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Entrance Exam for Class of 2026

Saturday, December 4, 2021
8:00 a.m.

The Loyola Academy entrance exam is the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The HSPT has five sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math and language (English). 

Online pre-registration will be available beginning Saturday, November 13, until Thursday, December 2, at 8:00 a.m. 

The exam is only open to current eighth grade students. Students must take the Loyola Academy Entrance Exam to be considered for admission to Loyola Academy and may only test at one Catholic high school.

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  • Makeup Exam

    The Loyola Academy entrance exam alternate date for 8th graders is Wednesday, December 8, at 4:00 p.m. The alternate exam date is only for 8th graders who did not take the HSPT at another Catholic high school on December 4. Students must arrive by 4:00 p.m. and enter through the main entrance (door #1). Students should bring a $25 exam fee (cash or check payable to Loyola Academy). The test will conclude around 7:30 p.m. Students may bring water and snacks. Application materials will be distributed to the student at the conclusion of the exam.

    Please email admissions@loy.org to register for the exam.
  • Exam Day Information

    • The exam will take place at Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue, in Wilmette. Please enter through the Piazza entrance.
    • The exam begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4. Students should allow extra time for traffic and for getting to the testing room.
    • All students should report to the East Gym to receive their testing classroom assignment.
    • Students must bring two #2 pencils. Calculators and language translators are not permitted.
    • All application materials, including a financial aid application, will be distributed to students on December 4.
    • Students will not have access to vending machines during the exam, but may bring their own snacks and water bottles.
    • The exam ends at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  • Registration and Fees

    • Online pre-registration will begin on Saturday, November 13, and conclude on Thursday, December 2, at 8:00 a.m.
    • Walk-in registration will also be accepted on exam day, December 4.
    • The testing fee is $25 and will be collected at the time of registration. If not registering online, students must bring the testing fee with them on the day of the exam. Cash or check, made payable to Loyola Academy, will be accepted.
  • Testing Accommodations for HSPT

    Loyola Academy offers limited testing accommodations on the entrance exam. If a student is seeking extended time or other testing accommodations, the following documents must be submitted to testingaccommodations@loy.org by Friday, November 19, 2021:
  • Parent Presentation

    On the day of the exam, parents are invited to a curriculum presentation in the West Gym beginning at 8:30 a.m. Loyola Academy administrators and department chairs will present information on Loyola's curriculum, placement process and course options. Current Loyola Academy students will also be available to answer questions. This presentation is optional.
All information is contingent on forthcoming direction from state and local authorities. Please visit our Coronavirus Information web page for updates.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact

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  • Photo of Robert Desherow

    Mr. Robert Desherow 93

    Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment
    (847) 920-2480
  • Photo of Nick Bridich

    Mr. Nick Bridich 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    (847) 920-2483
  • Photo of Lynn Gorman

    Mrs. Lynn Gorman 

    Admissions Associate
    (847) 920-2481

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