Thank you to everyone who took the 2021 HSPT Entrance Exam.

Entrance Exam Offered 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 ½ 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.

Two Testing Options Includes *NEW* Online Option
Students will have the option to take the test in person on Brophy's campus on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23, or at home online on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23. Both exams are the same. For students who take the exam on campus at Brophy, we will be observing strict campus protocols for social distancing and all students will be required to wear a mask. To take the online exam at home, you must have a reliable computer/device and stable, high-speed internet. 

A completed online application along with advanced registration (see above) reserves your seat for the Entrance Exam. If you plan to take the HSPT Entrance Exam in-person on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, then the admissions application must be completed by Jan. 8. If you are taking the HSPT Entrance Exam in-person on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, then the admissions application must be completed by Jan. 22. Students taking the HSPT Online Entrance Exam must submit the admissions application at least three days before the exam so a testing ID and password can be created. The remaining required application documents such as recommendation forms and transcripts can be turned in as late as Jan. 29. 

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 are 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 Admissions Office 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 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What are the details for HSPT Entrance Exam (in person) on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23, 2021?

    • The exam on campus will use appropriate social distancing protocols and students will be assigned a seat. 
    • 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 by Harper Great Hall. 
    • Masks are required for all students for the duration of their time on campus, including during the exam. 
    • Check-in will begin around 7:20 a.m. Please arrive no later than 7:45 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 are allowed.
    • 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 available in early March after admission decisions are made.
  • Q What are the details for the HSPT Online Entrance Exam on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23, 2021?

    The HSPT Online Entrance Exam is done at home. You must have a reliable computer/device and stable, high-speed internet. If you do not have reliable internet or a computer at home, we strongly suggest you take the exam in person on Brophy's campus.

    Brophy will email your unique testing student ID, password and instructions three to five days prior to the exam. Students will also be expected to watch a 30-minute virtual seminar a few days before the exam that will cover the details of the testing interface and how to take the online test. 

    Your access to the HSPT Online exam opens at 9 a.m. on testing day. The exam includes approximately 2 ½ hours of timed testing with two short breaks. The HSPT will remain open until 1 p.m.
  • Q Do I have to register for the entrance exam?

    You should register to take either the HSPT Entrance Exam (In Person) or HSPT Online Exam on Jan. 9 or Jan. 23 using the registration links on this page. In addition, you must complete the admissions application and pay the $80 fee 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 prior to the HSPT 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, 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 testing supplies do I need for the HSPT Entrance Exam?

    For the HSPT Entrance Exam (In Person), we will provide pencils and scratch paper. We suggest you bring a refillable water bottle and snack. No calculators are allowed.

    For the HSPT Online Entrance Exam, you will need a pencil and a blank sheet of scratch paper. No calculators are allowed. 
  • 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 that school about its registration process. Each school handles test registration 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. 
  • Q When will I get the HSPT results?

    Families can request results in early March, after decisions are made.