HSPT Quantitative Skills Practice Test

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the first battery test that was created to explicitly assist with the placement of students entering high school. The examination has been used since 1955 as a means to assess students’ competencies in cognitive and major skill areas. Specifically, it is administered by Scholastic Testing Services as an admissions examination designed for grade-level students pursuing entry into Catholic high schools. In efforts to produce results that are comparable and accurate for freshman-level high school students, the HSPT exam is standardized.
When students register for the exam, they should plan to take it at the high school they would prefer to attend, but they will also be given the option to send their scores to further schools, if desired. The exam is composed of five different multiple-choice test sections:

  1. Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Quantitative
  4. Reading
  5. Verbal
HSPT Study Guide
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HSPT Exam Testing Options

When students take any of the five HSPT test sections they will be taking the Open HSPT. This test format provides national normative measures for all of the skill areas the student is tested on. The only exceptions would be if the high school they are taking the test at is currently participating in a lease/score program. These high schools are provided with a seventh grade edition of the HSPT, referred to as the Pre-HSPT, or a secure test, the Closed HSPT.

HSPT Exam Formats

Upon request, the exam is available in the following specialized formats:

  • Audio
  • Braille
  • Large Print

HSPT Exam Scoring

The HSPT exam is scored as follows:

  • Per test section, one point is awarded for each correct response.
  • No points are deducted for incorrect responses in all test sections, so it is recommended to answer all questions even if you are not sure of the answer.

The student will receive multiple scores for the exam performance:

  • Raw Score: Total of correct responses in each of the test sections.
  • Scaled Score: Scholastic Testing Service, the organization responsible for the administration of the HSPT, will use different versions of the HSPT test to assess students. A scaled score will thus translate accordingly across all versions of the test with each raw score converted into a scaled score between 200 and 800.

Students’ Percentile Ranks

After scoring their exam, the student will be given their percentile ranks for each of the test sections (Language, Mathematics, Quantitative, Reading and Verbal). These will tell the student their standing as compared to national and local samples of students that took the exam. The percentile ranks are also followed by stanines, which are representative of the percentile rank in a score of one to nine. To score well, students should prep and practice for the HSPT by reviewing HSPT study guides and taking online practice tests to measure their skill level.

Explanation of Scores

Cognitive Skills: Includes the CSQ, Scaled Scores, Percentile Ranks and Stanines from the Verbal and Quantitative Skills test sections.

Basic Skills: Includes Scaled Scores, Percentile Ranks and Stanine from the Reading, Mathematics and Language Skills test sections.

Composite: A combined Scaled Score, Percentile Rank and Stanine based on the student’s performance in all five test sections.

Cognitive Skills Quotient (CSQ): The CSQ is scored on a range of 55 to 145 and is designed to be similar to an IQ score. It is based on age to reflect the student’s potential learning ability.

Grade Equivalent (GE): The GE reflects how a student performed in terms of grade level. For example, a GE of 9.5 would mean that the student scored as well as a ninth grade in the fifth month of the academic year.

HSPT Exam Reports

Rank-Order List Reports: Uses composite scores to rank students from high to low.

Pressure-Sensitive Labels: Shows the student’s CSQ, Standard Scores, National and Local Percentiles and GE for the Reading, Mathematics and Language section tests.

Group Summary Statistical Reports: Provides a summary of overall group performance for each section test, individually and jointly.

Alphabetical List Reports: Provides CSQs, Standard Scores, National and Local Percentiles and GEs for the Reading, Mathematics and Language section tests for students, organized alphabetically.

HSPT Quantitative Skills Test Section

On the Quantitative Skills test section of the High School Placement Test (HSPT) exam, the student will have 30 minutes to respond to 52 questions that encompass the following content areas and skills:

  • Geometric Comparison (9 Questions)
  • Non-Geometric Comparison (8 Questions)
  • Number Manipulation (17 Questions)
  • Number Series (18 Questions)

During the examination period, students will not be provided a calculator or scratch paper, but they may write on their test booklet. The content areas and skills assessed on the Quantitative Skills test section can be further clarified by the following explicative definitions:

  • For questions under the Number Series content area, students will need to determine the relationship between letters, numbers and symbols in a given sequence.
  • Students will compare geometric figures and shapes, or non-geometric numerical/mathematical expressions to determine the relationship between them for questions found under the Geometric and Non-Geometric Comparison content areas.
  • In the Number Manipulation content area, students will be asked to use multiple mathematical steps in order to solve for solutions to given problems.

Preparing for the HSPT Quantitative Skills Test Section

For preparation of the HSPT Quantitative Skills test section, the student should start by measuring their current skill level in all test sections by taking an HSPT practice test. Then, part of their HSPT test prep should include thorough exploration of a study guide and additional HSPT practice tests. These practice tests are available online through Mometrix.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: June 8, 2019