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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. 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 and Principal. Topics covered will be the mission of Gonzaga Prep and Fair Share, our unique finical aid program.


Friday, December 6th, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
*Students only need to attend one session

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