The HSPT – Why it matters and how to be successful

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a valuable tool for students seeking admission to Greater Baltimore’s most competitive high schools. This test helps schools assess each student’s academic abilities, ensuring a proper match between the student’s skills and the school’s curriculum.

To excel on the HSPT, preparation is key. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the test format, focusing on areas where you may need improvement. Practice regularly with sample questions and take timed practice tests to build your test-taking stamina.

Additionally, embrace a balanced study routine, get enough rest, and maintain a healthy diet. Seek guidance from teachers, tutors, or online resources if you struggle with specific subjects. Remember, the HSPT is a chance to shine academically, so stay positive and confident throughout your preparation journey. Your hard work will pay off, leading you to the right high school for your academic growth.

NDP’s 5-step study guide to help you prepare for the HSPT test effectively:
  1. Understand the Test Format: Start by familiarizing yourself with the HSPT’s format. The test typically covers five main areas: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language. Review the test structure, question types, and time limits to know what to expect.
  2. Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses: Take a diagnostic test or practice test to identify your strengths and areas that need improvement. This will help you tailor your study plan to focus on your weaknesses while reinforcing your strengths.
  3. Create a Study Schedule: Develop a study schedule that balances your study time across all sections of the test. Allocate more time to subjects or question types where you need improvement. Consistency is key, so stick to your schedule.
  4. Use Study Materials: Gather appropriate study materials, such as prep books, online resources, and practice tests. High-quality study materials are essential for effective preparation. Consider using official HSPT prep materials if available.
  5. Practice Regularly and Review: Practice is crucial. Work through practice questions and timed practice tests to simulate exam conditions. After each practice session, review your answers, identify mistakes, and understand the correct solutions. Keep a study journal to track your progress.

Bonus Tip: Seek help from teachers, tutors, or online resources when you encounter challenging concepts. Don’t forget to take breaks, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and get plenty of rest in the days leading up to the exam.

Remember, diligent and focused preparation is the key to success on the HSPT test. Good luck!

take the test at notre dame prep

Notre Dame Preparatory School will administer the HSPT Saturday, December 2nd on our Hampton Lane Campus. Register HERE to secure your place.

about Notre dame Preparatory school

Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Preparatory School is a Catholic, independent school for girls in grades 6 through 12. NDP is an inclusive community committed to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and the practice of justice.

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