The Test: Scoring and Student Selection
The multiple-choice sections are computer-scored and hand-checked for accuracy. At the end of the scoring process, a cut off score is established - based on the number of test takers, the cut off score varies from year to year. Once established, the cut off score will allow a percentage of test takers to have their essays read by a panel of evaluators. Essays are read “blind;” at all times, students are identified solely by their HCHS Identification numbers. Readers do not know the students’ identities at any point in the assessment process. A percentage of students who write the most impressive essays are selected for admission to HCHS.
HCHS also maintains a pool of wait listed students. If admitted students decline admission or withdraw from HCHS prior to the beginning of 7th grade (or during the first week of 7th grade), students from the wait list will be offered admission at HCHS’s discretion. No students will be admitted from the wait list after the first week of 7th grade or beyond 7th grade.
HCHS does not re-score exams, re-read essays, or reconsider admissions decisions. HCHS does not share or publish any portion of the Exam and does not endorse any test preparation service or agency.
Students and/or parents will NOT receive the score to any part of the HCHS Entrance Exam, and will not be informed if the applicant advanced to the essay-reading round.