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What's on the HSPT? How Do I prepare?

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the entrance exam required by many Catholic high schools. Its content is somewhat similar to that of the SSAT and ISEE, but the HSPT is much faster paced: the SSAT has roughly twice as many questions as the other two tests but the test runs for about the same amount of time. The individual questions, though, tend to be less intensive with fewer moving parts.

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One aspect that the SSAT and ISEE have in common is the writing sample. Naturally, parents are concerned about how to best prepare students for the essays. Here are the major points to keep in mind.

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The material covered by the SSAT & ISEE is fairly similar: both primarily test critical reading, vocabulary and math. But, the way the material is presented and weighed can often point a student in one direction or the other.

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Aaron Golumbfskie, PrepMatters' Director of Education, discusses the lessons we can take away from finishing the gauntlet of high school standardized tests that linger long after we've put down all our No. 2 pencils.

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Week of the SSAT

Test Prep

The #1 test-week “do” is a straightforward one: get plenty of sleep! Research has proven time and time again that a lack of sleep raises the level of the stress hormone cortisol, impairs cognitive functioning, and even negatively impacts our physical health.

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Water Your Brain

Life Skills

Hydration: not just for exercise anymore. Ned Johnson discusses cutting-edge research demonstrating the connection between dehydration and impaired cognition.

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Watch the Seniors

College Life Skills

One great way to learn something new is to watch someone else do it first.

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While it is certainly disappointing to be informed you haven’t been accepted, it does not mean you only have to accept the decision passively. As with any negative outcome, recognize it is not a verdict about you, and decide to use the disappointment to spur you to positive activity.

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Jeff Knox, PrepMatters' Director of Educational Planning, discusses the decision by the University of Chicago to make standardized tests optional for undergraduate applicants.

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What to say when your family asks you about your college plans? We've got a few options.