PLACEMENT TEST FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
DECEMBER 4, 2021 OR JANUARY 8, 2022
St. James Academy administers the HSPT (High School Placement Test) in order to determine the proper placement of incoming freshman to St. James. The HSPT provides measures in the major skill areas of Reading, Mathematics, Language, and Science, as well as verbal and quantitative cognitive skills. Since the test is standardized at the same time with a national population of entering high school students, the end results are directly comparable on a national level as well as a local level for all test areas.
All incoming freshmen are expected to take the placement test at the high school where they’re most likely to enroll. Students may qualify for awards based on test achievement. If your high school choice is not yet determined at test time, that’s okay; register with a testing location and the high schools will share results later.
PLACEMENT TEST DETAILS AND FAQ
The cost of the test $15.
Applicants will take their placement test on one of the following dates:
- December 4, 2021
- January 8, 2022
Students take the HSPT only once.
The HSPT will be administered in the academic classrooms of St. James Academy.
Students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. The test will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. Parents are invited to attend a question-and-answer session from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. located in the Main Building – Student Commons.
What to bring?
Please bring two sharpened #2 pencils, a small healthy snack and/or a bottled water. Students will not be allowed to use calculators on the Math portion of the test.
Any student who requires accommodations for the HSPT must have a formal written plan listing accommodations/adjustments for standardized testing. Parents requesting accommodations for their child for the HSPT should submit their formal plan, Catholic School Student Support Plan in compliance with 504 laws for private schools (CSSSP), IEP or 504 for review at least two weeks prior to the HSPT. Any approved accommodations will be communicated to the parents prior to the test date.
A copy of all paperwork must be submitted by parents/guardians to: Jessica Rolston at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLACEMENT TEST AWARDS
Archbishop Award winners are recognized for scoring in the top percentile of the testers at St. James. They receive $1500 their freshman year and $1000 each year thereafter, so long as they’re students in good standing. This group is recommended for several, if not all, Pre-AP curriculum their freshman year.
President Award winners are recognized for being the second percentile of testers. They receive $1000 their freshman year, and $500 each year thereafter so long as they’re students in good standing. Most of these students will be recommended for Pre-AP courses their freshman year.
Principal Award winners are recognized for being in the third percentile of our testing group. They receive $500 their freshman year, and $250 each year thereafter so long as they’re students in good standing. They will likely be recommended for Pre-AP courses their freshman year.
Thunder Award winners are recognized for being in the fourth percentile of our testing group. They receive $250 their freshman year and will likely be recommended for Pre-AP courses their freshman year.
SPANISH AND LATIN PLACEMENT TEST
TEST DATES: APRIL 4 OR 5
An additional placement test is required for students wishing to be placed in Honors Spanish II or Honors Latin II. This test is different from the general placement test given in December and January.
Test will be given at St. James and students may attend either date. Registration is required.
St. James Academy offers several scholarships for incoming freshman, to reward their accomplishments in academics as well as in their faith life and community involvement.