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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SHSAT

 

What is the SHSAT?

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the sole determining factor to gain admission to New York City Specialized High Schools. These schools are very competitive, as more than 25,000 students take the SHSAT, with roughly 5,000 open seats.

 

Yes, it’s a lot of pressure!

Having only 1 criterion is hard. Just like practicing a sport or instrument, acing the SHSAT requires practice. We help students make a study plan customized to their strengths/weaknesses from various SHSAT assessment exams. Students take the SHSAT during October of their 8th grade year.

Critical Thinking

Though the SHSAT is a skills based test, the real challenge is the critical thinking you’ll need to “beat” the test. Students need practice on how to approach the test. Demystifying the exam and exposure to the predictable nature of the SHSAT reduces test anxiety and builds confidence in our students.

SHSAT TIMELINE

Planning ahead. 7th grade Winter Semester

 

  • January: Decide a plan of action for the Spring, Summer and Fall semester.
  • Feb/March: Begin to take mock exams to get an accurate assessment score.
  • April/May: Begin to prepare for the test.
  • Summer: Attend admissions workshops, continue to take practice tests and sample question sets.
  • September: Attend open houses and school visits. Practice Practice Practice!
  • October: The SHSAT usually occurs on the 3rd weekend in October.

SHSAT DUBUNKED MYTHS

  • When In doubt, guess: There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • The math and ELA sections are not weighted equally: There is a threshold to meet on both sections to effect overall score.
  • Math section does not allow calculators.
  • The grammar section has been reduced to 9 questions.
  • Reading Comprehension section now includes 3-4 informational texts, 1-2 literary prose texts and 1 poem
  • Bathroom lines during the exam tend be long. It is best to use restroom prior to exam.

Our Group Classes

*Contact us to tailor a group class at your school/organization at reduced prices.

Preparing for the Specialized High Schools Admission Test can be an intense process. Let us help you through the process. Our course is designed to prepare students for both the ELA and Math section. We will review commonly questioned content, time management strategies, and strategies for breaking down the problems. Students will have ample opportunities to practice SHSAT questions and ask questions about the test.

The course includes: 18 hours of instruction, 2 practice exams, and 1 assessment exam (various options available prior to start of course)

Upper West Side Class Options 2019

SHSAT MOCK EXAMS

Saturday 2/2: 9:30am-12:30pm

Saturday 2/9: 9:30am-12:30pm

Location: 150 West 83rd Street, 10024

Capacity: 20 students per exam

Cost: $65

SPRING FALL COURSE

May-June & September-October

Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:00pm

May 4, 11, 18; June 1, 8, 15

September 7, 14, 21, 28;

October 5, 12

Location: 150 West 83rd Street 10024

Cost: $950

Park Slope Class Options 2019

Mock Exams:
Saturday 1/19: 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Sunday 2/3: 9:00am -12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Location: 823 President Street, Brooklyn 11215
Capacity: 15 students per exam
Cost: $65
Register for mock by selecting your desired day/time above.

SHSAT courses: May-June & September-October
Days: Sundays
Times: 3:30-5:00pm
May: 5, 12, 19
June: 2, 9, 16,
Sept: 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct: 6, 13
Cost: $950
Register here.

Days: Thursdays
Times: 5:30-7:00pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13
Sept: 5, 12, 26
Oct: 3, 10, 17
Cost: $950
Register here.