High School Placement Test

All Archdiocesan testing dates for 2021-2022 school year have passed.  If your child needs to take the HSPT, please reach out to your first choice Catholic high school.  Our next round of testing dates will take place in December 2022.

Register here for the High School Placement Test!


What is the HSPT?

The HSPT is a standardized, timed test required of every 8th grader applying to attend a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It contains five sections that measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, mathematics, and components of written language. The questions are designed to test students at their curriculum level.

How is this test used in the high school admissions process?

This assessment tool is used by high schools for admissions, scholarship selection, and course placement. Each high school has its own guidelines for evaluating applicants for admission, including performance on the HSPT. Students should contact the admissions department at their schools of choice with questions regarding the admissions process.

How do the HSPT and Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) differ?

Every 8th grader who applies to a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore must take the HSPT, while the ISEE is used for admission into independent, non-Catholic schools. Both are admissions assessment tools that test similar abilities and skills, but the HSPT compares each student’s correct score to a national norm (a large group of students of similar age across the U.S.), while the ISEE compares responses to a smaller population of students.

Are accommodations available for students with a service plan, IEP, or a recent evaluation?

Yes, every testing site offers extended time to students with a documented need. Other accommodations vary according to the testing site. When registering for the HSPT, there will be a yes or no question asking whether a student needs accommodations. If indicated yes, upload documentation into the registration portal.  All documentation should date no earlier than the 5th grade year, and must be submitted by November 19, 2021.

My child is a native Spanish speaker.  Can he or she take the test in Spanish?

This year, the HSPT will be offered in Spanish to our native Spanish speakers at The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Mercy High School, Mount Saint Joseph, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and St. Mary’s High School.  There is an opportunity to indicate if your child needs to test in Spanish on the HSPT registration page

When and where is the HSPT administered?