The Prep Entrance Exam

The Fairfield Prep Entrance Exam is a mandatory part of the application process and makes up one of four criteria considered by the Admissions Committee.

create account and/or Register for the entrance exam

The following are the four criteria, each of which is weighted equally in the committee’s consideration: 

  • 7th & 8th Grade Transcripts
  • Entrance Exam Scores
  • Student Essay & Parent Statement
  • 8th Grade Teacher Recommendations

Entrance Exam Dates

There are two Saturday dates for the Entrance Exam:

Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Additional Dates

This year, Fairfield Prep is holding weekday entrance exams for those who are unable to make the Oct. 19 or Dec. 7 dates. Each weekday exam has a limit of 20 spots.

The additional dates are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.

What type of entrance exam does Prep use?

Fairfield Prep uses the The High School Placement Test (HSPT®) as the entrance exam during the admissions process.  The HSPT is a comprehensive placement test for eighth graders for placement in the ninth grade.

The test time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The test structure is divided into 5 parts:

  • Verbal Skills
  • Quantitative Skills Reading (Comprehensive and Vocabulary)
  • Mathematics 
  • Language

Learn more about the HSPT

Questions? Contact Us

Any questions regarding these dates can be directed to or by calling 203-254-4210.

Admissions Dates & Deadlines