High School Placement Tests
All 8th grade students applying to Guerin Catholic must sit for the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The HSPT allows our Guidance Department additional insights into the students academic abilities to ensure proper placement into Freshman classes.
The HSPT is composed of subtests in areas of Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Math, and Language. Guerin Catholic does administer the Religion section of the HSPT test which allots 30 minutes of testing time. The results of the Religion section are not included in the total composite percentage of the HSPT results. The Guerin Catholic Theology Dept. reviews the Religion section results to help assess curriculum development for that incoming class.
The HSPT also qualifies students for our Presidential and Academic Scholarships~
- A Presidential Scholarship* will be awarded to an incoming freshman who earns a composite score at the 98th or 99th percentile (national percentile) on the High School Placement Test. The Presidential Scholarship is an academic scholarship potentially worth $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year, renewable for four years based on GPA).
- An Academic Scholarship* will be awarded to an incoming freshman who earns a composite score at the 96th or 97th percentile (national percentile) on the High School Placement Test. An Academic Scholarship is a scholarship potentially worth $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year, renewable for four years based on GPA).
* Scholarship Qualification
In order to qualify for Guerin Catholic’s Presidential or Academic Scholarship, the HSPT MUST be taken at Guerin Catholic High School. Scores attained from HSPT taken at a school other than Guerin Catholic, will be accepted for admission, but will NOT qualify for scholarships.
Annual renewal of scholarships In order to maintain the Presidential or Academic Scholarships at Guerin Catholic High School, the student must maintain a cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the conclusion of each school year. The student’s GPA may be periodically reviewed throughout the year, but only the cumulative GPA at the end of the third trimester will be used to measure compliance with the criteria for renewal. Should the student’s GPA fall below the 3.5, the annual monetary award will no longer be available to be applied against future year’s tuition.
Students who took the HSPT during the summer prep course are not required to take the test again in the fall. The score from the Friday test of their summer prep course will be entered into the applicants Admission Portfolio.