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Placement Exam

Gonzaga Preparatory Placement Exam


Please call the Admissions Office at (509) 483 - 8512 or email ckelsey@gprep.com to schedule the Placement Exam. The exam is administered during our office hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

All applicants to the ninth grade are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which consists of five sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math, and language. A timed writing sample is also part of the test. The exam allows us to determine the best classes for each student. Students only need attend one session. Calculators are not allowed. Please see the FAQs below for more information.


The Placement Exam is $25 and registration is in the Barbieri Student Center.


Parents are invited to stay for the first 30 minutes for an optional parent session led by our President, Al Falkner. Topics covered will be the mission of Gonzaga Prep and Fair Share, our unique financial aid program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go?

Registration for the Placement Exam is in the Barbieri Student Center.


How do I sign up?

Gonzaga Prep does not require students to RSVP for the Placement Test. We ask students to show up 20 minutes early to register for the test in the Barbieri Student Center.


Where do I pickup my student?

Students are escorted to the Barbieri Student Center when finished and parents can wait for their child in the student center. Parents are not allowed in the school building during the test.

What is the HSPT exam? 
The High School Placement Test is used by Catholic schools as a placement tests within their schools. This test is developed by Scholastic Testing Service (STS).
What is on HSPT Exam?
The test consists of 5 sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math and language sections. All of the sections are multiple choice, and they each have a different amount of time allotted to them.
What is the writing sample? 
Each student will be asked to write an essay about their desire to attend Gonzaga Prep. Students may practice ahead of time, but will not be allowed to use notes during the test. Students are given 30 minutes for the essay portion of the test.
Can I use a calculator?
No, calculators are not allowed.
Where can I find more information regarding the HSPT? 
Pleaes visit the Scholastic Testing Service website for more information. 

Gonzaga Prep is not a public testing center. We use the exam results for our purposes only. We therefore regret that if your student does not enroll at Gonzaga Prep, we will be unable to release the exam results.

For questions regarding the admissions process or the placement exam, please email Corrina Kelsey at ckelsey@gprep.com