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High School Placement Test

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a standardized multiple-choice test (with a short essay) designed to evaluate applicants' basic cognitive and math skills. Students need not study for the exam; the best prep is a good night’s sleep.

Most incoming freshmen applicants must take the HSPT when applying to La Salle. Students with learning differences qualify for extended time for the HSPT and families are asked to submit a current 504, IEP, and/or any cognitive and/or neuro-psychological reports to help us learn more about a student's learning needs. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

La Salle will administer the HSPT on December 2 and 3. (Choose the best day that works for your family.)

Registration is open. Please create your admissions account. You can register for the HSPT, Open House, Falcon for a Day, and more from your admissions account.

The test will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete. There is a $25 fee for the test.

Questions? Contact 503.496.1740 or

Test Day Schedule:

Students check in, go to their assigned classroom

Complete a brief essay (15 minutes)

Verbal Skills test (18 minutes)

 Quantitative Skills test (30 minutes)

Short Break

 Reading test (25 minutes)

Full Break

 Mathematics test (45 minutes)

Short Break

 Language Arts test (25 minutes)


Additional Information

  • La Salle will provide pencils and a snack for all students.
  • Calculators are not allowed during the test.
  • HSPT scores will be mailed to students and families approximately three weeks after the test date. La Salle will keep a copy of test results in the Office of Admissions.
  • Please indicate on your registration form if you’d like your test scores sent to other Portland-area Catholic high schools.
  • The HSPT is a snapshot of a student's progress in the middle of 8th grade. The admissions process relies heavily on middle school transcripts, teacher recommendations, and the application for admission and does not make decisions based on HSPT results.