Test Overview

The standard HSPT lasts approximately two and a half hours and contains 298 multiple-choice questions divided into five sections—Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematic, and Language Skills. The Scholastic Testing Service also provides a choice of one optional test in Mechanical Aptitude, Science, or Catholic Religion, but many schools do not administer these tests, and these test results are not included in the percentile ranking.

Verbal

Time: 16 minutes
Format: 60 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Synonyms and antonyms, analogies, logic, and verbal classifications

Quantitative

Time: 30 minutes
Format: 52 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Series, geometric and non-geometric comparisons, and number manipulations

Reading

Time: 25 minutes
Format: 62 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Ability to understand central meanings and details of reading passages

Mathematics

Time: 45 minutes
Format: 64 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Mathematical concepts and problem solving, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and basic geometry

Language Skills

Time: 25 minutes
Format: 60 multiple-choice questions
Topics Tested: Capitalization and punctuation, spelling, usage, and composition


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