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Placement Exam and Review Course

All current 8th grade students who have submitted applications for the 2017-2018 school year and have turned in their $60 application fees are automatically registered to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The test begins at 8 am and will be done by 12:30 pm. We will be accepting applications and the application fees on the morning of January 28th. Please arrive for check-in at the front of the school (off of Antonio Parkway) no later than 7:45 am so that the exam may start on time.
All testing materials will be supplied, including a snack. No calculators are allowed. The exam is made up of 5 multiple choice sections (3 language arts and 2 mathematics) plus a written essay. The results of the exam are used to help place students into their freshman math, science, and English classes.
Students with a current IEP or a documented learning challenge are eligible for extended testing time. For more information, please contact our Auxiliary Studies Office at 949-766-6000, ext. 1085.
To begin an application for the 2017-2018 school year (Freshman Class of 2021),

Santa Margarita Catholic High School is offering a preparation  seminar for the upcoming High School Placement Test (HSPT).
In addition to reviewing the English and Math components of the exam, the course will give students a better understanding of the following: 
  • How to approach a standardized test. 
  • How to work through a question most logically.
  • How to avoid being sidetracked by tricky questions.
  • Review of basic concepts and principles.
Review Course Dates     
The HSPT Review courses are currently full.  If you are interested in being placed on a wait-list, please contact Roza McCartan at 766-6090 or email



*Registration and enrollment in this course does NOT include registration for the actual placement test. To register for the placement exam, students must  begin an application for the 2017-2018 school year (Freshman Class of 2021). See information above for details.