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Entrance Exam

Thank you for your interest in taking the Entrance Exam at Central Catholic High School!

The Catholic High School Placement Test (HSPT) will be administered at Central Catholic on the following two dates:

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018

Register for the HSPT Exam 

Exam Details: Students check in before 8:00 AM at the Main Office and will complete their exam by 11:45 AM.

Please note: The $40 registration fee for the exam is non-refundable. The HSPT may be taken only once during the admissions process.

CCHS will accept SSAT scores in addition to or in lieu of HSPT scores (use school code #2339).

The HSPT Prep Class (full)

The Fall 2018 HSPT Prep Class is now full.

We look forward to having candidates register for the exam on either November 17 or December 1.

Each fall, Central Catholic High School offers an HSPT Entrance Exam Prep Class.

For 2018, there will be six classes held each Tuesday from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM beginning October 9 and running until November 13.

The Prep Class Fee of $250, payable by credit card at registration, covers the course tuition, the test prep book as well as the fee for the November 17 exam.

What You Need to Know

How To Prepare

  1. Review the HSPT Info Sheet (will be posted when available) with your parents. You will need to complete and bring this form to the exam.
  2. Using the 2 digit numerical code, select up to 5 high schools to which you would like your HSPT scores sent (section 2). The High School Code Numbers are found on side 2 of the Student Information Sheet. List code 27 as one of your options so that Central Catholic High School will receive your test scores. Using the Archdiocese of Boston Elementary School Code List, fill in the appropriate 3 digit number in the box in the lower right hand corner of the Information Sheet. This code identifies your elementary school. Fill out the Student Information Sheet entirely and bring it with you on the day of the HSPT.
  3. Be sure to get a good night sleep and have breakfast prior to testing.
  4. Students should be dropped off at the Central Catholic High School Main Office area by 7:45 AM.
  5. When you arrive at the Main Office a Student Ambassador will greet you and direct you to the room where you will be taking the exam.
  6. You will complete the exam at about 11:45 AM so please arrange a ride for that time.
  7. Please bring at least two (non-mechanical) sharpened number 2 pencils.
  8. Please do not bring a calculator since you will not be using one during the examination.

What to Bring

On the day of the exam, please bring:
  1. Two black lead pencils (2H or #2)
  2. The HSPT Info Sheet for 2018-2019 (will be posted when available)
  3. "Make a Difference" Food Donation (see below)

"Make a Difference" Food Drive

As a student registered to take the HSPT and interested in applying to CCHS, we are asking you to partner with us – the Central Catholic Family of students, faculty, staff and community members in assisting people who are most in need. Let’s all work together to Make a Difference!

When you come to sit for your exam, please bring a minimum of three items from the list below. We will make sure that your food donation goes to needy families served by Lazarus House Ministries here in Lawrence.

Serving the least favored - those who need our help the most, is exactly who we are as CCHS Raiders. We ask you to join us and work in the spirit of Central Catholic to help make life just a little better for the people in our community who need it most.

Please bring at least 3 items from the following list.
We ask you to avoid bringing any items in glass containers.
  • Canned Tuna Fish
  • Canned Soups
  • Spaghetti Sauce, Paste, Stewed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes
  • Canned Ravioli, Spaghetti, Beef-a-roni, Spaghettios
  • “Goya” Brand Products
  • Turkey Gravy – package or can
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Vegetables: Corn, Peas, Green Beans, Mixed Veggies, Potatoes

  • Pasta: all types – Spaghetti, Ziti etc.
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • White Rice: 1 lb. bag

  • Canned Fruit
  • Boxed Pudding & Jell-O
  • Brownies, Boxed Cake Mixes
  • Canned Cake Frosting

Thank you for making a difference!

Parent Information Session

Parents are invited to learn more about the admissions process while their children take the exam.

Please join us from 10:00 to 11:15 AM for a brief presentation in the Theater followed by a question and answer session.

This session is optional and does not require an RSVP. Light refreshments will be provided.

Image of students with words Open House, Sunday, October 28, 12:30PM - 3:30PM

We’re here to help.

If you have any questions about CCHS or the admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us at 978-682-0260 ext. 612 or email us at:

The Admissions Team

Mr. Christopher Merrill

Mr. Christopher Merrill
Director of Admissions

Mrs. Elizabeth Schroth

Mrs. Elizabeth Schroth
Assistant Director of Admissions

Mrs. Lori Stolos

Mrs. Lori Stolos
Admissions Associate