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What Is It
The HSPT examination is a test designed to test prospective high school students and determine their aptitude. The test is composed of five sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math, and language. The test has 298 questions spread out over 140 minutes with two small breaks. Some tests offer optional sections in religion, mechanical aptitude, and science which prospective schools may require.
There are 60 questions in the verbal section, 52 in the quantitative section, 62 in the reading section, 64 math questions, and 60 language questions. All questions are multiple choice and no penalty is given for incorrect answers. One unique feature of this test is that students can only take the test once, unlike the SAT. Since students may only take this exam once, it is imperative that students learn strategies which will maximize their efforts before taking the exam.
How Prep Helps
It is highly recommended that students take HSPT prep classes. These classes not only review concepts that will be tested on the exam but also impart strategies students should use to determine the correct answer if they are unable to solve the problem outright. These strategies and skills are extremely useful outside of the test and have tremendous carryover value into all other school subjects as well as future job interviews and assessments.
While we employ a variety of methodologies and strategies, we emphasize the Socratic method as it helps students think through the logic of each question to find the answers. This method of teaching has future ramifications as it carries over to future classes and helps develop self-reliance amongst students. The strategies we teach for test taking have a large carryover to all other tests taken as well as job interviews.
Customization of Tutoring Courses
Since every student is unique, we tailor each tutoring class to the specific needs of each student. Some students may be advanced in Mathematics but below average in English. In these cases, tutors would adjust the focus of each class to highlight those specific areas. Similarly, students may be great at Math except for one or two concepts which they need reviewing.
We also offer group classes for HSPT Prep.