Archbishop Ryan High School's
7th Grade Practice
The Practice-HSPT is offered at Archbishop Ryan in order to give all grade 7 students an opportunity to participate in a practice scholarship test prior to taking the HSPT in the Fall of grade 8. In order to help students achieve the most valid results, Archbishop Ryan administers this test in the late Spring when students have had the benefit of completing the vast majority of the grade 7 curriculum.
Benefits of taking a practice test include:
-Students become familiar with the structure of the 5 sections of the test.
-Students become familiar with the types of questions that are asked and can begin to see patterns in the types of multiple-choice answers offered and the typical language used.
-Students become familiar with the timing of the 5 sections on the test thereby helping the students to plan an efficient approach to taking the test in the Fall of grade 8.
-Students will receive their scores prior to the summer so that they can use the summer months for guided practice in order to improve scores and perhaps qualify for scholarship awards in the fall.
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On Campus Testing Instructions
We're excited that you've chosen to take our Entrance/Placement Test on campus.
Please note the following information in preparation for thaking the HSPT:
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TEST:
Eat a healthy dinner. Complex carbohydrates, like potatoes and pasta, are good fuel for your brain. Add some protein to the meal for sustained energy and some leafy green vegetables to improve your memory, and you’ll be good to go.
Collect and pack everything you will need for test day. Pack all the items in a bag and set it by the door so you won’t forget it in the morning. Your bag should contain the following: Two #2 pencils, water bottle and snack. No calculators are permitted for the test.
Don’t cram. Studying or cramming the day before the test is likely to raise your anxiety levels and burn you out. Instead, spend the day relaxing, eating, hydrating, exercising, and enjoying some time with your family or friends.
Get a good night’s sleep. Three hours of testing is tough, especially if you’re only going on five hours of sleep. Do yourself a favor; set your alarm and head to bed early. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep. You’ll feel more refreshed and ready to face the test in the morning.
Upload a Photo to Your Applicant Portal. We use this to verify your child's identity when taking the test. Please login to your applicant portal and upload a photo to the checklist item "Applicant Photo." Photo must follow the same guidelines Collegeboard requires of students taking the SAT.
THE MORNING OF THE TEST:
Dress for success! Wear your school uniform. If your school does not have uniform, no jeans or sweats. Testing rooms may be cool, so bring a jacket or sweater.
Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated, but don’t overfill your bladder. Eggs and toast, oatmeal with nuts and fruit, a yogurt and fruit protein smoothie, or a whole-grain bagel with cream cheese are all good breakfast options. Keep caffeine to a minimum to avoid the jitters and keep your energy from plummeting an hour into the test.
Use the bathroom right before the test. You don’t want to be preoccupied with a full bladder when you still have 45 minutes left in a math section. Use any breaks between sections wisely. Turn off your phone.
Double-check that your phone is completely turned off and packed away in your bag. Pace yourself. During the test, keep track of time and move on from a question if you are stuck. We'll give you reminders as you approach the half-way point during each section to help keep you on track. Relax and remember to breathe. If you begin to panic or tense up, focus on your breathing. Make sure your inhalations and exhalations are equal in length and that you are breathing into your belly, not just your chest. Tense your whole body and then immediately release to relax all of your muscles. Press your feet into the floor to feel grounded. Notice if you are grinding your teeth or gripping your jaw, and try to open your mouth slightly. On your breaks, stretch your neck and your sides, plus any muscles that feel tight. Stand and sit with good posture to increase blood flow to your brain. WHAT TO BRING: Two #2 Pencils A Water Bottle and Snack Please arrive early and report to the chapel doors at the center of the building. The testing period begins PROMPTLY at the test start time - doors will be locked. For the integrity of the test, late admittance is not permitted. The testing session lasts approximately 3 hours. If your child is entitled to extended time and you submitted an approved IEP or 504 plan, the testing period will be 4.5 hours.