Study Guides for The HSPT

How to Identify the Best HSPT Study Guide for Yourself?

Students often prefer to prepare for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on their own, because the examination is based mainly on subjects that are taught in school. If you are an eighth grade student, who is soon going to start high-school, then you have to start preparing for the test in all seriousness. Moreover, if you are considering self-study as the method of preparation, then ensure that you have at least one good study guide to help you with your studies.

Review of Some Study Guides

There are a large number of books available in the market and this makes choosing a suitable one more difficult. Thus, to help you in this endeavor the features of some of the better known books are as follows:

  • Barron’s COOP/HSPT/TACHS:

    This study manual provides extensive discussions on all the sections of the test. This book has a separate section comprising only of practice questions. Other than the practice section, it also consists of 2 full-length mock tests. Hence, if you are looking for a study guide that will help you revise all that you have studied in school and also provide you with sufficient amount of practice; then this is the best book for you.

  • Kaplan Catholic High School Entrance Exams:

    This book is ideally suited for students who require a lot of practice. The Kaplan Catholic High School Entrance Exams consists of 6 full-length mock tests. These tests are followed by extensive answer keys that discuss each answer in detail. If you require a book that will teach you the subjects covered in the examination through practice, then this is the best book for you.

  • McGraw-Hill’s Catholic High School Entrance Exams, 3rd Edition:

    Since the publisher of this book is quite renowned and is a well-known name in the field of publication of study guides for various examinations, you can be assured of the authenticity of this book. Along with the full-length mock tests, it comes with extensive discussions on all the topics covered in the HSPT. It also provides guidelines regarding selection of test date, registration process etc. Thus, if you need a book that provides all-inclusive student support, then you can consider purchasing it.

  • Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams 2013 by Peterson:

    This book has a holistic approach towards test preparation. It not only has extensive reviews on the subjects covered in the test, but also a number of practice tests. The answer key, which is an essential part of the text, will help you develop strategies to take the test efficiently. Thus, if you need a study guide that will help you with revision and practice, then this is the ideal book for you.

The above-mentioned list provides reviews of some of the better known study guides for HSPT. Nevertheless, how do you analyze which is the most suitable book for you? The following section of this article will answer the question.

Understanding Your Requirements

Before you purchase any study guide, you should have a thorough understanding of your requirements. For example, if you are looking for a book that will provide you with a lot of practice, then you should purchase a book that has a number of full-length mock tests.

A good method of analyzing your requirements is by browsing through some study guides and finding out the unique features of each of them. You can do so by browsing through books online or checking out your local book store. Other than that, you should also check out the guide books available in your community library.

Following a Study Guide

Once you have chosen the study guide that meets most of your requirements, you should follow the book closely. Study all the topics covered in the text thoroughly and solve all the practice tests. The reviews mentioned in the first section of this article will make the selection process simpler. So, choose the books only after you have personally checked out some of them and adhere strictly to the instructions given in them.