Entrance Exam: Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m.


Enter through the Student Entrance. Two #2 pencils and $25 cash or check made payable to Regina Dominican are required for the exam. You cannot use a calculator during the mathematics section.

Anyone requesting extended time should submit proper documentation (click here) to the director of student services at pcaine@rdpanthers.org.

Students should bring the following information to Regina either before, or on testing day:

  1. A copy of their seventh-grade report card/or transcript
  2. A copy of their most recent Aspire or other standardized test scores/results
  3. A copy of their eighth-grade first quarter report card

HSPT Information

The HSPT suggests the following to prepare for the exam:

  • Listen to and read the directions for each section carefully.
  • Pace yourself. Each section has a time limit. The test administrators should announce when time is halfway through so you can determine if you are working at a pace that will allow you to finish. Also, try not to spend too much time on one item.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Work out the problem. You cannot use a calculator on the mathematics section. However, you may use scratch paper or your test booklet to work out a problem.
  • Answer every question. If you are unsure of an answer, take your best guess. The number of items you answer correctly determines your score. There is no penalty for answering incorrectly.
  • Check your work. First, if there is time left, go back and review your answers. Secondly, check to make sure each item has only one response.

Regina Dominican Scholarship Awards and Course Selection Preference

Only students who test at Regina Dominican on the initial testing date — December 1 — are eligible to receive Regina Dominican merit scholarships. Additionally, students testing on December 1 receive financial aid and course selection preference.

Click here to learn more about tuition assistance and scholarships.

For more information, contact Pattie Fuentes, Director of Enrollment and Recruitment at 847-256-7660 ext. 223 or pfuentes@rdpanthers.org

Regina Dominican Science

Catholic High School Entrance Exam FAQs

The following is from the Archdiocese of Chicago about all Catholic High School Entrance Exams.

Q: When do Catholic high schools give standardized tests for student acceptance and placement?

A: All high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago that administer an entrance exam will conduct initial testing on the first Saturday in December. The entrance exam is used in conjunction with various student elementary records that parents provide to determine final acceptance. After students are accepted, some high schools may conduct further placement testing to determine the best course of study and appropriate academic levels for their students.

Q: What entrance exam do the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago use?
A: All Catholic high schools that administer an entrance exam use the closed version of the High School Placement Test (HSPT) by Scholastic Testing Services, Inc.

Q: Where should a student take the Catholic high school entrance exam?
A: It is important to take the entrance exam at the school where the student wishes to enroll in the fall and is their “first choice” school. Merit-based scholarships are often tied with testing at a particular school and a student will miss an opportunity to earn such a scholarship if they do not initially test at that school.

Q: Do students register for the test?
A: Yes. Prospective students may register for the entrance exam beginning in mid-November up until the date of the exam. Contact the individual high school for their registration process. If for whatever reason your child does not complete the registration process, they will be treated as a “walk-in” on the morning of the entrance exam. However, parents of “walk-ins” will need to provide the school with their emergency contact information that morning.

Q: What if a student misses the entrance exam date?
A: If for some reason your child is not able to take the entrance exam on the designated day due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago will offer an alternate date. Please check with the individual school for the date of the make-up. Please Note: In order to honor the reliability and validity of the original exam, a student who tested at an Archdiocesan Catholic high school is NOT ELIGIBLE to take it again at another site as it would create an unfair advantage for some students to be allowed to take the entrance exam multiple times at several locations.  However, if a student/family is now considering enrollment at a different school (other than the one at which the student took the exam), they can have the exam scores transferred to the new school.

Q: How can a student prepare for the high school entrance exam?
A: The best preparation for the Catholic high school entrance exam is excellent academic preparation in elementary school. Some students also may benefit from knowing general test-taking strategies and how to pace themselves while taking a standardized test. However, too much emphasis on the entrance exam or test preparation is likely to increase test anxiety and lower his/her test score. Test preparation will not raise entrance exam scores beyond a student’s true or actual achievement level. Test preparation should be limited to reducing anxiety and becoming familiar with taking a standardized test under timed conditions. Be supportive and encourage your child to do his/her best. Getting a good night’s rest and eating a healthy breakfast before the entrance exam is important as well.

Q: Can my child receive testing accommodations for the entrance exam?
A: For students needing extended time or other testing accommodations on the initial test date or a subsequent examination date, please contact the school’s Director of Enrollment, Pattie Fuentes (pfuentes@rdpanthers.org). You will be asked to provide appropriate documentation of an IEP/ICEP, 504 Plan or psycho-educational testing in order for your child to qualify for any testing accommodations. Each high school may determine which accommodations they are able to provide during the exam as well as set a timeline for the requests. Contact Pattie Fuentes at Regina Dominican for more information at pfuentes@rdpanthers.org.

Q: How do Catholic high schools make student placement decisions?
A: Each Catholic high school has its own procedures for using the entrance exam results. Generally, high schools use the exam scores in conjunction with other information about a student’s academic record when deciding to accept or place a student to ensure academic success. Some other considerations could include other standardized test scores administered by the elementary school, report cards and principal/teacher recommendations. Each school determines its own priorities in the acceptance and placement decision process.

Points of reflection

  • ●  Standardized tests provide valuable information about a student’s academic readiness for a particular school.
    ●  Standardized test performance is only one of several factors in Catholic high school admission and placement decisions.
    ●  The Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago are academically diverse. A student may be able to meet the academic challenges of a highly selective school but not be admitted because of a limited availability of open seats.

Q: What can be done if a student is not accepted?
A: If a student is not placed in his/her “first choice” school, parents are encouraged to apply to another Catholic high school; the student’s test scores can be transferred to the school of choice. There are many options available to any student seeking a Catholic secondary education and the various schools in the Archdiocese work together collaboratively to share information to assist families in this process. One key to a student’s high school academic success is to find a high school that best matches his or her current educational needs. Educational experience and performance in that Catholic high school better enable him or her to grow academically, personally and spiritually to meet the challenges and rewards life has to offer.

Q: What if test scores don’t match grades or past test scores?
A: There are many reasons why a student’s high school entrance exam scores may not be consistent with his other grades or scores on other standardized tests. Although test scores are important, remember that a student’s past academic record and other information will be considered in admission decisions along with test scores.