If you’re considering private high school for your student, you’re not alone. About 10% of high school students nationwide attend private school. When applying to private school, many admission departments require test scores to evaluate where a potential student stands academically and if he or she would be a good fit for the school. High school admission tests are typically taken fall or winter of 8th grade and scores are submitted with the school application. Here are the most common high school entrance exams and what you can expect to see on the test.

HSPT: The high school placement test (HSPT) is often required for admission to parochial high schools, or those associated with a church. This multiple-choice test includes five sections on verbal skills, quantitative skills, reading, math, language arts. Click here for additional information.

SSAT: A secondary school admission test (SSAT) score is usually required for admission to private, non-parochial schools. This multiple-choice exam administered to lower and upper-level students includes a verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, math achievement, and essay section. Click here for additional information.

ISEE: An independent school entrance exam (ISEE) score is required for admission to independent middle and high schools. This multiple-choice exam includes four sections: quantitative mathematics, verbal, reading comprehension, and an essay. Click here for additional information.

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