Distribution of HSPT® Scores

At this time of year, many 8th graders and their families are making final decisions about which high school they will attend for the following school year. If your prospective high school uses the HSPT® as a part of their admissions process, then making sure your HSPT® scores get where they need to be is a big concern.
While many assume that the HSPT® score distribution system is similar to college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, it is actually quite different. 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 location. 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 test day.
Whether your high school tests individually or cooperatively, the distribution of test results to students and their families is always determined by the school or diocese.
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.
STS congratulates all graduating 8th graders on the upcoming completion of their elementary education and wishes them the best of luck as they embark on the adventure of an enriching high school education at any one of the excellent high schools that utilize the HSPT® as a part of their admissions process.

33 thoughts on “Distribution of HSPT® Scores

    • ststesting says:

      The fastest way would be to check and see what test form is shown at the top of the page. “Form Y” represents Pre-HSPT. Check with your student as well. The Pre-HSPT is printed on the front of the test booklet. You can also inquire at the school where you child tested.

    • ststesting says:

      Mike:
      Many people ask the same question. There aren’t any study materials that STS publishes for HSPT®. Some high schools order a practice test that’s purpose is to get kids familiar with the coding and bubbling process. It’s not scored and doesn’t provide any feedback on ability. For students and families, more information is available on our parent’s resource page. Understanding STS’ High School Placement Test

    • ststesting says:

      Individual schools or dioceses decide which type of reports they would like to receive and what information they are going to share or distribute to students and their families. Schools have the option of ordering any reports they like.

  1. Colleen says:

    Is the HSPT that is given at the private catholic high schools the same test that is given at the Archdiocesan High Schools?

    • ststesting says:

      If the other test is titled High School Placement Test (HSPT®), then yes it is the same test. However, there are many editions of the HSPT® being used during a school year.

  2. James says:

    Can you please let me know if there are any potential future changes to HSPT that you are expecting for this upcoming year?

    • ststesting says:

      There is a new edition of the HSPT® published every year. The amount of questions, subtests and type of items does not change from year to year. Only the actual test questions are different.

  3. Sherri says:

    Could you please explain what is really being measured by the STS High School Placement test? – is this a test to measure aptitude and to provide a prediction of how well a student will perform in high school level classes or is this to measure whether they have mastered curriculum in their elementary and middle school.

    Also how is this type of test the same or different than ISTEP (which Indiana schools are held accountable for each year)?

    • ststesting says:

      The HSPT® does both. Questions are designed for 8th grade students entering 9th grade. The results show where your student ranks amongst peers in his local group and on a national group level. The type of reports you’ll see depends on what your testing school orders. You can look at your student’s Cognitive Skills Quotient to see how he ranks in regards to his future academic performance. You can see those rankings here on our HSPT® parent’s resource page. Select the Sample Reports, then Student Score Report link to learn more about the CSQ.
      The ISTEP measures student’s progress according to the Indiana Academic Standards.

  4. Peg M says:

    My son missed the testing date for the HSPT and I was wondering if it is being offered anywhere in San Francisco or the Bay area. Thanks

    • ststesting says:

      Some schools offer a make up test on either Saturday, January 11th or Saturday, January 25th. You should contact the schools in your area to see if they offer a make up date. Otherwise you may call our office to set up an individual testing date.

  5. Jennifer Kelly says:

    We never received my son’s scores but have received confirmation that they were sent to the appropriate high schools. It is my understanding that a copy was to be mailed to our house. Other students who took the exam the same day have received their copy well over a week ago. What is the next step so that we can get a copy of this test.
    Thank you

    • 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.

  6. Erin Heenan says:

    Does the HSPT allow for students who have a 504 education plan that allows them to take as much time as they need for testing?My son took the test today and he said that he did not have enough time to finish it. He is on a 504 ed plan and I stupidly had not thought to ask about this before. Please advise.

    • ststesting says:

      Thank you for your question. Yes, you’re correct that the information pertaining to the 504 education plan should have been presented up front to the school. Your best option now is to contact them and see if this information can be included with his admissions application.

  7. Nancy says:

    Can a student write in the test booklet while taking the HSPT or are they given some paper to do their work.

  8. ststesting says:

    Q: My son took the HSPT and it was suggested that he take it again because the scores did not match his classroom grades.
    In the meantime the second test results were sent to me from an alternate school. There are several different ways in which HSPT® results may be reported and not all are displayed on our website.

    A: The recommendation for taking the High School Placement Test (HSPT®) is up to the school personnel. Since the norms of the HSPT® may be more rigorous than other measures, it is possible for disparity between grades and scores. In regards to your question about reporting, since we are unaware of which reporting format was sent each of the two times your son took the test, we are unable to explain the differences.

    • ststesting says:

      Many high schools test independently, so the results for the students that test there are sent only to that location. 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. In addition, 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 schools answer sheets are in. When the scoring center has completed the scoring, results are then sent back to the school where the child tested and 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, many times results are not sent directly to their 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 always 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.

    • ststesting says:

      Any time you are unsure of your child’s test results, you should first talk to your child. Ask him/her if they did their best on the test; was your child comfort in answering the questions on the test; did your child have to guess at the answers, etc. If you are still unsure of the test and test results, contact the school then as well to see what assistance they may be able to give.

  9. julia says:

    I would like to know the meaning of the scores.My daughter national percentiles vb78, Qt 23, tcs 43 rd 50, mt 32 ln 34 tbs 40 and cmp 41

  10. Chris M says:

    re: HSPT Student Score Report

    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.

    • ststesting says:

      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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