HSPT® Practice Test Review

If you need help studying for the HSPT or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

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What’s on the HSPT?

Questions: 298
Time limit: 2.5 hours

There are 298 multiple-choice questions in total, and the test is timed at 2.5 hours.

The questions are grouped into five subtests: two Cognitive Skills subtests and three Basic Skills subtests.

Let’s take a closer look at each subtest.

COGNITIVE SUBTEST | 60 questions

  • Analogy
  • Logic
  • Verbal classification
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms

COGNITIVE SUBTEST | 52 questions

  • Sequence
  • Reasoning
  • Geometric comparison
  • Non-Geometric comparison


  • Informational text
  • Craft and structure
  • Integration of ideas
  • Literary text
  • Literary techniques
  • Vocabulary


  • Numbers and numeration
  • Measurements
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Statistics and probabilities


  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Incorrect usage of parts of speech
  • Correct usages of parts of speech
  • Spelling
  • Composition

How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to see what the specific rules for registration are for your school. You’ll generally be asked to pick a spring or fall testing date, but each school is different.

The fee for the HSPT will also differ for every school, but it’s usually around $20.

HSPT Scores

There are two types of scores used for this test: composite and normative. The final score you need to get will be different depending on your school of choice.

Composite Scores

The composite score gives schools an overall view of your performance on the test. This means that you’ll have to complete all sections of the test to receive this score.

There are three composite scores in total:

  • Total Cognitive Skills: This includes the scores from the Verbal and Quantitative subtests.
  • Total Basic Skills: This encompasses the scores from the Reading, Math, and Language subtests.
  • Composite: This is a combination of all the above areas – Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Math, and Language.

Normative Scores

Normative scores provide some context for your performance by comparing it to how well other people did when they took the test.

There are five normative scores to consider:

  • National Percentile (NP) Rank: This ranks your scores against other test-takers on a national scale, with scores ranging from 1 to 99.
  • Local Percentile (LP) Rank: This is similar to the NP Rank, but it compares you to other test-takers on a local level.
  • Grade Equivalent (GE): This score estimates what grade level your performance generally corresponds to.
  • Cognitive Skills Quotient (CSQ): This score predicts future academic achievement, similar to an IQ score.
  • Standard Score (SS): This score ranges from 200 to 800, providing a frame of reference for comparing scores accurately among different groups.

HSPT Study Guide and Flashcards

Get practice questions, detailed study lessons, and complex subjects broken down into easily understandable concepts.

HSPTStudy Guide

Retaking the HSPT

Unfortunately, you can only take this test one time. If you take it again, your lower score is what schools will use.

Online HSPT Prep Course

If you want to be fully prepared, Mometrix offers an online HSPT prep course. The course is designed to provide you with any and every resource you might want while studying. The HSPT course includes:

  • Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
  • 1,450+ HSPT Practice Questions
  • More than 350 Digital Flashcards
  • Over 170 Instructional Videos
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What is HSPT?


HSPT stands for High School Placement Test.


What is a good HSPT score?


Each school decides its own scoring preferences, so a “good” score will be different for every school.


How many questions are on the HSPT?


There are 298 questions on the test.


When do HSPT test results come out?


You should receive your score report on the same day you take the test, via email.

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