High School Placement Test


The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a five-part multiple choice test of verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics and language arts skills. The HSPT is utilized by St. Mary's Ryken, and most Archdiocese of Washington Catholic high schools, to evaluate candidates for admission. The HSPT is administered in the fall of a student's 8th grade year, and is a key component in determining academic scholarship winners and course placement for 9th grade. 

The Barron's COOP/HSPT/TACHS guide is recommended by Scholastic Testing Services, Inc.  Students should be encouraged to become familiar with the test sections and the kind of questions that they will be expected to address.  Parents and guardians seeking advice on HSPT preparation are encouraged to review guides available in local libraries and bookstores, and may contact Study Buddy, an online tutoring service for information on HSPT prep courses, at www.studybuddyhelp.org.  

New this year, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is offering an online HSPT preparation course. To learn more about this opportunity, please click the link below.

HSPT Tutoring Information

Students may take the HSPT only once, so it is important that they are well-rested, fed, and calm for the test.   


HSPT Testing Information


Testing dates for the Class of 2027: 

  • 8th graders attending ADW Catholic elementary schools will take the HSPT at school with their class on November 30, 2022.  
  • 8th graders attending public, non-Catholic private or home school will take the HSPT at St. Mary's Ryken on December 3, 2022. 


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