HSPT overview, background information about Victor and common questions to ask potential tutors for the HSPT or High School Placement Test for the South Bay Cities of Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes. We also cover most areas of Torrance and Manhattan Beach for in home tutoring for the HSPT.
- Eight hours of tutoring minimum are recommended to cover all the test strategies. Some families prefer more sessions for additional practice.
- Tutoring covers test strategies specific to the HSPT and ISEE (the two tests are similar) and academic content, e.g., algebra, vocabulary, reading comprehension.
- HSPT sections: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Skills, Math Skills, and Language Expression Skills.
- ISEE sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Math Achievement, Essay. Note, the essay is not scored but is used by private schools as a timed writing sample.
- Tutoring sessions start at 1 hour and progress to 1.5 hours in order to build students' mental stamina. Sessions are usually once per week.
- The HSPT and ISEE are 2.5 hours and 2.75 hours respectively.
- Homework is assigned after each session and should require about 1-1.5 hours weekly.
- At least two full timed practice tests will be assigned prior to the actual HSPT or ISEE. We will score the tests and generate detailed score reports.
Q- What are the differences between the HSPT and ISEE?
A- The two tests are very similar and cover the same general topics. The ISEE includes a timed essay which is not factored into the score but is used by high schools as a timed writing sample.
Q- Should my student take the HSPT diagnostic test if she is planning to take the ISEE?
A- Yes, she can still benefit from taking the HSPT to establish a baseline score and determine what she must study before taking the actual ISEE. We can also recommend the most accurate books for ISEE prep.
Q- What do private high schools do with the HSPT and ISEE scores?
A- The test scores are an element of your student's school application, however, they are not weighed as heavily as GPA and middle school transcripts. The test scores are also used to determine class placement, e.g. regular vs. honors, algebra vs. geometry. Some high schools may offer additional English and Math placement tests, so preparing for the HSPT or ISEE would still be helpful in learning test-taking skills and placing into the appropriate class level.
Q- What is the HSPT designed to measure?
A- The HSPT measures intellectual abilities such as reading comprehension, the use of math equations, and critical thinking, all of which students must have a firm grasp upon before entering high school. The HSPT also measures test-taking skills such as guessing strategies and time management.
Q- Should my student prepare in advance for the HSPT or ISEE?
A- We highly recommend that every eighth grader prepare for either test by studying independently or through tutoring. Test-taking is a skill which can be learned and is necessary for your student's entire educational career. We are happy to recommend the optimal books for studying independently.
Daniel and I are professional tutors based in Torrance with over 10 years of combined tutoring experience helping students from grades 6 through 12 and undergraduates. We are UCLA alumni and have guided students in various academic subjects such as math, science, English, and standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, HSPT, and ISEE.
We work primarily as private one-on-one tutors which enables us to customize our approaches to teaching successful strategies based upon each student's learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. We have also taught full test prep classes at high schools and small groups from 2 to 6 students.
In 2010, I created a nonprofit SAT prep program with eight tutors for King Drew Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles using my proven test prep curriculum. My recent students have earned admission to schools such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Boston College.
Questions to Ask Prospective Tutors or Companies:
- What are the qualifications of the tutor that will work with my student?
- How long has the tutor been working with middle school students?
- How long has the tutor been tutoring standardized test strategies?
- How many hours of tutoring is recommended at a minimum to prepare for the HSPT?
- Do you provide discounted rates for groups of two or three students?
- Would the tutor work with my child at my home?
- What books and tools (e.g. whiteboard, visual aids) does the tutor employ?
- What homework and practice tests will be assigned to gauge my child's progress?
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South Bay Tutors Team