How will I gain access to the exam/online HSPT?
Students must register to take the entrance exam with Saint Ignatius. In the days following the close of registration (November 30 at 12:00 pm), students will receive an email including log-in credentials and test access information. The test will open at 8:00 am the date of testing at https://www.stsusers.com/stsusers/HSPT/login.php
. Students seeking exam registration after November 30 should contact the Saint Ignatius Admissions Office. How can I prepare to take the online HSPT?
Scholastic Testing Service provides a test tutorial that all students should view. Visit https://www.stsusers.com/stsusers/HSPT/login.php
and click View Tutorial. Students can view the tutorial as many times as they wish.
The Saint Ignatius College Prep Admissions Office will be offering optional, live exam information sessions, including a demo of the online HSPT, to all registered testers the week of the exam. Zoom information sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, December 2, at 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 3, at 10:00 am
The Zoom link will be sent to all registered testers with exam log-in credentials in the days following the close of the test registration period. How does the HSPT work online?
The online exam is self-guided and will be taken remotely by the applicant to Saint Ignatius College Prep. The exam includes the same five sections (referred to as subtests) and is framed by the same timing as a hard copy version. The primary difference is that the HSPT will be taken online and remotely.What do I need in order to take the exam?
Access to high-speed internet and a reliable device. No additional software is needed. Testers do not need to download any applications. Scratch paper and pencil is recommended. Testing should take place at a table or desk free from distractions and disruptions. Make sure your web browser's pop-up blocker is turned off or disabled. Fully charge and plug in your computer or testing device. Calculators are not permitted. Can I use any device to take the exam?
Yes, any device (i.e., Windows or MAC laptop/desktop, Chromebook, iPad) with a modern browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Edge) and a reliable internet connection is all that is required. Students should not take the exam on a cell phone.
Can I take the exam from any location?
Yes, the exam can be taken from any location with reliable internet access. However, students should pay attention to the time frame given to access the exam. The exam will open at 8:00 am Central Standard Time on test day.What is the order of the test?
There are 5 subtests within the HSPT. Each subtest begins with instructions and sample items that are not timed. Students should take the subtests and suggested breaks in the order they are listed, as follows:Verbal Skills – 60 items, 18 minutesQuantitative Skills – 52 items, 30 minutes5-minute breakReading – 62 items, 25 minutesMath – 64 items, 45 minutes2-minute breakLanguage Arts – 60 items, 25 minutesHow is the test timed?
Each subtest is timed separately, per above. The student will begin each subtest by first reading the instructions and sample items. (The instructions before each subtest will state the time allowed.) The instructions and sample items are not timed. After the student finishes the instructions and sample items, they will click the “Start Test” button for the particular subtest and timing of the subtest will begin. If time expires before a student finishes a particular subtest, they will receive a message and the subtest window will close. All responses are saved in real-time, so your answered questions will not be lost in the event the timer runs out.How long is the exam?
The HSPT includes approximately 2.5 hours of timed testing with 2 short breaks. The HSPT will open at 8:00 am on the date of testing and remain open until 12:00 pm - allowing the student time to complete all required steps, the five subtests, and take breaks.
Each subtest/section is individually timed. The timing for each subtest begins when a student clicks “Start Test” on a particular subtest. Separate from the recommended breaks, a student can take a break in between any of the subtests. What happens if my internet goes out during the exam?
Because the timer is based on when a student begins a subtest, the HSPT does not recognize when a student loses connection within a subtest. Therefore, if the timer for the subtest has started, it will continue to count down even if an internet connection is lost. All responses are saved in real-time, so your answered questions will not be lost in the event the timer runs out or internet connection is lost.
Saint Ignatius College Prep will provide tech support throughout the testing period. In this case of lost internet connection, the student should contact Saint Ignatius to report the issue and navigate next steps. Can I go back and check my work?
Yes, the student can move back and forth within a particular subtest using the “Next” or “Previous” buttons or the “Go to” question function. See the STS HSPT tutorial to view this functionality.
The student clicks “Finish” when a subtest is completed. Finishing a subtest locks that subtest. A student cannot check work within a subtest once it is finished/completed. Within the Reading subtest, will I have to click between screens to view a reading prompt?
No, a particular reading prompt will appear on the screen for all questions to which it applies. Is there an essay component to the exam?
No, there is not an essay component/writing prompt administered on test day this year. Will the exam be proctored?
No, Saint Ignatius College Prep is not proctoring the online exam. How is the timing of the exam adjusted if I have testing accommodations?
Extended time is applied to the test session for any students approved for test accommodations. Timing is adjusted per section and the window of testing at large. For example, the testing window for a student with time-and-a-half accommodation (150%) becomes 6 hours. In this case, time allotted to the Verbal Skills section becomes 27 minutes. See the TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS section at Apply to Saint Ignatius for more information.