Admissions

High School Placement Test and Pre-HSPT

High School Placement Test

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a nationally recognized standardized test that is used as part of the admissions process at Bishop Ireton High School. The test is for current 8th grade students that are applying to a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Arlington. The two and a half hour timed exam includes subject areas consisting of verbal skills, quantitative skills, reading, mathematics and language skills. The results of the HSPT are used as part of both admissions consideration and scholarship consideration as well as to determine course placement should the student be admitted to Bishop Ireton High School.
 
The HSPT may only be taken once, and the test can only be taken by 8th grade students.
 
Students attending Catholic schools within the Diocese of Arlington will take the exam at their school. Eighth graders who are NOT currently enrolled in a Catholic school in the Arlington Diocese (students attending public school or other private schools) must register to take the exam at Bishop Ireton (or another school offering the HSPT). Scores are sent to the school/s that the student indicates on the testing form on the day of testing.
 
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  
 
Information specific to arrival, departure procedures and what to bring for testing at Bishop Ireton High School will be sent to the email address entered on the registration form as the date nears. 
 
WHEN:
Thursday, December 3, 2020
- Students attending Catholic schools within the Diocese of Arlington will take the HSPT at their school.
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - The HSPT is administered at Bishop Ireton for students who attend public schools or other private schools. Registration required and due by November 27. Snow date is December 12.
Saturday, January 9, 2021 - The HSPT is administered at Bishop Ireton for students who attend public schools or other private schools and were unable to attend the December 5 testing date. Snow date is January 16. Registration is required and due by January 2.

WHERE:
Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria, VA  2231

TIME:
8:30am - 12:30pm

COST:
$35 Registration Fee
 
REGISTRATION:
Link will be posted on this webpage on October 1, 2020.
 
Testing Accommodations: Students having a documented Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Service Plan that states the need for specific testing accommodation(s) on standardized tests will be given those accommodations. The Diocesan expectation for extra time on extended testing is equal to 1 1/2 times the regular testing time for those students with the appropriate IEP or Service Plan. ONLY THOSE STUDENTS IN POSSESSION OF A VALID IEP OR SERVICE PLAN WILL RECEIVE TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS. Testing accommodations are offered at all of the diocesan high schools that are offering the test. Students qualifying for accommodations must submit a copy of their IEP or Service Plan at the time of registration (sent via email to admissions@bishopireton.org) to qualify for these accommodations. They must be received no later than November 27, 2020 11/27/20 (for the December exam) and January 2, 2021 (for the January exam) in order to properly accommodate. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@bishopireton.org.

HSPT for 2021-2022 School Year

Register for the 2021-2022 HSPT on December 5, 2020 here. The test will be taken at Bishop Ireton for students who attend public schools or other private schools. The snow date is December 12, 2020.

Register for the 2021-2022 HSPT on January 9, 2021 here (for students who were unable to attend the December 5, 2020 date). The test will be taken at Bishop Ireton for students who attend public schools or other private schools. The snow date is January 16, 2021.

Pre-High School Placement Test

Bishop Ireton will offer the Pre-High School Placement Test (Pre-HSPT) in May 2021 for current 7th graders. The Pre-HSPT is intended to help students become more familiar with the different sections of the HSPT under timed conditions. The Pre-HSPT is a practice test. It is scored using 7th grade norms with all of the same scoring and reporting services as the HSPT.

NOTE: The results of the Pre-HSPT are not used in the high school admissions process. It merely provides a snapshot of your child’s strengths, areas for improvement and early feedback to identify performance gaps.

Pre-HSPT 2020

Testing Date: May 2021. Check back for specific date and sign-up in early 2021.  Click here if you have a current 7th grader and would like to receive a notification when the Pre-HSPT registration is available. 

Freshman Placement Exams

Freshman Placement Exams are given to 8th grade students after the student has enrolled at Bishop Ireton. They occur at the end of May/June of their 8th grade year. The exams help determine class placement for 9th grade at Bishop Ireton. Below is a list of placement exams that Bishop Ireton uses for determining a student's mastery of a particular subject. Information is provided in the acceptance packet regarding specific dates. 

List of 3 items.

  • Algebra I and Geometry Placement Test and Exemption Information

    Only students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a full-year Algebra I course may take the Algebra I exam and only students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a full year Geometry course may take the Geometry exam. A calculator is permissible for the Geometry exam only.

    IMPORTANT: Students who have completed both Algebra I and Geometry in full-year courses before 9th grade must take both exams. All students must take and pass the appropriate diocesan placement exam(s) in order to be exempted.

    Algebra
    To be exempted from Algebra I and take Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry during freshman year, the entering student must meet all the following criteria:

    • 92nd percentile or higher on the math section of the HSPT,
    • 85th percentile or higher on the verbal section of the HSPT,
    • 77% or higher on the Diocesan Algebra Exam,
    AND
    • Grade of A in Algebra I in 7th or 8th grade
    Geometry
    To be exempted from BI Geometry class, entering students must meet all the following criteria:

    • 92nd percentile or higher on the math section of the HSPT
    • 85th percentile or higher on the verbal section of the HSPT
    • 77% or higher on the diocesan Geometry exam
    AND
    • Grade of A in 8th grade Geometry

    Qualifications for taking Honors Algebra I as a freshman:
    • A in 8th grade math
    AND
    • 90 percentile or higher on the math section of the HSPT
    Students who have taken Algebra I previously and who score 60-76 percent on the Diocesan Algebra Placement Exam are enrolled in Honors Algebra I.

    All other students take Algebra I freshman year.
  • Honors Science Placement Test Information

    Students who would like to be placed in Honors Biology freshman year must take the Science Placement Exam. A score in the top 25% on this examination as well as the student’s 8th grades science grade along with standardized test scores will be considered in placing students in Biology or Honors Biology. This exam includes 100 multiple choice questions. The questions are a review of the integrated 8th grade science course. Topics include scientific method and measurements, physical properties of matter, acids and bases, the periodic table, elements, chemical bonds, reactions and equations, acceleration and momentum, Newton’s laws, machines and work, energy, electricity, light and sound, solid liquids and gases, atomic structure, and waves.
  • World Language Diocesan Placement Exams

    This exam is required for registered incoming students who wish to be placed in a level II or higher world language class their first year at Bishop Ireton High School.
     
    Students attending diocesan grades schools who take the exam at their elementary school do not need to take it at Bishop Ireton.

Placement Exams

Registration for the 2021 Placement Exams will be provided in the students acceptance packet.