Entrance Exam Offered on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2021

All eighth graders applying to Brophy's Class of 2025 are required to take an entrance exam. We use the High School Placement Test or “HSPT” entrance exam by Scholastic Testing Services. It is a five-part, multiple-choice test of verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics and language skills. The exam takes approximately 2  1/2 hours and contains about 300 questions designed to see how well an eighth-grade student performs academically. In addition to the HSPT exam, students will also complete a 25-minute writing prompt on the day of the exam - it is not part of the HSPT but part of the Brophy application. Students are allowed to take the exam only once.

We plan to administer the test in person on campus in January 2021 adhering to all safety and social distance protocols. Please contact our office if your son requires online testing. 

A completed online application along with advanced registration (see below) reserves your seat for the Entrance Exam.  If you plan to take the exam on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, then the online application must be completed by Jan. 8. If you are taking the exam on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, then the online application must be completed by Jan. 22. The remaining required application documents such as recommendation forms and transcripts can be turned in as late as Jan. 29.

Click HERE to register for Jan. 9, 2021 Exam
Click HERE to register for Jan. 23, 2021 Exam

IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE THE ENTRANCE EXAM AT A DIFFERENT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, please make sure that you include the Brophy registration code on your scantron (you will receive instructions that morning) to ensure that we receive your test results in a timely fashion. Contact the other school directly for information (date and cost) on taking the exam there.
Please note: Extended time and other accommodations for the required HSPT Entrance Exam offered at Brophy on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23 is available to those students who qualify. To receive the additional testing time, an applicant must submit a current IEP (Individualized Educational Program) 504 plan or Student Support Plan describing the specific accommodations. Please contact the Office of Admissions before Christmas to discuss what to expect when extra time is allowed. All conversations, as well as all accommodations given, are confidential.


Answering Your Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What are the details for testing day on Jan. 9, 2021 or Jan. 23, 2021?

    • The exam will take on campus with students assigned to a seat at a testing table with appropriate social distancing. 
    • There will be designated drop-off spots in the South Parking lot. Parents will not wait in line - only students taking the exam. 
    • There will be multiple check-in stations. 
    • Masks are required for all students for the duration of their time on campus, including during the exam. 
    • Check-in will begin around 7:15 a.m. Please arrive no later than 7:40 a.m.
    • If you would like to bring your own pencils, make sure they are of the No. 2 variety, otherwise, Brophy will provide pencils.
    • Bring a refillable water bottle and snack. 
    • NO CALCULATORS.
    • Dress comfortably - there is no dress code.
    • The exam takes approximately three hours. Your son will be done between 11-11:30 a.m.
    • Since each of the five sections is timed, he may want to bring a book to read to keep himself busy between sections.
    • Results will be mailed AFTER admission decisions are made in March.
  • Q When will I get the HSPT results?

    Families can request results in mid to late March, after decisions are made.
  • Q Do I have to register for the entrance exam?

    You should register for either Jan. 9 or Jan. 23 using the registration links on this page. In addition, you must complete the online application and pay the $80 fee at least one day prior to test day. If you need a fee waiver, please contact our office. 
  • Q Does Brophy run out of seats/space for the Entrance Exam?

    All students who register in advance AND complete the online application at least one day prior to the Entrance Exam will have a seat on test day. We do not run out of room or seats on test day.
  • Q Is it better to take the Entrance Exam on the first testing date on Jan. 9?

    Students may take the exam on either Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 or Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. The test is exactly the same (although we do change the Brophy writing prompt). Students are allowed to take the test only once.
  • Q What do I need to bring to the Entrance Exam?

    We will provide pencils and scratch paper. We suggest you bring a refillable water bottle and snack. There is no dress code.
  • Q Do I have to take the test at Brophy, or can I take it at the Catholic high school closest to my house?

    All Catholic schools in Phoenix administer the same exam at the same times, on the same dates. You need to take the exam in one place only and scores can be shared with the other schools to which you are applying. If you plan to take the exam at a Catholic high school other than Brophy, please contact them about their registration process. Each school handles it differently. 
  • Q Should my son prepare for the exam?

    Parents often call us asking us about exam preparation. Many students take the exam with no preparation as it is a standardized test designed for subject matter and skills learned by eighth grade. Some parents purchase review books that provide sample HSPT exams. There are many different books out there by the popular test review companies like Princeton Review, Barron’s, Peterson’s Publishing, Kaplan, McGraw-Hill, etc. They can all be purchased online or at local bookstores. A few students choose to take a review course provided by local commercial test preparation companies. If you would like more information, please contact our office.