High School Placement Test

All eighth grade students interested in applying for admission to The Summit are required to take The High School Placement Test (HSPT).

The placement test for the 2019-20 school year will be held on Nov. 17, 2018. If you have questions, please call Brandon Lorentz, Assistant Director of Admission for Upper School and International Students, at 513-871-4700 x278 or email him at lorentz_b@summitcds.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the test last? 
A: The test should take approximately 2½ hours to complete.

Q: Does Summit offer HSPT Prep Classes? 
A: The Summit offers a preparation course which focuses on test-taking strategies and content area instruction. Students will have some work to prepare in between the scheduled class times. All instructional sessions will be at The Summit under the direction and supervision of Upper School Guidance Counselor Michael Fee and other teaching specialists in the area of math and language arts. Get more information and register at the Summit Summer web page.

Q: How do I request test accommodations? 
A: Please see the HSPT Statement on Accommodations and the HSPT Accommodations Authorization Form. Your grade school principal must submit the request, along with current documentation (IEP, ISP, 504, etc.) no later than Nov. 2, 2018. Please note that the student must have a current, formalized IEP, ISP or 504 outlining the needed accommodation for approval. 

Q: Does it matter where I take the HSPT? 
A: No, students may take the test at any school in the area that administers it. We suggest that students go to the school closest to them given the early morning testing time.

Q: How do I select which schools to receive my scores? 
A: On the morning of the exam, students will be provided with a form where they can select which schools they want to receive their scores. As part of the $30 registration fee, you have the option of sending scores to three schools of your choice.

Q: Will my acceptance to The Summit be based solely on the test scores? 
A: No, in addition to test scores we consider the application, teacher and principal recommendations, and shadow day interview along with grade school records.

HSPT Course

The Summit offers a preparation course which focuses on test-taking strategies and content area instruction. Students will have some work to prepare in between the scheduled class times. All instructional sessions will be at The Summit under the direction and supervision of Upper School Guidance Counselor Michael Fee and other teaching specialists in the area of math and language arts. Attendees in the course averaged a percentile score of 84th percentile and 58 percent of the attendees scored 90th percentile and above.

Registration and payment for the HSPT Prep Course is done through a secure online portal. Parents must first set up an account on this portal before registering a student. Registration for the actual test is through an online portal, but payment is made via check. Details about payment are available upon registration.

HSPT Schedule

The Summit offers two sessions for the HSPT course. Get more information and register at the Summit Summer web page.

Session I
Dates: July 30, Aug. 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10.
Fee: $350

Session II
Dates: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3. 9 a.m.-noon
Fee: $350