Your child may be getting ready to start their eighth grade year but you need to start planning for their high school years. It is hard to believe that you need to think that far into the future but it is necessary, especially if your student is considering one of the Valley’s Catholic schools, like Brophy, Xavier or Notre Dame. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the admissions process, which begins in January. A key component to admissions at any of the private Catholic high schools is the High School Placement Test, or HSPT.

The HSPT is administered to students seeking admission to private Catholic schools in January of their eighth grade year. The exam results are used in admissions decisions, class placement and scholarship awards. The next exam will be administered on January 11, 2014. Students take the test at the school to which they want to apply. It lasts for approximately two and a half hours and consists of 298 multiple-choice questions, divided into five sections—Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics, and Language Skills.

Practice is the key to performing well. As with any sport or musical instrument, the more you practice, the better you become. Your child can work towards performing their best on test day by participating in organized test preparation. Peak Academics is proud to offer two options for HSPT preparation: private tutoring or group classes. Both are led by our directors who have over 20 years of combined experience working with middle school students. Each option consists of 22 contact hours, including two practice exams. Sessions begin in late September and run through mid-December.

If you are interested in having your child work with Peak Academics to increase their potential on the HSPT, please contact us at info@peakacademics.org by August 26 to register or for more details.