If you’re entering a private high school, you’ll probably be required to take the HSPT exam. And while taking the HSPT exam can be a daunting challenge, here are a few things you should know to help you ace the exam.
1.Create a Study Schedule
It’s never a good idea to wait until the last minute to start studying for an exam. To be properly prepared for an exam is to create a study schedule. Schedule time for each day to sit and study for the exam. Block out at least two or three hours a day to study. Doing this will not only allow you to retain the information better, but your brain won’t become exhausted.
2. Learn the Exam
Studying is a lot more than just studying the content of the exam. Studying for an exam is also taking time to look at the actual exam. Taking time to look over the actual exam will allow you to learn the details about the exam.
Here’s what you need to know about the HSPT:
• There are five sections on the HSPT.
• There are 298 multiple-choice questions on the exam with 3 or 4 answer choices.
• The HSPT is timed for 2.5 hours to complete.
3. HSPT Study Guide
A study guide is going to be your best friend when you’re preparing for the HSPT exam. Using a study guide to prepare for the exam will help you to brush up on key concepts such as capitalization and punctuation and even basic geometry. When choosing an HSPT study guide, it’s important that you use one that helps you get right to the point of the area you need to study.
4. There is No “Passing” Score
Unlike many exams, the HSPT exam does not have a “passing” score. While you will receive an actual score for the HSPT exam, each school has a different policy for weighing your score. It’s best to check with the school that you are applying to in order to see what the cut off average score is that they require.
5. Read the Questions Carefully
Sometimes you’ll get in a hurry and just skim through the questions on the exam, but try not to do this. Skimming the questions can only make you miss out on important details that you need to correctly answer the question. The questions on the HSPT require you to think quickly and accurately, so be sure you read each question carefully.
6. HSPT Flashcards
Flashcards are another great way to prepare for your exam. Using flashcards help you get right down to the details and the information that you need to remember. They help you to remember chunks of information for a longer period of time which helps to eliminate the need for cramming. Using flashcards will be very beneficial when you’re studying the synonyms and antonyms in the verbal section.
7. Manage Your Time
As with many exams, the HSPT exam is timed. However, the HSPT exam has 298 questions that are to be completed within 2.5 hours. This means that you have about 30 seconds to answer each question.
8. HSPT Practice Test
Taking a practice test can help you make sure that you understand the concepts that will be covered on the exam. You will also get a feel as to what the real exam will be like as well as figuring out which area of the exam you need more practice with. And because you need to learn to manage your time on the HSPT, taking a practice exam can help you do just that. When you’re ready to take a practice test, check out our HSPT Practice Exam.
9. Answer Every Question
If you’re not sure of the answer to the question, take your best guess, but be sure to answer each and every question. You won’t have points deducted if the answer is wrong, so even just guessing on a question could help you achieve a higher score on the exam.
10. Review Your Answers
Even though the HSPT is timed, if you find that you finished your exam before time is up, go back and check your answers. Going back and checking your answers will help you to see if you selected the wrong answer or accidentally chose the wrong answer on the answer sheet. Checking your answers will especially help in the mathematics section.
If you need more information about the HSPT exam, visit the STS website: http://www.ststesting.com/hsp/index.html