Admissions

HSPT Dates

HSPT Entrance Exam Rescheduled

As your eighth graders begin their last semester of junior high school, we want to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. We know how challenging these last months have been for these young people, and we look forward to the time when they—and we—can celebrate their success. Hopefully, this will be in the not too distant future!

We have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 post-holiday surge, and have continued to consult with our colleagues both in education and the department of public health. This past weekend all Catholic elementary and high schools in Los Angeles County received an email from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Los Angeles Archdiocese asking all of us to consider pushing back any activities we have scheduled on our campuses prior to Tuesday, January 19. 

Out of an abundance of caution, and after much deliberation, we have decided to postpone the date of our entrance exam for the Class of 2025, and to provide a few options for prospective students.

There is a considerable amount of information provided below, so please take the time to read the following four options carefully:

Option 1 

Online HSPT to be administered to students by Notre Dame High School on the morning of Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m.

This option is designed for students who are interested in applying to Notre Dame High School, but who are not interested in testing for the Holy Cross Scholars Award; a merit scholarship awarded to students who score at the 95th percentile or higher on the HSPT. 

Option 2

Students who do not want to wait until February 6 to take the online exam may take the HSPT online at any other Catholic high school any day the test is offered and have those test scores sent to Notre Dame High School. Like Option 1, these online scores will be used for admissions and course placement purposes, but scores from online exams will not be used for the Holy Cross Scholars merit scholarship consideration. This second option is designed for students interested in applying to Notre Dame High School but are not interested in the Holy Cross Scholars merit award.

Some things to keep in mind if you are considering Option 1 or Option 2:

  • Although students will not be permitted to use scores from any online exam to qualify for the merit scholarship, they will still be eligible for any need-based financial aid they qualify for, provided they have completed all of the financial aid paperwork by the January 13 deadline. 
  • In deciding whether or not to sit for the merit scholarship exam, students are encouraged to review their scores from any HSPT practice exam(s) to determine whether it is realistic for them to reach the 95th percentile. Generally speaking, students who are scoring at 88th percentile or higher on practice exams and who have continued to do extra practice work may be able to reach the 95th percentile. Please note that this is a general guideline and may apply to some students, but not all. 
  • Our admissions office cannot advise students (or parents) whether they should sit for the exam. That decision should be made as a family and with guidance from the student's eighth-grade teacher, who is more familiar with the student's performance and work habits.
Option 3

Students may sign up for on-campus testing at Notre Dame High School during the morning of Saturday, February 6. 

This option is for students who want to take the test in person. Students taking the test in person will also qualify for the Holy Cross Scholars merit award. Scores from this on-campus exam are used for admissions, course placement, and as entry into the Holy Cross Scholars merit award program.

Students who choose this option will be assigned a staggered testing time that allows for temperature checks, health questionnaires, and other safety measures. Students will be in classrooms with no more than 11 other students and an adult proctor. They will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. 

Option 4

Students may sign up for on-campus testing at Notre Dame during the afternoon of Sunday, February 7. 

This is another option designed for students who want to take the test in person. Students taking the test in person will also qualify for the Holy Cross Scholars merit award. Scores from this on-campus exam will be used for admissions, course placement, and as entry into the Holy Cross Scholars merit award program.

Students who choose this option will be assigned a staggered testing time that allows for temperature checks, health questionnaires, and other safety measures. Students will be in classrooms with no more than 11 other students and an adult proctor. They will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. 

Please be advised that we can accommodate as many students who want to test online, but we must limit the number of students testing on each of the two in-person/ on-campus dates so that we comply with the LA County Department of Health protocols. As a result, students will be assigned to either the February 6 or the February 7 date on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Students who choose option three or option four will be emailed a confirmation with their specific registration date and time on February 1. 

Thank you for your continued interest in Notre Dame High School and for your patience and understanding as we work to provide safe testing options for all our applicants. As always, please feel free to reach out to our admissions office if you have additional questions or concerns that were not addressed in this letter.

The Admissions Team

7th-Grade Practice HSPT May 8, 2021


Register Here


7th-grade students can take a Practice Test to familiarize themselves with HSPT content and material as well as assess their strengths and areas to improve. The students are tested on material they should know by the end of their 7th-grade year.
 
The test will last approximately three hours, and it will assess students' abilities in Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Math, and Language. 

THIS FEE IS NONREFUNDABLE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our admissions office at perez@ndhs.org.
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