Application Day - Placement Test

  • All students applying to St. Augustine High School are required to take the High School Placement Test. Students applying to high school for the 2020-2021 school year will take the placement test on January 11, 2020. 

    The High School Placement Test is a nationally-recognized private school entrance examination taken by students as part of the private school application process. The exam covers the following elements: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and Language. The exam typically takes 3 ½ hours to complete with breaks.

    Application Day Instructions
    On Application Day, enter St. Augustine High School from the school courtyard on George "Nick" Connor Drive. Report to the school dining hall where students will check in. 

    Arrival Time
    We ask parents to drop their sons off by 7:30 a.m. Parents may return to pick up students starting at 12:00 p.m.

    What to Bring 
    Applicants should bring with them their application fee or a copy of their receipt showing payment prior to the testing day.

    Attire

    Applicants are to wear a collared shirt, dress slacks, and dress shoes and their hair must be neatly groomed.

    Preparing for the HSPT®
    Testing can be a rather anxious, but also, exciting experience for students and their parents. We receive many questions from parents inquiring on how their child can prepare for the HSPT®. We offer the following tips to best prepare for a successful testing experience:

    • Listen to and read the directions for each subtest carefully.
    • Pace yourself – Time limits are set for each subtest. The test administrators should announce when time is halfway through so you can determine if you are working at a pace that will enable you to finish. Try not to spend too much time on one item.
    • Read each question carefully.
    • Work out the problem – Calculators are not permitted for the Mathematics subtest. You may use scratch paper, not your test booklet to do any figuring.
    • Answer every question – If you are unsure of an answer, take your best guess. Your score is determined by the number of items you answer correctly; there is no penalty for answering incorrectly.
    • Check your work – If there is time left, go back and review your answers. Check to make sure each item has only one response.
    • Throughout the test, continuously check that the answer you are marking on your answer sheet corresponds to the item number in the test booklet.

    Questions? Contact the office of admissions at Admissions@purpleknights.com