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HSPT Entrance Exam

High School Placement Test

The High School Placement Test for 8th grade students during the 2021-22 school year will take place

Saturday, November 20, 2021

All students are required to take the HSPT as part of their application to McNicholas High School. Registration will open this summer through an Archdiocese of Cincinnati central scheduling system.  McNicholas High School will be a testing site. 



JUNE 2021

THE HSPT IS BACK! Get ready for Catholic high school admissions with Crescendo Test Prep (an affiliate of the University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity program). Our instructors have been preparing students for the HSPT, ACT and SAT since 2001, and we bring to your student the best evidence-based test-taking strategies, content review, and kinesthetic learning around town.

This camp simulates the two and a half hours that the HSPT takes to complete, and we also include learning games, question-type drill work, and differentiated instruction to accommodate the learning styles of the group during each camp week. This camp is, in total, 2 hours longer than what is offered during the school year so that “homework” can be completed during the camp time. Opportunities for further improvement through daily independent study will be offered, though not required for completion prior to the next camp day. Your student will receive an HSPT test prep manual and independent study guide that will lead him/ her through exercises and practice up to the November test date.

Take advantage of the pre and/or post camp full length HSPT diagnostic testing, which is scored promptly (before the beginning of an enrolled camp for the pre-test and within 10 days for the post-test). Your student’s detailed score report includes a performance evaluation and independent study plan to continue working on skills and test taking strategies. Your student will be able to take home the full copy of the diagnostic test on test day. Their answer sheet will be returned along with the score report and independent study plan. This test copy will be a good source of review for the student as they continue their preparation.

Visit our Summer Camp Guide for dates and to REGISTER.

If you have questions about the HSPT camp or diagnostic offerings, please contact Crescendo Cincinnati’s Director, Emily Aleshire Mulvey, at 513-515-1497 or crescendotestprep@

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