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HSPT Tutoring in St. Louis, MO

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Varsity Tutors offers HSPT tutoring by highly credentialed tutors in St. Louis, MO. We'll help you master the HSPT through one-on-one tutoring in the comfort of your home, online, or any other location of your choice.

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The HSPT tutors are exceedingly qualified to help you reach your goals. They come from such prestigious universities as MIT, Stanford, UChicago, Yale, Harvard, UPenn, Notre Dame, Amherst, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Rice, Columbia, WashU, Emory, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UNC, Michigan, UCLA, and other highly ranked institutions.



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Harvard University - Studies Of Women, Gender, And Sexuality



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Georgia Institute Of Technology - Biochemistry



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New York University - Economics

How we help you master: HSPT Prep


Our educational director will build your personal HSPT learning profile, including strengths and weaknesses.


Your tutor will pinpoint the areas in which you excel in HSPT and the areas that require extra attention.


Our personalized instruction will teach you how to address your weaknesses, polish your strengths, and succeed.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

This was our final session.  We mostly talked about how things have gone, and the student seems really excited and ready for the test on Saturday.  

The students worked on their Chemistry review sheets. They did great other than needing some help on formula derivations, which we covered thoroughly. Another major focus was stoichiometry and balancing complex equations.

Today by the parent's request we continued to review some of the vocabulary the student learned.  We went over numbers, days of the week, and animals.  He is having trouble learning the new animals so I will I try to bring printed pictures to our next session.  I have also been trying to keep him in the habit of forming sentences in French. I have been reminding him to say "je ne sais pas" (I don't know), and "je vois..." (I see...).  Today I also introduced "il y a..." (there is...).  He recognized "il y a" from a sentence he learned:  "il y a du soleil" (it is sunny).  Since we will be working together on back to back days, I plan on introducing new words and concepts on Wednesdays and reviewing them on Thursdays.

This session went well.  We spent a majority of this session going over how to apply my checklist to the English/writing section. I want him to see how using the checklist will help him ensure that he does not get thrown off by picking the answer that 'sounds right'. Next, I will have him do some practice work in time for our next session tomorrow. Since we only went over English today, I will time and test him tomorrow, but the emphasis will be on reading and math. I want to be sure he gets a feel for the timing of the exam and I also want him to refresh his memory on the way that each section should be approved.

Continued work on SAT math. Practiced all types of questions and worked on techniques. The student is improving.

We covered verbal reasoning and practiced together on passages. We also practiced on some biological science passages together and learned about blood types, antibodies, and antigens through the problems and passages. I assigned her homework to keep practicing a verbal passage a day as well as to finish the biological sciences section test we worked on. I told her to use the test as a learning tool and to check her answers thoroughly and to understand everything post-testing. Also to try the physical sciences section test in the same way. Learning through practice is the fastest way, faster than watching a video or listening to me lecture!

The student and I worked on English and Reading. She gets the majority of problems she approaches correct. She is also very strong at English.

First, I looked over the essay that the student wrote since our session yesterday. She wrote it very well, so there wasn't much for me to add. This was the last section of this practice test, and her final score on this practice test was a 34-35. We continued to practice for the writing section by looking at prompts and discussing arguments and specific evidence to use. Then, she did several science passages, including one difficult one. She only missed a few questions on these. We finished up with math practice, which she did well on. For next time, I asked her to complete a full practice test.

This week, I worked with the students in preparation for their math test tomorrow on geometric and arithmetic sequence. We did the problem set that was intended for review, then worked on a worksheet on seats in a theater that was pretty difficult. I think that the material made sense to them, but they had questions over putting together ideas and occasionally with identifying what the question is asking for, so we focused on those.

The student and I spent our time talking about geometric probability: what is the probability the dart will hit the shaded area on the dart board?, etc. After working through a few problems and reviewing some basic area formulas, he was more than capable of getting through the problems on his own.

The student and I reviewed a verbal reasoning passage set together and explored effective strategies to help her boost her VR score. She did very well and is going to continue practicing these strategies until our next session.

The student and I went over her Geometry homework on circles, specifically the standard equation for circles, graphing circles, and again working with arc length. Her teacher assigned quite a large amount of homework, so we were unable to complete it all during our session. She did well on what we did get through and said she felt comfortable finishing the rest of her Geometry homework on her own.

How can a Varsity Tutors tutor help you master the HSPT?

Many students likely do not choose to review for the HSPT, or the High School Placement Test. While this exam assesses concepts that students should already be familiar with, reviewing content is recommended, as it may have been quite a while since students were last expected to answer certain types or problems or use certain skills. 

But what to study first? The HSPT is a test with many sections and even more question types—where should one begin studying? With the help of the HSPT tutoring offered by Varsity Tutors in St. Louis County and the surrounding area, you can structure your studying efficiently, without forgetting to review any crucial concepts, and gain expert advice from a person who has scored very well on the HSPT.

No matter which section of the HSPT is causing you concern, your personal tutor can walk you through how to solve each of its problem types. Having been successful on the HSPT him- or herself, your tutor can share helpful strategies for each section and its questions that can really make a difference on test day. Your tutor’s expert knowledge of the HSPT’s format and the content it tests will be complemented by his or her skill at explaining complex concepts so that they seem simple and intuitive. The lesson plans your tutor prepares for each of your HSPT tutoring sessions can be tailored to focus on just the concepts that you find difficult and need to work on. Also, because we know your time is valuable, your tutor can travel to you and meet at whichever location at whatever time best suits your schedule.

Want to prepare for the HSPT with the guidance of a tutor who has already done extremely well on it? Contact Varsity Tutors today about the HSPT tutoring options available in the St. Louis region.

Varsity Tutors understands the importance of helping 8th grade students excel on their high school entrance exams. We offer tutoring for students taking the HSPT. Our tutors work with your student one-on-one in the comfort of your home or other convenient location. We individualize our approach to each student so that they gain the strategies, content knowledge and confidence needed to help them excel on these important tests.

The HSPT is given once a year in January to 8th grade students applying for admission at certain Catholic High Schools. The test is administered only once per year, and students should take the test at their first-choice Catholic High School.

The tests takes a total of 2.5 hours, including a set break, and students take it in one sitting. There are five sections on the HSPT: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading, Mathematics and Language. All questions are multiple choice.

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