The HSPA exam is used to determine student achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics as specified in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The test is administered over a course of three days simultaneously in all public high schools of the state of New Jersey.
The Office of State Assessments (OSA) of the New Jersey Department of Education administers the NJ HSPA test together with the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knlowledge (NJ ASK) that is given to students in grades 3-8.
The mathematics section of the 2011 NJ HSPA exam covered the following areas:
-Number Sense, Concepts, and Applications
-Spatial Sense and Geometry
-Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics
-Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
The tests consists of 30 multiple choice and 6 open-ended questions.