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Why a Low Score on the HSPT Diagnostic Assessment Does Not Mean Your Middle School Is Failing to Prepare Your Child

Low scores on the HSPT Diagnostic Assessment do not indicate that a school is “not doing its job” or inadequately preparing your child for high school. In fact, scores on this assessment are typically much lower than one might expect.
There are many reasons for this: The HSPT is a very specific timed exam that tests concepts that students have learned as far back as the fourth grade. Some students may have forgotten basic math and English fundamentals which they simply need to refresh, review and practice. Other students perform poorly or average because they are not familiar with the timing and structure of the test. In fact, many students do not finish the test the first time they take it. Moreover, there are certain problem types specific to the HSPT that students may not have been presented with or practiced as part of their middle school curriculum.
We like to compare the idea of 8th graders preparing for the HSPT to that of high school students preparing for the SAT. Students l…
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Does My Child Need to Take an HSPT Class?

Many parents wonder if their child needs to take a class to prepare for the HSPT. They think that if their child has good grades in school that an HSPT prep course is not necessary.

We have found that grades alone do not indicate whether a child is prepared to do well on the HSPT.  The reason for this is that the HSPT tests students on material that goes back to the earlier grades, and some students have forgotten some of this material.  Even though they may be earning good grades in the present as a 7th or 8th grader, they may not remember how to do certain math problems or remember certain grammar rules that they learned in 5th or 6th grade.

In addition, the HSPT is a timed test, so that students need to complete each of the five sub-tests in a rather strict time frame. Students who are more methodical (and thus slower workers), find the timing of the sub-tests very challenging. Taking an HSPT prep class can help students to learn to finish the HSPT sub-tests in the time allotted.

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How Soon Should My 7th Grader Begin to Prepare for the HSPT?

Many parents ask us this question. And the answer depends upon several factors. If your child is a high-achieving student and consistently scores in the 80th and 90th percentile on their yearly standardized tests (STAR, IOWA, SAT, ERB, etc.), then he or she can wait until the fall of 8th grade to begin HSPT preparation.

If, on the other hand, your child :
does poorly on standardized testssuffers from "test anxiety"is a methodical and somewhat slow workertakes a great deal of time finishing assignmentshas average grades in school (B's and C's)  then we suggest that he or she begin HSPT preparation during the the summer after 7th grade.

We offer two programs that are very helpful.  One is our HSPT Diagnostic Assessment for 7th graders. The assessment will tell you whether your child is prepared for the HSPT and what areas he or she needs to work on now in order to get ready for success on the HSPT. Visit our website for more information on the Diagnostic Assessment
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When Will I Get My HSPT Test Results?

Now that the two testing dates for the HSPT have passed, some parents are asking, "When will I get the test results?"  Unfortunately, you will have to wait awhile.  The HSPT results are mailed home along with the acceptance letters from the high schools.  The school where your child took the test will be the one to send the HSPT scores. This mailing goes out in mid-March. Admittedly, that is a long time to wait for the results, and some parents and students have to deal with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety in the meantime. Our advice is to try to relax and not be preoccupied with the results, taking comfort in the knowledge that your child has done all that he or she could to prepare for the HSPT.

-Steve Saso
Saso High School Prep Founder