It has long been settled that a standardized test is no complete measure of a student. However, their weighted importance in today’s competitive admissions process cannot be understated.

"Longitudinal research has demonstrated that major life accomplishments, such as publishing a novel or patenting technology, are also associated with test scores, even after taking into account educational opportunities. There is even a sizable body of evidence that these skills are related to effective leadership and creative achievements at work. Being able to read texts and make sense of them and having strong quantitative reasoning are crucial in the modern information economy."

by Nathan Kuncel & Paul Sackett


The HSPT is the examination that private Catholic high schools use to be able to compare their applicants coming from different schools. We have successfully prepared thousands of students for this exam for the last 25 years.


The Secondary School Admissions Test is 3 hours and 5 minutes long consisting of 6 sections to the test.


The ISEE is widely accepted at schools throughout the Bay Area, most notably at Harker and Castilleja. Our course prepares students to take this 2 hour and 40 minute exam and score to their full potential.


For years, the SAT was the more prevalent test, however, in recent years, the ACT has made a comeback. There are important considerations when deciding which one your student should take.