2018 SHSAT Test Prep Classes

What is the SHSAT?

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the only criterion for admissions to eight of the New York City Specialized High Schools. The only exception is the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which requires an audition or portfolio for admission.

Our course has been carefully designed to teach all the concepts and test-taking strategies necessary to feel confident on exam day.

Who can take the SHSAT Exam?

Students in grades 8 or 9 who wish to apply to New York City’s Specialized High Schools must take the SHSAT and rank their choices of schools in order of preference.

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What should I expect on the 2018 exam?

The 2018 SHSAT consists of a timed multiple-choice test with two sections: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. A total time of 3 hours is allotted.

2017 SHSAT Changes The SHSAT was changed in order to better align it to curriculum and instruction students experience in their classrooms on a daily basis. The verbal section was renamed the English Language Arts (ELA) section, and no longer includes “scrambled paragraphs” or logical reasoning questions. This section now includes questions that address revising/editing skills, in addition to continuing to have reading comprehension passages and questions. Furthermore, the math section now includes five “grid-in” questions in addition to the multiple choice questions. All multiple choice questions now have four answer choices, instead of five, and the time allotted for test-takers has increased from 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to 180 minutes (3 hours).

ELA

The ELA section includes questions that address revising/editing skills and reading comprehension passages. Starting in 2018 literary passages and persuasive passages (e.g., editorials) could be included on the test.

Test Content:

20 revising/editing questions: 5-8 stand-alone questions and 2 passages with 6-8 questions each

6 reading comprehension passages with 5-7 questions each

All questions are multiple choice questions

Math

Students demonstrate their math skills by answering computational and word questions that require arithmetic, algebra, probability, statistics, geometry, and trigonometry (grade 9 only).

Test Content:

5 “grid-in” questions, in which students must solve a computational question and provide the correct numerical answer, rather than selecting the answer from various multiple choice options

52 multiple choice word problems and computational questions

How do we prepare our students for success?

Our talented instructors, small class sizes, and test-taking strategies prepare all students seeking admission into specialized high schools.

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16 week-long program

This 4-month program will take place twice a week for a total of 96 instructional hours. Homework will be assigned.

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Highly Qualified Instructors

The program is taught by our highly qualified and experienced instructors who specialize in the SHSAT. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s instructor to discuss progress.

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Small class size

Classes will be capped at 8-16 students in order to maximize delivery of educational material.

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Test-taking strategies

Instructors will teach students specific study techniques and strategies that will raise test scores and maximize study time.

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Full-length SHSAT practice exams

Full-length SHSAT assessments will be administered at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. Exams will be analyzed and reviewed thoroughly with students. Parents will receive an analysis report of their child’s test results.

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Post-test workshops

Students will have time to review practice test questions, quizzes, homework, and/or other areas of concern.

Which NYC High Schools require the SHSAT?

Students in grades 8 or 9 who wish to apply to New York City’s Specialized High Schools must take the SHSAT and rank the following Specialized High Schools in order of preference:

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The only exception is the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which requires an audition or portfolio for admission in addition to the SHSAT exam.

Dates and Program Overview

STARTS: March 3rd

ENDS: June 23rd

Tuesday: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

SHSAT Exam Date

OCTOBER 2018

Students will attend the center twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Each class will be 3 hours long. All materials are included.

Throughout the program, students will take full-length practice exams to further guide instruction and track progress.

Homework, quizzes, practice exam results, and class progress will be discussed with you upon request.

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