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 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). 

Registration for the HSPT will be available over the summer. 


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