HSPA Tips for Juniors HSPA Test Taking Tips Answer all the questions on the test. DO NOT leave any blanks! Take educated guesses. If you skip a question, leave a corresponding blank on the answer sheet Answer Lengths Try to fill up the space that you are given in your answer folder for the essays and open-ended questions. The 60 minute persuasive essay should be at least five paragraphs and at least two pages. Take Advantage of Time Use all the time you are given for each section! If you are done with a section, go back and re-read and correct what you wrote or check your math work. Don’t rush through the sections, you will probably have enough time to read and answer questions CAREFULLY!!! DO NOT PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN….. You will have plenty of time to sleep once you graduate! Be alert and at the top of your game for a few Legibility Write as NEATLY as you possibly can! If the scorers can’t read your answer, they can’t grade it. Use capitals and lower case letters. Open-ended Techniques The HSPA has both multiplechoice and open-ended questions… MAKE SURE YOU DO ALL THE OPENENDED QUESTIONS!