HSPT® SCORE RESULTS’ DISTRIBUTION

With the beginning of a new year, many parents may be wondering about their child’s HSPT® results. While many assume that the HSPT® score distribution system is similar to college entrance exams, it is actually quite different because there is no national coding system for the HSPT®.

Many high schools test independently, so the results for the students that test there are sent only to that school. In some geographic regions, a cooperative of high schools test collectively, often under the direction of a Catholic diocesan education department. In these cases, students may be presented with the option of sending their scores to several different high schools by coding them on their answer sheet on that test day. These answer sheets need to be correctly coded to ensure that the results are sent to the appropriate school(s).

When testing in a cooperative program, the scoring of test results is often delayed until all of the program’s answer sheets are in. When the STS Scoring Center has completed the scoring, results are then sent back to the school where the child tested as well as to the school(s) the child coded. Whether the school tests individually or cooperatively, the act of distributing test results to students and their families are always determined by the school or diocese. Therefore,  results are often not sent directly to the student’s home.

If you have not yet received a copy of your test results and you believe you should have or if you need to have your scores sent to another high school, the first step is to contact the school where the child tested. Since the schools and dioceses determine their own score distribution system, we cannot send results to a student or parent.

50 Responses to HSPT® SCORE RESULTS’ DISTRIBUTION

  1. angelique Hunkin says:

    how can i get the test results myself and how long after do we receive the results.

    • ststesting says:

      How can I get a copy of my scores or send my scores to another school?

      Since individual schools and dioceses determine their own score distribution system, STS cannot send results directly to a student or parent.* Parents should contact the school and request a new copy of their child’s scores. If the school no longer has a copy of the scores then the school should contact STS directly.

      If you need to have your scores sent to another high school, the first step is to contact the school where the child tested. The school may either forward results directly or contact STS to do so. STS requires permission from the school to forward student scores; STS cannot forward scores solely based on a parent’s request.

      *There are some exceptions with cooperative programs that have contracted otherwise.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Based on history, approximately how many correct questions out of 298 would lead to a composite percentilr of 85%. I have heard in the past that was about 220/298. Is that in the ballpark?

  3. Naomi says:

    This past Saturday, we received the HSPT results in the mail from our school. The test was taken on Dec. 5, 2013. We were excited to see the envelope, but when opening it, the numbers might as well be written in shorthand. It’s not easy to tell whether the scores are good or not. After doing some online searching, I read that a score of 600 is considered “above average”.

    1) My child’s Composite (w/o option) score = 578; and Nat’l PCT-ST is 83-7. Is this this still considered “above average”? The range confuses this a bit.

    2) My child’s results do not list the CSQ results at all…?? How can I find this information out? (same for the Local PCT-ST…nothing there).

    • ststesting says:

      The two most common reports schools distribute to students and their families are the Student Score Report and the Performance Profile. These are additional reports available for schools to purchase and not part of the standard scoring service. Students will only receive one of these reports if ordered by the school.

      Please refer to our Sample Reports link on our HSPT – Parents’ site. You can get report details and explanations for both the Performance Profile and the Student Score Report. Both give CSQ scores.

  4. Pep says:

    My DD scores were 687 for Cognitive and 582 for basic and cog 132. Which score does the High Schools normally look at?

    • ststesting says:

      How Schools Use Your Scores
      For over fifty years, high schools nationwide have used STS’ High School Placement Test (HSPT®) to assist with admissions, scholarship selection, and curriculum placement.

      Each school evaluates your scores in its own way. Criteria determined by one school to assist with academic decisions may not be the same for another school.

      Questions?
      If you have questions about how individual schools use your HSPT® scores, please contact the school directly.

  5. How can I get the scores sent to a 4th school? The Archdiocese of Washington, DC only allows 3 choices online?

    • ststesting says:

      Since individual schools and dioceses determine their own score distribution system, STS cannot send results directly to a student or parent.* Parents should contact the school and request a new copy of their child’s scores. If the school no longer has a copy of the scores then the school should contact STS directly.

      If you need to have your scores sent to another high school, the first step is to contact the school where the child tested. The school may either forward results directly or contact STS to do so. STS requires permission from the school to forward student scores; STS cannot forward scores solely based on a parent’s request.

      *There are some exceptions with cooperative programs that have contracted otherwise.

      Please review our Parent’s resource for understanding the HSPT® for more detailed responses to frequently asked questions.

  6. mom31 says:

    we just received my sons scores csq-106, composite -497, local pct-38-4 and Nat’l pct49-5, would this be considered average?

    • ststesting says:

      A CSQ score of 106 is ranked in the second quarter of the school population. It is considered to be in the 50th to 75th percentile.
      A national percentile rank of 50 is considered average.
      You can learn more about what the scores mean at these web pages:
      Glossary

    • Susa says:

      How did you already get his scores? When did he take the test? My son took the test on November 14, 2013 and we still have no results.

      • ststesting says:

        If you have not yet received a copy of your test scores, and you believe you should have, or if you need to have your scores sent to another high school, the first step is always to contact the high school where you or your student tested. Because the schools and dioceses determine their own score distribution systems, we can never send results to a student unless the request is made by the school or diocese that administered the test to the student.

  7. Moonmoon says:

    Is a composite score (w/o option) of 722, good?

  8. Anonymous says:

    is a CSQ score of 110 average or above average?

    • ststesting says:

      Cognitive Skills Quotient
      The Cognitive Skills Quotient is a measure of a student’s learning potential. The CSQ functions as a predictive index of a student’s future academic performance. The following guide may be used to interpret your CSQ:

      above 130 represents academic potential found in approximately upper 3% of school population

      110 & above represents academic potential found in upper 25% of school population

      100–109 represents academic potential found in second quarter of school population (50th–75th percentiles)

      90–99 represents academic potential found in third quarter of school population (25th–49th percentiles)

      89 & below represents academic potential found in lower 25% of school population

      below 70 represents academic potential found in approximately lower 3% of school population

  9. Sarah says:

    I just received my test scores and I was wondering which score is more important, the Battery composite or the CSQ score. Thank you.

    • ststesting says:

      The scores on from the STS High School Placement Test (HSPT®) reflect ability and achievement. We usually consider the CSQ (Cognitive Skills Quotient) as a measure of what the student is able to do. The Basic Skills Composite Score is indicative of what the student is currently achieving in school skills, and the Battery Composite score is the score which indicates how well the student performed on the test, a composite of all five of the scores in the five areas tested. Many schools review and consider the Battery Composite as the most important score.

  10. Ana says:

    My child is applying to a private high school who accepts the hspt test scores. Where do i get the school code so they get it?

  11. Melissa says:

    My daughter took the eighth grade exam in seventh grade for practice. Are her scores assuming she is in eighth grade, therefore providing results based on eighth grade norms? Does that mean she perhaps did a little better than the results suggest. She has a composite score of 93.

    • ststesting says:

      We have a pre-HSPT® for administration to seventh grade students which provides scores based on seventh grade students. We also have the HSPT® for eight grade students which is typically administered to eighth grade students as an entrance examination, and the norms are based on eighth grade students. To answer this question then, if the HSPT® was administered to seventh grade students as a practice examination, and the test answer sheets were identified as from seventh grade students, the scores would be comparing those seventh grade students with other seventh grade students. If the answer sheets were sent in identified as eighth grade students, the scores would be based on eighth grade students. The test administrator would be able to answer how the answer sheets were identified. In either case, your daughter scored higher than 93 percent of the students in the norm group.

  12. victoria says:

    When will students receive there test results?

    • ststesting says:

      With the beginning of a new year, many parents may be wondering about their child’s HSPT® results. While many assume that the HSPT® score distribution system is similar to college entrance exams, it is actually quite different because there is no national coding system for the HSPT®.

      Many high schools test independently, so the results for the students that test there are sent only to that school. In some geographic regions, a cooperative of high schools test collectively, often under the direction of a Catholic diocesan education department. In these cases, students may be presented with the option of sending their scores to several different high schools by coding them on their answer sheet on that test day. These answer sheets need to be correctly coded to ensure that the results are sent to the appropriate school(s).

      When testing in a cooperative program, the scoring of test results is often delayed until all of the program’s answer sheets are in. When the STS Scoring Center has completed the scoring, results are then sent back to the school where the child tested as well as to the school(s) the child coded. Whether the school tests individually or cooperatively, the act of distributing test results to students and their families are always determined by the school or diocese. Therefore, results are often not sent directly to the student’s home.

      If you have not yet received a copy of your test results and you believe you should have or if you need to have your scores sent to another high school, the first step is to contact the school where the child tested. Since the schools and dioceses determine their own score distribution system, we cannot send results to a student or parent.

  13. Mary says:

    Our son’s composite Local Pct was a 96. His Nat’l Pct was 92. Why would the local be higher?

    • ststesting says:

      Percentiles are established on the basis of different populations of students.

      The STS HSPT® national percentile is based on a group of eighth grade students nearly all of whom will attend college after graduation. This group of students therefore does not include the 25% or so who do not complete high school and is more challenging than most tests which represent a general eighth grade population.

      The local percentile is based on the group of students who took the STS HSPT® at the same time in the same school as your son. He scored higher in the local group which may include students from a more general eighth grade population, rather than the specific college bound student group in the HSPT® national group.

      If you have further questions, please refer to our blog on the difference between HSPT® scores and those on other standardized tests.

  14. CMartin says:

    My daughter recieved a CSQ score of 105, on her HSPT, which is average,but she is currently in honors classes in middle school (and has been in SAS her whole acedemis life), will she still be in honors classes in high school or will she be in regular classes? Does the HSPT results play a big role in class placement? Is honors placement strictly based on HSPT results?

    • ststesting says:

      Thank you for your questions. In regards to your placement questions, the high school makes all the decisions regarding placement into classes based on their experience. The HSPT® is designed to assist in admissions decisions, assist with decisions about student placement in classes (regular or honors), help with remediation if needed, and for scholarship awards. Each school determines the use of the HSPT® results for those purposes.

  15. Mary K. says:

    Hi,
    We are a homeschooling family and were considering sending our girls to highschool. We had them take the HSPT but have now decided to wait one more year until we actually apply for highschool so am I understanding right that you won’t send me their results?
    Thanks for your help.

    • ststesting says:

      The STS High School Placement Test (HSPT®) is leased by high schools who then own the results.
      The distribution of the results following their scoring is determined by the policy of the school at which the test was taken.

  16. Kerry says:

    Can you tell me approximately how long it takes to receive the results of the test? Thanks

    • ststesting says:

      We can’t give an exact amount of time because some schools wait until all of their testing is done. You will need to check with the school where your student is applying to.

  17. Kate says:

    Are there different levels of this test? The tests my child took have different letters under the Form in the upper part of the scores.

  18. Teri says:

    My son took the hspt in Massachusetts, I am having trouble ununderstang the numbers, Is the composite the overall score? Is this the score schools look at? My son score very high in the basic skills area, will the schools take this into account along with his other scores. His composite score was an 86 but the basic skills was 91.

    Just wondering what the schools look at for scholorships

    • ststesting says:

      The STS High School Placement Test (HSPT®) has several scores, and the overall score is the Composite Score. There are other summary scores; the Total Cognitive Skills and Total Basic Skills. The Composite score is comprised of the total the five different subtests of the HSPT®.
      Schools set their own criteria for the way in which scholarships are awarded.

  19. Cheryl Penick says:

    My son is testing in one diocese (San Francisco), but he needs his scores sent to another (Oakland). Will the SF diocese share with the Oakland diocese? And will Oakland diocese accept results from the SF diocese?

    • ststesting says:

      The schools make the decision about sharing across boundaries. Contact the high school where the test will be taken to find out whether they will send the results to a school in another jurisdiction.
      Best of luck to your student with the HSPT®.

  20. Nancy says:

    So, how do I find out the codes for:

    Regina High School, Warren MI
    Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, MI
    Bishop Foley High School, Madison Hts. MI

  21. Nancy says:

    So, how do I find out the codes for the Catholic high schools in my area?

  22. Linda Myles says:

    My son has received his test scores from the HSPT what does the score at the very end mean Reading 9.1 Math 9.9 etc. does this mean this is the level he reading on. Secondly what does the CSQ score of 103 represent does this mean the child is an average student even if he his an honor roll student.

  23. Louise says:

    I receive my dauhter HSPT score results today. Her CSQ score is 100 and the operational range is 55-145. Her GE scores are as follows: Reading 8.6, math 7.8 and Language 7.8.
    Can you please explain to me what these scores mean?

    Thank you for all your help,
    Louise

  24. Jim O'Keefe says:

    Where do I find what code designates what high school? My daughter’s results show H.S. Choice 2255. Appreciate any feedback. Thanks

    • ststesting says:

      The code given and used either represent the school where the test is being
      taken or the school where the results are to be sent. To clarify which one
      the code 2255 represents, you should contact her school or the school where
      she took the test to have them inform you which schools are represented by
      which code numbers.

  25. ststesting says:

    A Parent Asks:

    What do the numbers mean under the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Choice section in the
    upper right section of this report?

    My son has 12, 01, and 04 respectively for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

    These numbers are not explained anywhere.

    STS Replies:

    The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices selected by a student are the schools they
    have chosen to receive their test results. The (code) numbers used for
    those choices (schools) are pre-assigned and entered into our scoring
    center’s system so the results can be sent to the appropriate schools.

    Since there are three numbers/choices, the test results were sent to 3
    schools.

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