TAKING THE EXAM
How long is the exam?
Plan on about 3.5 hours for testing. Students whose IEPs require additional testing time will be given the additional time specified in their IEP.
I am also taking the HSPT for admission to an Archdiocese school. Do I still have the take the test with DPSCD?
Yes. DPSCD requires all applicants to take the HSPT on one of the designated dates.
Does everyone have to take the exam?
Yes. The exam is required for all new examination high school students. An exception is granted for students who are seeking re-entry to an exam high school they previously attended if they left in good standing, ie., they were not dismissed for academic or other reasons and the school has available seats at the grade level sought.
What subjects are on the exam?
Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading (Comprehensive & Vocabulary), Mathematics, Language, Science.
When is the final test administration date for Fall 2019 admissions?
The final test administration will be on July 10, 2020. The application deadline to apply to take this test will be June 29, 2020.
Will there be an opportunity to retake the exam?
No. Students will not be allowed to retake the exam within the same admissions cycle. However, they may participate in the petition process if they did not get a satisfactory placement.
What should I do if I miss the exam?
Students who missed their test date, or need to request an alternate testing date should take this survey. Only students with an application on file may be rescheduled for testing. Requests must be received within 72 hours of the missed test date. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.
Will I have access to my exam score?
Yes. Exam scores will be sent via e-mail for students who meet the first round and second round deadlines. Scores will be sent separately from the acceptance/decline letter.
TAKING THE EXAM – DPSCD STUDENTS
My child is an 8th grader in DPSCD. How does he/she get to take the test?
Eighth graders who attend a District school will take the exam high school admissions test at school during the school day, with the exception of students who are not on track for a Michigan Merit diploma. The test will be administered between November 4 and November 15, 2019.
What if my 8th grader is absent the day their District school offered the exam high school admissions test? What should I do?
Each school should have make-up opportunities. If your child misses them, the District will offer makeup test dates November 23 and December 7, 2019.
District students who missed their test date, or need to request an alternate testing date should take this survey by November 17. Only students with an application on file may be rescheduled for testing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When will testing be offered for current District 9th and 10th grade students?
Students who desire to transfer must complete an application. Testing will be available for 9th and 10th grade students that currently attend a DPSCD school on November 23, 2019, and December 7, 2019. Parents and/or student will be able to choose the date that best works for their schedule during the application process.
If my student currently attends a DPSCD high school, do they need to register for an exam date?
Yes, they will need to complete an application and register for an exam date. They may take the test on November 23 or December 7, 2019, for fall 2020 admission. They make take the December 14 exam for January 2020 admission.
My student currently attends a DPSCD school and took the exam at their school his fall. Can I sign up my student to take the exam again on one of the November and December dates?
No, all students (i.e., current DPSCD students and out of district DPSCD students) will be allowed to take the test only one time per admissions cycle.
TAKING THE ADMISSIONS EXAM – OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENTS
When will testing be offered for students who attend non-DPSCD schools?
There will be two dates when admission testing will be available for students that do not currently attend a DPSCD school. The first will be November 23, 2019, and the second will be December 7, 2019. They make take the December 14 exam for January 2020 admission. Parents and/or student will be able to choose the date that best works for their schedule during the application process.