Practice Exams

We have practice exams for the current 7th graders (and any 6th or 5th graders who would like to start early) for the TACHS, HSPT, SHSAT, ISEE, and high school admissions exams. All students take a practice test before our first lesson. This initial assessment helps us group similar students with similar goals as well as to compare to all future practice tests.

We design the homework for each group around the types of problems they solved least accurately compared to all of our past students on that exam.

We will have additional practice tests every four to ten weeks until the real tests to evaluate progress and get students as accustomed to the format of the exam as possible.

Difficult Practice Exams that Simulate the Real Admissions Exams

Most 7th graders score very poorly on their first practice test as they need to master the material much better and adapt to the speed. Too many students just memorize material for school exams and then forget it. They need to incorporate it into their long-term memory so they can quickly recall it for an exam and build other more complex skills on top of this foundation. One of our goals in lessons is to instill this idea in preparation for these exams. These tests will evaluate how much of the information has been retained from school so that we can create an optimal plan for each student.

The average of over 500 7th graders who have taken our First Test without preparation is in the low 60s.

During the height of the pandemic, it dipped to 58.7%. Students’ first HSPT without preparation is typically lower, as are the SHSAT scores. No student has ever come close to scoring 100% on one of our exams. These practice assessments are very difficult and give a large advantage over the rest of the students, who will be relatively unprepared without taking as many practice tests.

For example, as of 2022, 95% of our past students who took our first 5 HSPTs and prepared in a group weekly earned a scholarship to a high school or an interview to Regis, regardless of their practice scores.

Some of the students with the highest practice tests scores by the end of high school admissions prep earned hundreds of thousands in scholarships each.

$5.7 Million in 2024 with 23 Regis Semifinalists 2024

Over $22 Million in Scholarships including 82 Regis Semifinalists since 2015

After they take their real exams, we ask students how close they were to the practice exams. Most say they are very similar in difficulty and usually the exact same format. Yearly, we adjust the tests to match any changes.

Exam Comparisons

Comparison of the format and types of questions on the HSPT, SHSAT, and TACHS

Comparison of the format and types of questions on the ISEE and HSPT

Comparison of the format and types of questions on the SSAT and HSPT

Comparing the College Entrance Exams: SAT vs ACT

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HSPT, SHSAT, TACHS, ISEE, SSAT Practice Exam Schedule

 

First Practice Test for New 6th and 7th Grade Students from December through May

  • December 2, 2023
  • December 3, 2023
  • December 17, 2023
  • January 6 and January 21, 2024
  • February 3 and February 18, 2024
  • March 2 and March 17, 2024
  • April 6 and April 21, 2024
  • May 4 and May 19, 2024

HSPT Practice Exam Schedule

 

  • Krypton – March 10 and March 16, 2024
  • Bromine – May 12 and May 18, 2024
  • Selenium – July 14 and July 20, 2024
  • Arsenic – August 25 and August 31, 2024
  • Germanium – October 6 and 12, 2024
  • Gallium or Krypton – November 16, 2024

SHSAT Practice Test Schedule

 

  • Argon – February 10, 2024
  • Chlorine – April 14 and April 20, 2024
  • Sulfur – June 9 and June 15, 2024
  • Phosphorus – August 4 and August 10, 2024
  • Silicon – September 8 and 14, 2024
  • Aluminum – October 20 and October 26, 2024

TACHS Practice Exam Schedule

  • Neon – June 2 and June 8, 2024
  • Fluorine – July 7 and July 13, 2024
  • Oxygen – September 1 and September 7, 2024
  • Nitrogen – October 5 and October 13, 2024

ISEE Practice Exam Schedule

  • Xenon – September 21, 2024

SSAT Practice Test Schedule

  • TBD

 

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is for Staten Island Tech, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and other specialized high schools.

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is for Regis and the scholarship exam for Xavier, Xaverian, St. Peter’s Prep NJ, Loyola, Fordham Prep, and similar to the scholarship exam for other high schools.

The Test for Admission to Catholic High School (TACHS) is the admission and scholarship exam for St. Joseph by the Sea, Monsignor Farrell, St. Peter’s, Staten Island, Moore, and many other Catholic high schools. It is also the admissions (not scholarship) exam for Xaverian, Hill, St. Edmund’s and many other high schools.

You can register for all high school admissions practice tests for the year below. We offer every evaluation on a Saturday or Sunday. Our schedule for the year is as follows:

Practice Exams 2024

First Practice Assessment – December 2023 – May 2024 – First practice exams for new students. Students can join afrer this by registering for their respective practice exams below. There will be multiple offerings of this test including the following dates:

  • TACHS Exam Fluorine – July 7, 2024
  • TACHS Exam Fluorine – July 13, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Selenium – July 14, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Selenium – July 20, 2024
  • SHSAT Phosphorus – August 4, 2024
  • SHSAT Phosphorus – August 10, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Arsenic – August 25, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Arsenic – August 31, 2024
  • TACHS Exam Oxygen – September 1, 2024
  • TACHS Exam Oxygen – September 7, 2024
  • SHSAT Silicon – September 8, 2024
  • SHSAT Silicon – September 14, 2024
  • ISEE Exam Xenon – September 21, 2024
  • TACHS Exam Nitrogen – October 5, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Germanium – October 6, 2024
  • HSPT Exam Germanium – October 12, 2024 – Last practice exams before the real Regis test and Xavier scholarship exam
  • TACHS Exam Nitrogen – October 13, 2024 – Last practice exams before the real Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools
  • SHSAT Aluminum – October 20, 2024
  • SHSAT Aluminum – October 26, 2024 – Last practice exam before the real Specialized High School Admissions Test
  • HSPT Exam Gallium or Krypton- November 16, 2024 – Last practice exam before the real Xaverian, Fontbonne, Hill, and most scholarship exams

Practice Exams 2025

  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – November 2, 2024 (all tests December – May are identical and the student does not need to take this more than once)
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – December 1, 2024 (all tests December – May are identical and the student does not need to take this more than once)
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – December 21, 2024
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – January 4, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – January 19, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – February 1, 2025
  • SHSAT Argon – February 8, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – February 16, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – March 1, 2025 (all tests December – May are identical and the student does not need to take this more than once)
  • HSPT Exam Krypton – March 9, 2025
  • HSPT Exam Krypton – March 15, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – March 16, 2025 (identical to December – May First Tests)
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – April 5, 2025 (identical to December – May First Tests)
  • SHSAT Chlorine – April 13, 2025
  • SHSAT Chlorine – April 19, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders – April 20, 2025 (identical to December – May First Tests)
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders  – May 3, 2025 (identical to December – May First Tests)
  • HSPT Exam Bromine – May 11, 2025
  • HSPT Exam Bromine – May 17, 2025
  • First High School Entrance Practice Test for 6th and 7th graders  – May 18, 2025 (identical to December – May First Tests)
  • TACHS Exam Neon – June 1, 2025
  • TACHS Exam Neon – June 7, 2025
  • SHSAT Sulfur – June 8, 2025
  • SHSAT Sulfur – June 14, 2025

All practice tests are free with continuous group lesson subscription through credit card, Venmo, PayPal, Cashapp, or Zelle. Students who join In August or prior will be able to take all relevant practice tests they missed.

To start lessons, register your new student for the next relevant exam below.