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The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires all 8th grade applicants to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).  

Students may take the test at any participating Catholic high school and indicate on the registration form three high schools in which to send your test scores. McNicholas High School is a testing site.

Deadline to register: November 20
Accommodation Request Deadline: November 2
HSPT Registration

Students sign-up for the HSPT through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's registration portal. Confirmation emails will be sent from Scholastic Testing Services (STS).

Registration for the HSPT opens August 1. Test registration fee is $30.  

Register for hspt 

Accommodation Requests 
Students requesting accommodations on the HSPT must indicate the request when registering online, submit the accommodation plan to the testing site coordinator, and submit an approval form signed by your grade/middle school principal.  Deadline for accommodation requests: November 2, 2025.
HSPT Prep Course / Diagnostic Test - Fall 2024

This 4-day course, held on Saturdays in the fall, will help 8th graders prepare for the High School Placement Test. The course will focus on test-taking skills, strategies, and timing while reviewing the content covered in the five sections of the test.  Dates: October 19 and 26 and November 2 and 9 from 9:30am - 12:00pm each day.

Diagnostic Test - October 12
Through a full length HSPT diagnostic test, students will receive a performance evaluation and independent study plan. This is an excellent opportunity for students to identify areas for improvement and refine strategies for future success.  This test is offered on Saturday, October 12 from 9:30am - 12:30pm and can be taken with or without the HSPT Prep Course. 
HSPT Testing Day Details

On Saturday, Nov. 23, testing check-in starts at 7:45 a.m., with the test beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. Enter through our main lobby doors facing Beechmont Avenue. After check-in, where you will be given your registration and room numbers, one of our student ambassadors will escort you to your testing room.

All supplies, including pencils, will be provided. No calculators are permitted for the test. We will have a break mid-way through the test and McNicholas will supply water bottles and a snack. If you prefer to bring your own snack, please feel free to do so. 

We anticipate the testing to conclude at approximately 11:30-11:45 a.m. Students will exit the building through our courtyard. Please park in our main lot adjacent to Beechmont Avenue (by the electronic sign) where you will be able to see your student exiting the doors through the courtyard. Our address is 6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

If you have questions about testing day, please email All students will be emailed HSPT results from Scholastic Testing Services on Jan. 17, 2025.

Testing Accommodations: All students who have requested accommodations for the HSPT will be contacted by Katie Hambly, Director of Curriculum, with more information and an estimated end time for student pick up. Questions about HSPT accommodations may be directed to

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We love McNick! The sense of community, faith based education, collective leadership of the school, longevity of key teachers, and focus on communication in classes were the top reasons we chose to send our sons here.Amie, parent of Class of '24 and '26