High School Placement Test (HSPT) Testing Tips

For many high schools, the High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a critical element of the application process.  So with the High School Placement Test in full swing now, here are some helpful tips to share with your students:

  • Read each question carefully and bubble in all answers on the answer sheet provided with a #2 pencil. Carefully erase any answer you wish to change.
  • Each of the 5 sections is timed so pace yourself. Test administrators should announce when time is halfway completed to let you know if you are working at a pacer to complete the section.
  • For each question, choose the best answer. If you are unsure of an answer, take your best guess. The number of items answered correctly determines your score. There is no penalty for incorrect answers.
  • Remember, calculators are not permitted in the Quantitative Skills & Math portions of the HSPT. Students may write in the test booklets or scratch paper should be provided to do your work.
  • If time remains, go back and check your answers.

Hopefully these tips will allow for a successful HSPT testing. Please note, STS does not offer any type of prep material for the High School Placement Test.

Any questions, call our office at 1.630.766.7150.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)

An Admissions Test for Those Entering High School

If you are looking for an admissions test for those entering high school, look no further. STS offers the High School Placement Test for eighth graders testing to determine student admission, placement and scholarship awards based on HSPT performance. The rigorous content of the HSPT helps prepare students for the demands of a high school curriculum.

In 2.5 hours testing time, the HSPT provides national normative measures in the following cognitive and basic skills areas: verbal and quantitative skills, reading, mathematics and language.

Cognitive skills quotients, standard scores, national and local percentiles as well as grade equivalents are standard features of the HSPT.

For more information on how your school can benefit by using the HSPT, visit out website at: https://ststesting.com/hsp/index.html

You may also call our office at 1.800.642.6787 to discuss your testing needs.

Early Childhood Screening and Kindergarten Readiness

AVAILABLE in the next few weeks is the new Preschool Progress Screening (PPS). The PPS was created as a quick and easy assessment of general education exposure, experiences and growth skills that should be present or progressing in 3-5 year olds. It was designed to report on developmental milestones, drive classroom instruction and to preliminarily identify children who may be in need of additional support or services. The PPS allows teachers to evaluate skills in three developmental areas: Language, Concepts and Motor Skills. The PPS total score will provide a developmental indicator of “OK” or “Recheck.”

Also available is the Kindergarten Readiness Test. The purpose of the KRT is to determine the extent to which each of the underlying competencies in reading, mathematics and language have been developed so that instruction can be modified to meet the needs of each student. The 8 subtests may be given in 45 minutes. Scores and skill ratings for each individual subtest are measured along with an overall readiness score and rating.

Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking

Creativity…can be nurtured….is available to all…can be measured …E Paul Torrance, PH. D

“Creative thinking abilities,” as used in the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Figural and Verbal Forms A and B, refers to that constellation of generalized mental abilities that is commonly presumed to be brought into play in creative achievements.

The highly reliable TTCT are the most widely used tests of their kind. These instruments are used for identification of the creatively gifted and as part of gifted matrices, effective in multicultural settings, and for special populations around the world.

Order now to assist with your assessment and identification needs.

For more information, call 630-766-7150 or email us at sts@ststesting.com.

Preschool Progress Screening Coming in August 2019

Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. is pleased to announce we will be introducing our Preschool Progress Screening (PPS) in August 2019. The PPS was created as a quick and easy assessment of general educational exposure and growth that should be present or progressing in 3-5 year olds. The PPS allows teachers to evaluate skills in three developmental areas: Language, Concepts and Motor Skills. Individual testing should take place twice a year so teachers and parents can see how the skills have developed between the two screenings.

If you wish to be sent a preview of the PPS when it becomes available in August, please email Amy Mahrenholz at amym@ststesting.com.

In the meantime, we still have the Kindergarten Readiness Test and the School Readiness Test.

The latest editions of the Kindergarten Readiness Test and the School Readiness Test will benefit educators by:

  • providing as much information as possible about each student’s abilities
    showing how underlying competencies have developed
  • assessing a student’s Overall Readiness Score as related to a national percentile and stanine
  • tracking individual and group results by providing a Class Record Sheet and Class Summary Report (on paper or digitally)

For more information on any of our products, call us today at 1.800.642.6787. We are here to answer any of your questions.

Looking for an Online Assessment in the areas of Language Arts, Math or Science?

Did you know that STS publishes an online assessment called the Learning Standards Assessment (LSA)?

The LSA is an online testing tool for grades 3-8 in the academic areas of Language Arts, Math, and Science. It allows for maximum flexibility by:


  • Offering group or individual administration
  • Pick which subtests to administer
  • Complete each subtest in 30 minutes or less
  • Receive normative and diagnostic student reports


To view a demo on administration of the LSA, go to www.ststesting.com.

Call us today at 1.800.642.6787 with any questions you may have and also to get current pricing.

Offer the Pre-HSPT in High Schools

Drive seventh grade students to your high school and get to know your admissions prospects earlier by offering the Pre-HSPT®. By offering the Pre-HSPT, students take the test under similar conditions as the High School Placement Test (HSPT®).

Some benefits to using the Pre-HSPT include:

  • Evaluating strengths and areas of improvement
  • Provide early feedback to identify performance gaps
  • Familiarize students with HSPT content and structure.

Scored with seventh grade norms, the Pre-HSPT offers the same standard scoring service as the HSPT: Alphabetical Lists, Rank-Order Lists, a Group Summary Statistical Report, a National Percentile Group Summary and Pressure-Sensitive Labels. Individual reports may also be ordered at an additional cost.

Understanding where they stand now can help students and their families plan for HSPT testing later.

Also check out the electronic services STS offers with the Pre-HSPT such as online registration and reports posted to the Online Report Center. Call STS at 1.800.642.6787 for pricing.