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. The test will be administered in person at Seton Catholic Preparatory. Register here. Applicants who apply and take the HSPT at SCP are given priority consideration for admission, scholarship, and tuition assistance.
*Note: Please make sure you submit an application before taking the test to be added to our wait list. As spots open up we offer admissions in the order we receive applications.



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 (essay), 25 minutes


Science Portion:  (Optional) 40 questions, 25 minutes. For those who would like to be considered for honors Biology. The test will be given the same day you take the HSPT.  (If your student is taking the HSPT at another location and would like to take the Science portion, click here to register)



Test results take up to 4 weeks to receive. Students will receive a copy of their scores in their admission packet.




Seton Catholic Prep campus. You will receive an email with 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. (Science portion: 25 additional minutes)
  • 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.
    • Masks are encouraged, but not required.
  • Due to Covid-19, water and snacks will not be provided. Students will need to bring their own.



Seton Catholic provides extended test time for students with documentation (IEP/504 Plan/Support Plan). Documentation must be uploaded within your students online application. Any issues with uploading the document, please email it to [email protected]



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.