High School Placement Test administration set for January 25

By Brian Diaz, Staff Writer

Verbum Dei High School will host this year’s High School Placement Test on January 25. For over fifty years, high schools nationwide have used the High School Placement Test, also known as the HSPT, to assist with admissions decisions, scholarship selection, and curriculum placement. The HSPT is a comprehensive test for eighth graders for their placement in the ninth grade.

A variety of middle schools will be represented, particularly, those located in South Central, Los Angeles.  Approximately 50 students will be testing.

“I remember taking the HSPT,” said Brighton Chipley, VDHS freshman. “My school had given us spare time to prepare in class. I remember entering the classroom and how nervous I was; nonetheless, I took a breath and blocked out all negativity and did exceptionally well to be considered for admissions to Verbum Dei.”

Many private Catholic middle schools take the HSPT into account and do their best to prepare their students.

“We recognize how important of a role the HSPT takes, so we do our best to prepare all of our 8th graders in order for them to get an understanding of how the test works,” said Brian Johnson, 8th grade teacher at St. Michael’s School. “We review practice questions in our class in order for our students to know what to expect when taking the exam and to know what strategies to use to tackle questions they are unfamiliar with.”

A second administration is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, from 8:00 to 12:00 P.M. in classrooms in the 100 Corridor of VDHS.  Approximately 50 students are expected to attend.

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