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High School Placement Test (HSPT)

High School Placement Test Registration Form

All 8th grade students interested in enrolling at Badin High School are required to take the High School Placement Exam that is administered by all Archdiocesan high schools. The placement test will be given on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Students may take the test at any of the Cincinnati archdiocesan high schools and have the scores sent up to three high schools for placement consideration. Students must mark Badin High School on their test form to be considered for academic scholarships at Badin.

Students may prepare for the test by purchasing ARCO’s Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exam available at area book stores. For online practice tests, click here: ( We suggest a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast before the test.

Students must pre-register to take the placement test. Badin offers two ways to register:

1. Online: (with online payment)  

2. Downloading the PDF registration form and send payment to Badin - 

If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office - 863-3993 x120 OR Nancy Gersbach – x111. Test fee is $30. 

What is the High School Placement Test?

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a standardized battery of tests given to incoming freshmen for the purpose of helping Badin High School place students in the proper level for their English and mathematics courses.

The HSPT consists of the following subtests: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language.

Verbal Skills
60 questions
18 minutes
Quantitative Skills
52 questions
30 minutes
Reading 62 questions 25 minutes
64 questions
45 minutes
60 questions
25 minutes

Cognitive Skills :

Verbal skills will measure the use of synonyms, antonyms, verbal analogies, verbal classifications, and logical reasoning.

Quantitative skills will measure the use of number series and number manipulations.

Basic Skills:

Reading will measure the ability to remember important ideas and significant details, recognizing central thought or purpose, making logical inferences, and understanding vocabulary in context.

Mathematics will require the student to demonstrate computation and problem-solving skills. Calculators are not allowed to be used during the High School Placement Test.

Language will evaluate the student’s skill in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, usage, and composition.

How are my scores on the High School Placement Test used?

Scholastic Testing Service will score the test and send a report for each student to Badin High School. A copy of this report will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian in early January.

Badin’s Academic Dean then meets with the junior high teachers of the local Catholic elementary schools to review the student’s past academic performance, the student’s performance on the Terra Nova/IOWA tests, and the student’s performance on the HSPT to determine a placement recommendation in English, Mathematics and Science. This recommendation will be shared with the parents and student at the time of registration.

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