8th Grade Placement Test

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a requirement for all incoming freshmen applicants.  The HSPT evaluates students in the following cognitive and basic skill areas: Reading, Mathematics, and Language. The test is approximately 3 hours in length. This assessment tool is used for admissions, scholarship selection, and course placement for freshmen year. Students can take the test in either November or January and still feel comfortable with the content covered in the exam.  A well-rounded middle school education is the best form of preparation.


Registration is required.
The High School Placement Test will be administered at North Catholic on the following dates:
  • Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at 9:00am*
  • Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 9:00am*
  • Saturday, March 19th, 2022 at 9:00am
*In order to be considered for one of our merit-based scholarship opportunities, students must take the HSPT in November or January at North Catholic High School and may only take it once at our location.  Students who place in the top one-third of our HSPT will qualify for our merit-based scholarships.  
In addition, the top two scores of the NC High School Placement Test will receive a 1-year $1,000 tuition scholarship for their freshmen year.  The test must be taken at NC on or before January 8th, 2022 to qualify.  
Please note:  Students must have all components of their admissions application completed by January 14th to be eligible for our scholarship opportunities. 
To learn more about our merit-based scholarships, please click HERE
What to Expect:
  • Please arrive by 8:45am for your scheduled test date
  • Students will be socially distanced during the exam
  • Masks are required
  • Bring two #2 pencils.  We will not have pencils to share this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • You may bring a water bottle and small snack to enjoy between test breaks.
  • No calculators are permitted
  • Testing will conclude at 12:15pm
  • Test results will be released to parents/guardians two weeks after the test has been administered
If you have questions regarding the HSPT, please contact Megan O'Hara, Director of Admissions.
High School Placement Test FAQ's  

The following are some frequently asked questions regarding the North Catholic Placement Test.  Our math department chair, Mr. Kevin Henry, has provided valuable insight regarding when to take the exam, as well as its purpose for high school admissions.

  • Should my child take the placement exam as late as possible so that they cover more content during their 8th grade year?
    The placement test consists of general reading, language, and math questions that are not course specific.  So there is no advantage to taking the placement test later in the school year.  In fact, we recommend taking the placement test as early as possible for academic scholarship opportunities.  Students that take the placement test in November will not be at an academic disadvantage.
  • Is this an admissions test?
    No.  We do not use this test to determine which students we admit to North Catholic. This placement test is used for the course selection process and for the scholarship process.
  • Can my child take the placement test more than once?
    The freshmen course selection process is a discussion between each family and the chairs of the English and math departments.  The placement test is just one part of that conversation.  So there is no advantage to taking the placement test multiple times.
  • How should my child study for the placement test?
    The placement test questions are not course specific.  The test is designed as more of an aptitude test, than a traditional test in school that covers specific content.  So there is no need to study or otherwise prepare for this test.  We just ask that all students try their best!