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Standardized Testing

HPA uses a comprehensive testing program to assist with the assessment of our students' academic progress and to satisfy college entrance requirements. The typical sequence for testing in the high school is as follows:

- All freshmen take ACT's EXPLORE test.
- All sophomores take ACT's PLAN test.
- All juniors take the ACT, the PSAT, and the SAT.
- Seniors take additional ACT and SAT tests if appropriate.
- Students may also take SAT II Subject tests if appropriate or required.

There are no additional fees for taking these tests as they are covered by HPA's cost of attendance. In addition to these tests, many HPA students also take AP exams and our international students take the TOEFL. All tests are administered on our upper school campus.

Test Dates 2015-2016

Test

Test Date

Registration Deadline


Late Registration Deadline

Notes


ACT

2015

9/12


8/7


8/21


NOT AT HPA

SAT I/II

10/3

9/3

9/22


PSAT

10/14

8/28 for Sophomores


All Juniors and

Signed-Up Sophomores

ASPIRE

10/14



All Freshmen

ACT

10/24

9/18

10/2


SAT I/II

11/7

10/9

10/27


SAT I/II

12/5

11/5

11/23


ACT

12/12

11/6

11/20


SAT I/II

2016

1/23


12/28/15


1/12


All Juniors

ACT

2/6

1/8

1/15

All Juniors

SAT

3/5

2/5

2/23


ACT

4/9

3/4

3/18


SAT I/II

5/7

4/8

4/26


SAT I/II

6/4

5/5

5/25

NOT AT HPA

ACT

6/11

5/6

5/20

NOT AT HPA

What is an adequate score on the SAT or ACT?

This answer really depends on the student and his or her college goals. A good benchmark to consider is that the national average on the SAT is a 1500 (500 Critical Reading / 500 Math / 500 Writing) or an ACT Composite Score of 21. It is also important to note that the University of Hawai`i - Manoa requires an SAT score of 1530 (510 Critical Reading / 510 Math / 510 Writing) or an ACT Composite Score of 22.

Since all HPA juniors take both tests and all colleges accept both tests, our students can choose to use either test score when it comes time for college admissions. Students should use the Official ACT SAT Concordance Table to compare their test scores.

If you have more questions about standardized testing, please review our "Common Questions" or contact the College Counseling Center.

Important Websites

ACT - the official site of the ACT. It includes college searches, online applications, advice and timelines, financial aid information and estimator, and lots of information on the ACT tests.

SAT - College Board - The official site for SAT, PSAT and AP programs. It includes college searches, online applications, advice and timelines, financial aid information and estimator, and lots of information on the SAT tests.

Number 2.com - a great site that offers free SAT and ACT test preparation practice.

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