Course Overview

The HSPT, a one-time exam for 8th graders entering parochial high schools, is used to determine admittance and course placement upon acceptance.   While a good elementary education is the best preparation; Code Play Learn is proud to partner with Paul Wright  to lead our HSPT exam prep to familiarize students with the exam content areas and format of the test.

The HSPT, or the High School Placement Test, which is published by the Scholastic Testing Service, is a multiple choice test consisting of 298 questions divided into five sections. 

Learn more about the test:

  • Verbal Skills 60 questions – 16 minutes

  • Quantitative Skills 52 questions – 30 minutes

  • Reading 62 questions – 25 minutes

  • Mathematics 64 questions – 45 minutes

  • Language Skills 60 questions – 25 minutes

Course sessions will focus on understanding the test sections, formatting of questions, content area testing strategies, and general test taking tips. Instructional time will never be used for testing,  during the course instructional time the instructor will review test taking strategies for the section, skill building techniques, and answer any content area questions. Vocabulary and math skill building will occur throughout the course. 

At the end of each class session, students will receive 1-2 hours of test prep homework.  Code Play Learn cannot promise a higher score or guarantee entrance into a selective high school program.


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Sundays: 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
Thursday 12/5 (2 Days Before The Exam)
Time 5pm-6:30pm

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Course Content Overview

Prior to Session One you will be emailed a practice HSPT exam.  This test should be completed prior to the first day. Families should expect 1 -2 hours a homework a week, parents and students will need to download the Remind app for communication, test questions, and study materials.

Session 1 Review of the HSPT practice exam.  Overview of all content areas of the exam.  

Session 2 Review of Reading and Verbal Skills Content and Strategies

Session 3 Review of Mathematics Content and Strategies

Session 4 Review of Quantitative Content and Strategies

Session 5 Review of Language Arts Content and Strategies

Session 6  This session meets 2 days before the exam.  Overview of testing day, score reports, and last minute questions. 


Code Play Learn cannot promise a higher score or guarantee entrance into a selective high school program. All classes will be held at Code Play Learn located at 132 N. Ridgeland Ave Oak Park IL 60302.  Classes are capped at a max of 12 students.

Find out more about each schools admissions process:

Fenwick |Trinity |St. Ignatius |Nazareth |Benet |Guerin 
Latin (Uses the ISEE Exam) | University of Chicago Lab School (Uses the ISEE Exam)