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Placement Exam

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, where students write about their desire to attend Gonzaga Prep. The exam allows us to determine the best classes for each student. Students only need to attend one session. The exam fee is $25 for students who pre-register (card accepted), or $30 for on-site registration (check or cash only).

Upcoming Placement Exam sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, February through June (see dates/times below). Applicants can also contact the Admissions Office to take the Placement Exam during the school day in the Gonzaga Prep Counseling Center. We recommend 9th grade applicants take the exam as early as possible for priority registration and financial aid consideration.


Wednesday, February 5th -- 3:30 - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 4th -- 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 1st -- 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 6th -- 3:30 - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 3rd -- 3:30 - 6:30 PM


Click here to pre-register for an exam date, or contact admissions@gprep.com to register.


Parents are invited to stay for the first 15 minutes for an optional and informal parent session to answer any questions regarding the admissions process, tuition and financial aid, and Gonzaga Prep in general. 


FAQ Regarding the HSPT
What is the HSPT exam? 
The High School Placement Test is used by Catholic schools as a placement test 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? 
Please visit the Scholastic Testing Service website for more information. 
What if my child has a conflict for the testing dates listed?
Please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@gprep.com) or Katie O'Brien (kobrien@gprep.com, 509-777-8122) 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 Katie O'Brien at kobrien@gprep.com