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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 2018-2019

ACT
 

2018-2019 Test Dates (National) ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
Sep 8th, 2018 Aug 12th, 2018 Aug 13th-26th, 2018
Oct 27th, 2018 Sep 28th, 2018 Sep 29th-Oct 14th, 2018
Dec 8th, 2018 Nov 2nd, 2018 Nov 3rd-19th, 2018
Feb 9th, 2019 Jan 11th, 2019 Jan 12th-18th, 2019
April 13th, 2019* Mar 8th, 2019 Mar 9th-25th, 2019
Jun 8th, 2019* May 3rd, 2019 May 4th-20th, 2019
Jul 13th, 2019* Jun 14th, 2019 Jun 15th-24th, 2019

 

 

SAT
 

2018-2019 Test Dates (National) SAT

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
Aug 25th, 2018 Jul 27th, 2018 Aug 15th, 2018
Oct 6th, 2018 Sep 7th, 2018 Sep 26th, 2018
Nov 3rd, 2018 Oct 5th, 2018 Oct 24th, 2018
Dec 1st, 2018 Nov 2nd, 2018 Nov 20th, 2018
Mar 9th, 2019 Feb 8th, 2019 Feb 27th, 2019
May 4th, 2019 Apr 5th, 2019 Apr 24th, 2019
Jun 1st, 2019* May 3rd, 2019 May 22nd, 2019

 

* These tests are not administered 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 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 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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