Placement Testing (HSPT)

Overview

Placement Testing
New Process for HSPT

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a standardized test used by all Catholic Schools. Historically this has been used as an assessment tool for course placement. HSPT will now take place after acceptance rather than as part of the admissions process.

The admissions process for the Class of 2025 will not include the usual administration of the High School Placement Test (HSPT). With so much lingering uncertainty and stress for students amid the shifting educational climate from COVID-19, we do not want to place an additional burden on our prospective students or their families about taking a test that could affect admissions decisions. We want to respect the varied experience of school that our prospective students are having this year—many are still doing distance learning. We do not want anyone to feel like an admissions test would unfairly punish students who have not been in a classroom since March, or measure students against standards from a different, more “normal” year.

With that understanding, we do place a high value on the information the HSPT provides. What we glean from the results helps us identify students in need of additional academic support, and also allows us to study trends and make comparisons about the incoming class as a whole. This year we intend to use the HSPT after the admissions process is complete and letters of acceptance have been sent home. Any new member of the Class of 2025 will take the HSPT in March. The results will then be used as always to help us plan for important individual supports. Jesuit administration and faculty are aware of the challenges this past year has presented to students and families, and will also use the results to inform work in the spring and summer to modify curriculum as needed to fill in any gaps that may exist to better meet the needs of our incoming class.