High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
All sophomores will take the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) this spring.
Juniors and seniors who have not previously taken a portion of the HSPE must take that portion with the sophomores.
Please contact the Counseling Center if you are not sure if your junior or senior needs to take the HSPE.
The HSPE measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state's exit exam in reading, writing and science. Its name conveys the goal of the test: to measure a student’s proficiency of basic skills. In spring 2011, the state is moving to end-of-course math exams and will no longer use a comprehensive math test.
Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 must pass the reading and writing exams or a state-approved alternative in order to be eligible to graduate. Students in the classes of 2013 and beyond must pass exams in reading, writing, science and math.
The HSPE testing dates for sophomores are as follows:
March 15 and 16: Writing
March 17: Reading
April 12: Science
Testing will begin promptly at 7:30. Students will be tested in classrooms. The schedule of testing locations will be posted on the website and emailed to parents one week before the HSPE begins.
Preparing for the test:
Get plenty of rest the night before the test.
Arrive on time.
Bring bottled water and quiet snacks.
Bring #2 pencils.
Take your time on the test.
Give it your best shot.
Bring homework or a book to read when you have completed your test.
Students are not permitted to use electronic devices during the testing period. Students will need to leave their backpacks / belongings in the front of the class because they can only bring pencils to their desks during the test. Once the test has been completed, students will remain in their testing rooms until 9:30. Students who have not completed the test by then will be moved to another location.
Students who are not required to take the HSPE will have several options available to them during the testing window. Students on campus must remain in a supervised area (i.e., a classroom). Many seniors will be able to complete their Senior Exit Interviews during this time. Study rooms in each content area will be available. A schedule will be posted on the web and emailed the week prior to the HSPE. AP test prep sessions are available on the following dates:
March 16—AP Calculus
March 17—AP US History
Please remember that BHHS is a closed campus. Once students arrive on campus, they are not permitted to leave without the consent of a parent.