Archbishop Ryan High School's
Entrance & Placement Test
All 8th grade students who are interested in attending Archbishop Ryan as a member of the Class of 2027 must take our mandatory entrance and placement test. There is no cost, though pre-registration is required as testing materials are ordered in exact quantity. Registration closes 48 hours before each test.
The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a standardized high school exam that covers five areas: verbal, language, reading, math skills and math aptitude and takes approximately 3 hours.
This test is open to all students coming from a local Public, Private, Charter, Independent, Virtual, Home, or Other School options. All AOP and IMS students will take the exam directly at their elementary school.
Archbishop Ryan test dates are Monday, October 9 (4pm) and Saturday, October 14 (9am). Click below and use test code "011" to view our testing calendar.
Directions for the Day: 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.