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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 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 unless otherwise noted.

 

Test Dates 2019-2020

ACT
 

2019-2020 Test Dates (National) ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
Sep 14, 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Aug 17 - 30, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2019
Dec 14, 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Nov 9 - 22, 2019
Feb 8, 2020 Jan 10, 2020 Jan 11 - 17, 2020
April 4, 2020 Feb 28, 2020 Feb 29 - Mar 13, 2020
Jun 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9 - 22, 2020
Jul 18, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 Jun 20 - 26, 2020

 

 

SAT
 

2019-2020 Test Dates (National) SAT

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
Aug 24, 2019 Jul 26, 2019 Jul 27 - Aug 13, 2019
Oct 5, 2019 Sep 6, 2019 Sep 7 - 24, 2019
Nov 2, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 4 - 22, 2019
Dec 7, 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Nov 9 - 26, 2019
Mar 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Feb 15 - Mar 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Apr 4 - 21, 2020
Jun 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9 - 27, 2020

 

 

Important Note: In addition to having the opportunity to take these national test dates, all HPA Juniors are required to take the ACT School Day Test and the SAT School Day Test during the Spring Semester. Juniors are automatically registered for these two tests and the costs are covered by 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 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 1020 (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 and 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 Lisa Salazar, our testing coordinator, at lsalazar@hpa.edu

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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