Entrance Test Information (HSPT)

All 8th graders applying to a Catholic high school in Cincinnati for the 2023-2024 school year must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, November 19, 2022.  

8th graders may take the HSPT at any of the Catholic high schools that they would be eligible to attend (i.e. boys may not take it at an all-girls school). The cost of the test is $30. 

Register for the HSPT here.

When registering, you will be asked to select up to three schools to which you would like your test scores sent. You may make changes to this selection until November 25. 

The test will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m. If testing at Ursuline, please plan to arrive between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Snacks, water, pencils, and scratch paper will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own snacks, water, and pencils if they prefer. 

If your daughter receives testing accommodations, please indicate that when registering for the HSPT. Ursuline is able to provide some testing accommodations such as extended time and small group settings. To test with accommodations, Ursuline will need to receive a copy of your daughter's official 504/IEP/Accommodation Plan by November 2.

A make-up test date will be available in early December for true conflicts or in the event of illness on the test date.

Only students who take the HSPT on the official date or official make up date and complete all other components of the application by the December deadline are eligible for academic merit scholarships to Ursuline. Transfer students and late 8th grade applicants are not eligible. 

Please contact admissions@ursulineacademy.org or (513) 791-5791 ext. 1116 with any questions. 


How does Ursuline use the HSPT scores?

Applicants' HSPT scores, along with their grades, other standardized test scores, and admission essays, will be considered to determine admission to Ursuline and will also inform course placement recommendations for students who enroll at Ursuline.


Prepare for the HSPT at Ursuline!

Led by an experienced Ursuline teacher, the HSPT test prep course will help you feel more confident on testing day so you can do your best. The course will cover standardized test taking strategies as well as familiarize you with the format and types of questions on the HSPT, including practice questions for each section. 

Course options:

  • July 25-29, 8:30am - 10:00am
  • July 25-29, 10:00am - 11:30am - This class is now FULL
  • Fall after school class - Mondays: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 - 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Fall after school class - Wednesdays: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 - 3:30 - 5:00pm

An HSPT Prep Book will be provided for each registered student.

Ursuline will offer two full practice test options for students enrolled in any of the test prep courses. You are welcome to participate in one or both, regardless of which prep class you are taking. The full practice test offers students the opportunity to take the practice test in an authentic, timed, school environment, very similar to what you would experience on the actual testing day in November. Students who are not able to attend either of the full practice tests can complete a full practice test at home from the provided workbook.

The cost of the course is $100, which includes the test prep book and a small snack each day.

Test Prep Course registration for 2022 is available here.

Questions? Contact Mary Claire Simpson, Assistant Director of Admissions, at msimpson@ursulineacademy.org