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Entrance Exam

All 8th grade students interested in enrolling at McNicholas are required to take the High School Placement Test.  

Testing location: McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

Official Exam Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Eligible for merit scholarships)

Official Make-up Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Eligible for merit scholarships)

Exam for Late Prospective Students: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (Not eligible for merit scholarships)

This exam is only for students who did not apply in the fall for an on-time admissions decision. Since this is outside of the official test window, we will only be administering this test to students who are applying to McNicholas High School. If you are not applying to McNicholas, but interested in another Catholic high school, please contact that high school to coordinate a test date.  


Cost: $30 
How to register: Please register online 72 hours prior to the test using the Entrance Exam Registration Form


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the test last? 
A: The test should take approximately 2 ½ hours to complete.

Q: How can I prepare for the test? 
A: Test preparation occurs on a daily basis through the normal eighth grade curriculum, by practicing mental math skills, and by reading above grade level. However, some students are interested in further preparation for the HSPT. To become familiar with the types of questions found on the HSPT, you can Preview the Test.

Q: Does McNicholas High School offer HSPT Prep Classes? 
A: McNicholas High School collaborates with Crescendo Cincinnati to offer HSPT Prep Classes. Click here for more information.

Q: How do I request test accommodations? 
A: Contact your grade school intervention specialist and/or principal for the request form. Your grade school principal must submit the request, along with current documentation (IEP, ISP, 504, etc.) two weeks prior to the test. Please note that the student must have a current, formalized IEP, ISP or 504 outlining the needed accommodation for approval. No exceptions. The deadline is important to ensure we have adequate staffing available for the test day.

Q: Does it matter where I take the HSPT? 
A: No. One of the reasons we give a standard test for all Archdiocesan schools is so that students only need to take one test. No preferential treatment will be given to students based on where they take their test by any school.

Q: How do I select which schools to receive my score? 
A: On the morning of the exam, students will be provided with a sheet where they can select which schools they want to receive their scores. As part of the $30 registration fee, you have the option of sending scores to four schools of your choice.

Q: Will my acceptance to and/or placement at McNicholas High School be based solely on the test scores? 
A: No. We take into consideration your test scores, along with your application and grade school records. Even after these recommendations are made, parents and students also have a voice in final class placement decisions.

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