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Entrance Exam


Required for all 8th Grade Applicants

Entrance Exam - Details

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*Reserve your spot on your online application to SI and submit by Nov. 15*
(Please bring two #2 pencils)

SI can accommodate up to 700 applicants to St. Ignatius College Preparatory, who submitted their Admissions application by the November 15th deadline, for the December 7, 2024 testing date at SI. The applicant indicates the exam location and date on the Entrance Exam Reservation Form included as part of the online application to St. Ignatius College Preparatory. We encourage those students who are applying to other Catholic schools administering the HSPT (Archbishop Riordan High School, Junipero Serra High School, Mercy High School Burlingame, Notre Dame High School Belmont, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory) to take the test at the other Catholic schools. All schools who administer the HSPT will share results with each other. The location of where an applicant takes the HSPT will have no bearing on the admissions decision. Applicants choosing to take the exam at another Catholic High School (where they have submitted an application) are responsible for making a reservation with that high school.


Entrance Exam: What to Know  (click here for more details on the Entrance Exam)

Note: The Admissions Office needs to receive the HSPT scores no later than January 10, 2025 or the admissions process will be held up for that applicant.

The Entrance Exam (HSPT) results will be provided with your Admissions Notification letter.


Applicants with a documented learning difference or other diagnosis may be eligible for extended time testing at SI on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024. Please upload your diagnostic report in the "High School Placement Test" section of the online Admissions application. Only applicants who upload their documentation to their Admissions application will be considered for extended time on the HSPT and accommodations through our CATS center if admitted to St. Ignatius. The Admissions application (with your uploaded documents) must be submitted by the November 15th deadline in order to be eligible for extended time testing at SI on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024. 

If you need assistance, please contact the SI Admissions Office.