Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is an exciting time for everyone at St. Augustine High School as we prepare to welcome prospective Purple Knights to campus for Application Day, also known as High School Placement Testing day. The High School Placement Test is a mandatory test that is a required step in the admissions process. We, along with other private and Catholic schools across the Greater New Orleans Area, are hosting the placement test for St. Augustine applicants this Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Please find below important details and instructions for Saturday’s test. We look forward to partnering with you for your son’s academic success!
Placement Test Information
All students applying to St. Augustine High School are required to take the High School Placement Test. Students applying to high school for the 2021-2022 school year will take the placement test on January 9, 2021.
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. Additionally, students will be granted 30 minutes to complete a brief writing sample.
- 7:00 a.m. arrival: If your son will bring the $30 application fee on Saturday.
- 7:30 a.m. arrival: If you have already paid the $30 application fee.
- Enter the St. Augustine campus via the school courtyard on George "Nick" Connor Drive.
- Applicants should report to the school dining hall for check-in.
- The required application fee is $30.
- Methods of payment: Cash or money order.
What to Bring
- $30 Application fee or a copy of the receipt showing prior payment.
- Two sharpened number 2 pencils.
- Bottle of water. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, our water fountains are off-limits.
- Jacket or sweater, some classrooms are chilly.
Applicants should wear a collared shirt, dress slacks, socks, and dress shoes. Hair must be neatly groomed.
Placement Testing Amid COVID-19
The health and safety of St. Augustine faculty, staff, visitors, prospective, and current students is its highest priority and the shared responsibility of the entire school community. St. Augustine has made changes to its physical environment to help our community feel protected in accordance with safety measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our testing day safety guidelines and protocols for the COVID-19 Pandemic are listed below.
- All prospective students, faculty, and staff entering the campus will undergo temperature screening.
- All students, visitors, faculty, and staff must wear masks while on campus. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth.
- The school will decrease the density of each testing space and alter traffic patterns with the goal of maintaining at least six feet of space between testing students.
- Signage supporting social distancing requirements is marked throughout the campus: One-way directional signage, including floor markers to direct foot traffic where maintaining social distancing is difficult.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available in each classroom and throughout the campus.
- All classrooms will be provided sanitizing wipes or sanitizing spray to allow students to ensure that their desk space is clean.
- Access to common areas will remain limited on testing day.
- Water fountains are off-limits.
- Augustine High School follows best practices when cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, restrooms, campus common areas, and high touch areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of our prospective Purple Knights on Saturday! In the meantime, contact me directly if you have any questions or need additional information at 504-944-2424.