The Test: Scoring and Student Selection
The following test-scoring process has been followed in years past and is not, necessarily, indicative of future processes:
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 the top (approximately) 500 scorers to have their essays read by a panel of HCHS English faculty. 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. The students who write the top approximately 170 essays are selected for admission to HCHS.
HCHS also maintains a wait list pool of 20 to 30 students. If admitted students decline admission or withdraw from HCHS prior to the beginning 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 start of 7th grade or beyond 7th grade.
HCHS does not rescore exams, reread 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.