Merit scholarships are offered to more than 30 students with the top scores on the placement tests.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)

The initial step for an eighth-grade student wishing to apply to Hoban is to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The test is one of the tools the Admission Review Committee uses to evaluate each applicant. Hoban uses the placement test both as an entrance exam and as one common data source for all incoming freshmen. Transfer students do not need to take a placement test.

The HSPT is also used to award the prestigious Blessed Basil Moreau, Fr. Dujarie, and St. André Bessette Placement Test Scholarships to incoming freshmen. These students, who score between the 90th and 99th percentiles on the HSPT, receive renewable scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $7,000. In addition, incoming freshmen with scores between the 80th and 89th percentiles are awarded the renewable $2,000 St. Joseph Merit Scholarship.

Parents are welcome to attend our Hoban Information Session at 9 a.m. in our Moreau Ministry Hall while students are testing on each test date. Information about our Holy Cross tradition, the application process, and financial aid will be provided. Registration for this information session will be available on the same registration form for the HSPT. 

2023 HSPT Placement Test Dates

Registration will open on Aug. 15, 2023.

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Saturday, October 14, 2023, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    (This test date is specifically for students who qualify to receive testing accommodations.)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, 8 a.m. - Noon
    (The Dec. 9 test date will only be used for admission purposes.) 

Testing Accommodations:

Students who have a documented IEP or Service Plan that states the need for specific testing accommodations must submit a copy of their IEP or Service Plan when registering for a HSPT testing date. 
Please note: Testing Accommodations will be given on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Kristan Heller

Register for the HSPT