High School Placement Test (HSPT)

* The HSPT is administered for three reasons:
1. for placement into 9th grade classes college-prep and honors
2. for Merit Scholarship awards and Arts Academy Scholarships. Students who score in the 90th percentile or above will be invited for an interview and writing sample for Merit Scholarship. These interviews will happen in December and awards made before Christmas. These students will also be invited to our Cathedral Honors Program. A program limited to 20 freshmen a year. Each student is required to take four Honors or AP classes for all four years and will take part in outside the classroom learning experiences. Arts Academy Scholarships require an audition and a minimum of a 25 percentile on the HSPT. More information is on the Arts Academy page. 
3. Students who score below 40 percentile will be invited to have extra help with our compensatory education teacher during their lunch periods or activity period. 

We will accept scores from other high schools, however, Camden Catholic cannot request these test scores. The family must request these scores to be sent to Camden Catholic. If a student wishes to compete for the Merit or Arts Academy Scholarships, the test MUST be taken at Camden Catholic on November 2, 2013. 





Important Info for Classified Students

Any student who is classified with a learning disability and has an Individual Education Plan or Individual Service Plan may request extended time for the HSPT if extended time is an accommodation in his/her plan. In order to request extra time, please put your request in writing and send a copy of the service plan to Mrs. Crisci at CCHS via mail, fax, or email after you register for the HSPT.

Mrs. Heather Crisci
Camden Catholic High School
300 Cuthbert Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Fax: 856-661-0632
Email: hcrisci@camdencatholic.org


Testing Details

The Camden Catholic High School Admissions Placement Test is a comprehensive placement test administered to eighth-grade students for placement into ninth grade. It provides national normative measures in the following cognitive and basic skills areas: verbal and quantitative skills, reading, mathematics, and language.

Cognitive Skills

Verbal Skills consists of 60 items yielding the Verbal Skills score.  The Verbal Skills measured are synonyms, antonyms, verbal analogies, verbal classifications, and logical reasoning. 

Quantitative Skills
consists of 52 items yielding the Quantitative Skills score.  Number series, number manipulations, and both geometric and nongeometric quantitative comparison items are included.  The results from these two tests provide a total Cognitive Skills Quotient.

Basic Skills Reading consists of 62 items yielding the Reading score for the battery.  Among the major comprehension skills measured are the ability to remember important ideas and significant details, recognizing central thought or purpose, making logical inferences, and understanding vocabulary in context. 

Mathematics
consists of 64 items yielding the Mathematics score for the battery.  Computation and problem-solving skills are evaluated, along with the student’s knowledge of important concepts and his or her ability to reason. 


Language
consists of 60 items evaluating student skills in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, usage, and composition.  The results from this test yield the Language score for the battery.  The results from these three tests provide a total Basic Skills score.