Entrance Exam (HSPT)

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) measures a student's ability in cognitive and basic skill areas and can be administered in a relatively limited amount of time. Since the entire battery is standardized the end results are directly comparable for all test areas and can be related to the level of the students at the time of entering high school.

U of D Jesuit is a test center for the Catholic High School Placement Test (HSPT) and any individual who is thinking about going to a Catholic High School can test here. The dates for the HSPT are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019*
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020

*Includes extended time testing for qualified students.

Extended time testing is offered to high school applicants who have the accommodation to receive extended time through an evaluation or an IEP. The date for extended testing is December 7, 2019. Those student are required to register online and notify the admissions office in advance at (313) 927-2307.

We encourage applicants to take the HSPT in November or December of their 8th grade year. Students who complete their admission file by December 31, 2019 (including the HSPT score) will receive their admission decision on January 24, 2020.

Testing begins promptly at 8 a.m. Students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. with the testing finishing around 11:30 a.m. The cost of the test is $50 and online pre-registration is required.

Click here to register for HSPT

Students are asked to bring two #2 pencils with erasers, dress comfortably, and bring a snack or something to drink. November and December test results will be received toward the end of December.

U of D Jesuit offers a HSPT Prep Class to familiarize 8th graders with the HSPT and to understand how the test is administered. The class is taught by U of D Jesuit faculty who will guide students through sample versions of the different test sections.

For a list of dates and to register for the HSPT Prep Class please email sharon.morey@uofdjesuit.org.

Cognitive Skills

60 questions assessing a variety of skills, including verbal analogy, verbal classification, logical reasoning, and the recognition and usage of synonyms and antonyms. (Verbal Ability Score)

52 questions on number and letter series, picture analogy, and picture classification. (Quantitative Ability Score)

Basic Skills


62 questions testing major comprehension skills including: ability to remember important ideas and significant details, recognizing central thought or purpose, making logical inferences, and understanding vocabulary in context. (Reading Score)


64 questions evaluating computation, problem-solving skills, knowledge of important concepts, and ability to reason. (Mathematics Score)


60 questions testing skills in grammar, spelling, syllabication, style, usage, and diction. (Language Score)