Standardized Testing

CEEB Code:  110151

All test dates can be found on the websites listed to the right or on the HSP Calendar under College Counseling (CC).

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is administered to all 9th-11th grade HSP students in October.  HSP registers and administers the test to students free of charge. 

The test is given to the 9th and 10th graders as practice and to the juniors for the purposes of qualifying for the National Merit programs.  Colleges will not receive the PSAT scores.

Advanced Placement testing occurs the first two weeks of May.  For specific test dates, please refer here.  HSP administers these tests and assists in registration for students.  Test results are sent to students, HSP, and specified colleges in July.  AP test results do not appear on the HSP transcript.  Students may request to have the scores sent to colleges after taking the test at the College Board website.

The Student Assessment Test (SAT) is a multiple-choice test that measures the verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities and writing skills that students develop over the years. 

Each of the three sections of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with two writing sub-scores for the multiple-choice and the essay.

Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT in their spring semester and seniors in their fall semester.

It is the student's responsibility to contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) to request that their scores are sent to specified colleges and universities.  Students may request that the results of the SAT are sent to certain institutions when registering for the test, when taking the test, or after the test by going online to

The SAT is administered on seven national test dates.  The remaining test dates for the 2013-2014 school year are December 7th, January 25th, March 8th, May 3rd, and June 7th.  Registration deadlines are about six weeks before the test date. It is recommended that students register online at the College Board SAT website.

SAT Subject Tests
Subject Tests ( or SAT II's) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas. Students take the Subject Tests in specific subjects like english, history, mathematics, science, and language. A small number of colleges require the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests they take.

Subject Tests are scored on a scale of 200-800. All Subject Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests; however, some of the tests have unique formats and/or test dates.

Test dates will be the same as the ones listed above for regular SAT testing.

The American College Test (ACT) is a curriculum-based test and is considered to be an acceptable alternative to the SAT and SAT Subject tests. 

The ACT is a multiple-choice test that covers four skill areas:  english, mathematics, reading, and science.  The writing test is optional, though strongly encouraged.  It measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Each section of the ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36 with a total composite score that averages your scores on all sections.

The ACT is administered on six national test dates.  The remaining test dates for the 2013-2014 school year are December 14th, February 8th, April 12th, and June 14th.  Registration deadlines are about six weeks before the test date. It is recommended that students register online at the ACT website.

Accommodations for Standardized Testing
If your student receives accommodations at HSP they may be approved for them on standardized tests as well.  Please refer to our procedures pages listed below on how to apply for these specific accommodations.

Request Form for Accommodations
SAT Procedures for Requesting Accommodations
ACT Procedures for Requesting Accommodations

Scores range from 200-800 for each section (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) Length: 3 hours and 45 minutes Sections: 10 separately timed sections •3 sections test critical reading (70 minutes total)
   •3 sections test Math (70 minutes total)
   •3 sections test writing (60 minutes total)
   •1 variable (not scored) section tests critical reading, math, or writing (25 minutes total)
Scores range from 0-36 for each section  (English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning) Length:  ~3 hours and 40 minutes (with writing section) Sections: 5 sections (one of each) •English
Critical Reading:
   •Sentence Completion (19 questions)
   •Passage-Based Questions (48 questions)
   •75 multiple-choice questions
   •45 minute section
   •Usage, mechanic, rhetorical skills
Math Section:
   •44 multiple-choice questions
   •10 student produced response questions
   •Basic Arithmetic, Algebra I/II, Geometry
   •Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability
   •60 multiple-choice questions
   •60 minute section
   •Pre Algebra, Algebra I/II, Geometry, Trigonometry
   •49 multiple-choice questions
   •Improving sentences (25 questions)
   •Identifying sentence errors (18 questions)
   •Improving paragraphs (6 questions)
   •Essay – 25 minutes provided
   •40 multiple-choice questions
   •35 minute section
   •40 multiple-choice questions
   •35 minute section
   •1 optional essay
   •30 minute section
Students have the option to utilize Score Choice. If, however, score choice is not utilized, all prior scores go to the college. Only selected test dates are reported to the college(s).
Penalty for guessing No penalty for guessing
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