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Placement Test


Seattle Prep uses the High School Placement Test (HSPT) results as one piece of a holistic review of each 9th grade application. The test results alone are not a primary determiner of acceptance. We strongly discourage families from paying for preparation courses or hiring tutors. Prep will offer the HSPT on Saturday December 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Ignatius Hall. Applicants may take the exam at other sites, however Seattle Prep requires students to write an essay when they sit for the HSPT at Prep. Students who take the HSPT elsewhere should check with that site to see if an essay is offered and if that essay can be sent to Prep.

All testing must take place before January 8, and it is strongly recommended that students test before the end of December to ensure that results will arrive at Prep before the application deadline. The online HSPT preregistration deadline for testing at Prep is December 2. The online HSPT preregistration with accommodations deadline at Prep is November 12.


HSPT Registration Directions

HSPT Testing

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9AM @ Seattle Prep (Ignatius Hall)

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1PM @ Seattle Prep (Ignatius Hall)

Questions about the HSPT, email Sheree Fisher.

Need to apply for a fee waiver? Email Sheree Fisher explaining your circumstances BEFORE beginning the preregistration process. Note: Waivers are limited. Therefore only 8th graders applying to Prep for 2020-21 will be considered.

To preregister for and apply to take the HSPT and pay the non-refundable $40 fee, click HERE. (Deadline is December 2.)

To preregister for the HSPT with accommodations by November 12, please see “Testing with Accommodations” below.

HSPT Registration Directions for testing with accomodations

For students who require testing accommodations on the HSPT, you must provide “disability verification documentation.” The disability verification documentation must show evidence of a learning difference and the need for testing accommodations, e.g., IEP, 504 Plan, or other formal written assessment by a qualified practitioner. The online preregistration deadline to take the HSPT with accommodations at Seattle Prep was November 12. 

Note: HSPT testing with Accommodations registration is now closed. Standard testing registration remains open until December 2nd.

For questions about the HSPT with accommodations, please email Natalie Wong. If you need to apply for a fee waiver, email Sheree Fisher explaining your circumstances BEFORE beginning the preregistration process.

 

TESTING DAY INSTRUCTIONS

Please review the following information in order to ensure a successful test-taking experience.

  • Please arrive at St. Ignatius Hall at 8:30 AM (Saturday) or 12:30 PM (Sunday) for check-in.
  • Please bring the following:
    • a couple of sharpened #2 pencils
    • email registration confirmation receipt and a student ID
    • a blue or black ink pen
  • Students must know their current home address and zip code. (Address is on registration confirmation receipt.)
    • HSPT will send results to the address completed by the student on the demographic section of the answer sheet on the day of the test.
  • The test is about 4 hours, and we recommend returning 4 hours after the test starts to pick up a student. Parents are invited to wait in the Commons which is located at the entrance level of McDonnell Hall. Waiting in the Commons area keeps the testing area quite so that students can concentrate. It also helps keep students from being distracted from parents waiting outside the testing windows.

Click here for driving directions to Prep.

Parking Directions: Please Read

We are very respectful of the people who live in our neighborhood. We must be sensitive to them when parking, which means we require our Prep community and guests to first attempt to park in the garage. If there is no space available in the garage, then please look for legal parking spaces in the neighborhood. Parking at Seattle Prep can take some time. Please allow enough time to park and arrive at the testing room without feeling rushed.

The following directions will make parking in the garage most effective when so many will be arriving at the same time for the test.

  1. We will have parking attendants in the garage to help you navigate your way. If you intend to stay for the test, please proceed to the bottom level first. This speeds up traffic for those students who will be dropped off. Parking on the upper level first slows traffic.
  2. For those dropping off students for the test, please use the garage for drop off.
  3. We love carpools. Please feel welcome to form a carpool on the testing day if possible.

ACCOMMODATIONS TESTING DAY INSTRUCTIONS

Please review the following information in order to ensure a successful test-taking experience.

  • Please arrive at McKay Library in Adelphia Memorial Hall on the north end of campus at 8:30 AM (Saturday) or 10:30 AM (Sunday) for check-in. Do not wait in line for registration at St. Ignatius Hall.
  • Please bring the following:
    • a couple of sharpened #2 pencils
    • email registration confirmation receipt and a student ID
    • a blue or black ink pen
  • Students must know their current home address and zip code. (Address is on registration confirmation email receipt.)
    • HSPT will send results to the address completed by the student on the demographic section of the answer sheet on the day of the test.
  • Please arrive by 2:30 PM (Saturday) or 4:30 PM (Sunday) to pick up your student.

Click here for driving directions to Prep.

Parking Directions: Please Read

We are very respectful of the people who live in our neighborhood. We must be sensitive to them when parking, which means we require our Prep community and guests to first attempt to park in the garage. If there is no space available in the garage, then please look for legal parking spaces in the neighborhood. Parking at Seattle Prep can take some time. Please allow enough time to park and arrive at the testing room without feeling rushed.

The following directions will make parking in the garage most effective when so many will be arriving at the same time for the test.

  1. We will have parking attendants in the garage to help you navigate your way. If you intend to stay for the test, please proceed to the bottom level first. This speeds up traffic for those students who will be dropped off. Parking on the upper level first slows traffic.
  2. For those dropping off students for the test, please use the garage for drop off.
  3. We love carpools. Please feel welcome to form a carpool on the testing day if possible.