Helpful Parent’s Guide to the HSPT

The High School Placement Test (HSPT®) is in full swing right now with eighth graders testing to determine student admission, placement and scholarship awards based on HSPT performance. So as a parent, how can you help accommodate your child for a successful testing experience? STS offers the following ‘parent’s guide’ to help prepare your child for the HSPT.

First make sure the child gets a restful night sleep. Also make sure the child gets a healthy breakfast in the morning. This will help the child be more energetic and productive during the 2.5 hours of HSPTtesting administration.

Before you send in the child into the high school for the HSPT, remind them of the following:
1. Read the directions and each question carefully.
2. Pace yourself. Time limits are set for each subtest. The test administrator will        announce the halfway point of each subtest.
3. Answer every question. If you are unsure of an answer, take your best guess. There is no penalty for answering incorrectly.
4. Check your work. If time permits, go back and review your answers.

Now that the HSPT is complete, take your child out for an ice cream sundae. They deserve it!