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 Aspire test.
- All sophomores take ACT's Aspire test and the College Board’s PSAT.
- 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 the Aspire tests, the PSAT, and the Junior Year ACT and SAT as these registration fees 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 2017-2018
Please note that the February, June and July ACT tests are not offered at HPA's campus.
Please note that the June SAT tests is not offered at HPA's campus
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 1020 (510 Critical Reading / 510 Math 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 Reading and Writing / 510 Mathematics ) or an ACT Composite Score of 22. All colleges take either the ACT or the SAT.
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 “SAT an ACT Comparison Chart” to decide which test to focus on and which test to submit to colleges.
If you have more questions about standardized testing, please contact the College Counseling Center.
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.