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.