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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SHSAT

Bee Tutored has prepped students for the SHSAT since 2007.

 

What is the SHSAT?

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is offered in October of 8th grade for students applying for entrance into 9th grade the following fall. It is the sole determining factor to gain admission to 8 of the 9 New York City Specialized High Schools.*

 

  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • The Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College of New York
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

These specialized schools are very competitive and attract students from all over New York City.

Yes, it’s a lot of pressure! Having only one criterion is hard. Just like learning a sport or instrument, preparing for the SHSAT requires practice. We help students craft a study plan customized to their strengths/areas of growth, as determined by review of various SHSAT practice tests.

*LaGuardia Performing Arts School is the 9th Specialized School, but admission to LaGuardia is audition-based, and does not require the SHSAT.

What kinds of questions are on the SHSAT and how is it scored?

The SHSAT is a three-hour test, with two sections – Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Though the SHSAT is a skills-based test, an additional challenge is the critical thinking and strategy students need to be successful on the test. The SHSAT rewards students who are able to answer the highest number of questions in each section. Therefore, if your child is stronger at math than English, or vice versa, they should focus more on getting as many answers correct in their area of strength, and may even consider spending more time on that section of 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 is key

  • March / April of 7th grade: Decide on a plan of action for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.
  • April / May of 7th grade: Begin preparing for the SHSAT and take a mock exam to assess strengths and areas of growth.
  • Summer: Attend admissions workshops, take practice tests and complete sample question sets.
  • September of 8th grade: Attend open houses and school visits. Practice Practice Practice!
  • October of 8th grade: The SHSAT usually occurs on the 3rd weekend in October. Take a deep breath, and know you are prepared!

SHSAT TIPS & INFORMATION

 

  • You can take the test in whatever order you would like, and do not need to spend equal time on each section
  • No calculators are allowed during the test
  • When In doubt, guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Do not go to the bathroom in the middle of the test unless absolutely necessary – lines are long!
  • Make a copy of your admissions ticket with school rankings
  • 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

Our Group Classes

 

*Contact us to tailor a group class at your school/organization, or to set up a private group.  Reduced rates may apply.

 

Preparing for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) can be an intense process. We’d like to help! Our course is designed to prepare students for both the ELA and Math sections of the test. We will teach commonly tested content, time management, and strategies for breaking down the more challenging 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). Homework and test prep materials provided.

Spring/Fall Class Options 2020

 

SHSAT courses: May-June & September-October
Days: Saturdays
Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
May: 2, 9, 16, 30
June: 6, 13
Sept: 5, 12, 26
Oct: 3, 10, 17
Cost: $950
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Days: Sundays
Times: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
May: 3, 10, 17, 31
June: 7, 14
Sept: 6, 13, 20
Oct: 4, 11, 18
Location: Online (823 Presidents Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Cost: $950
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Days: Thursdays
Times: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 11
Sept: 10, 17, 24
Oct: 1, 8, 15
Cost: $950
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SHSAT Mock Exams 2020

 

Mock Exam for SHSAT prep.
3 hour test administered under real testing conditions.
Student will have access to scores within 4 days of exam.

Our Mock Exam provides students the opportunity to take a 3-hour SHSAT mock exam under true testing conditions. Following the mock exam, students will have access to scores within 4 days of exam.

 

Online Park Slope Mock Exam Dates:
Saturday, April 18, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday, April 18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Online (823 President Street, Brooklyn 11215)
Capacity: 22 students per exam
Cost: $75

SHSAT Mock Exam + Review Bootcamps 2020

 

3 hour mock exam under real testing conditions + 2 hours to review mock with open question time for students. 

Our 5 hour Boot Camp provides students the opportunity to take a 3-hour SHSAT mock exam under true testing conditions. Following the mock exam, students will grade the test as a class, review the exam and will have a 2-hour open classroom to ask questions on any areas of difficulty. 

Our virtual learning model will ensure that we maintain the benefits of in-class learning and collaboration to the extent possible, while also continuing to offer the comprehensive subject instruction offered in our live classes.

Notes: *If locations are open and in-person meetings are deemed safe, the above workshop will be held at 150 W. 83rd Street, 10024. Otherwise, this workshop will be online. 

 

Online Park Slope: 
Saturday, June 13, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday, October 3rd, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Online (823 Presidents Street, Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 15
Cost: $275


SHSAT Workshops 2020

 

SHSAT Strategy, Time Management and Foundational Skills Workshop

This workshop focuses on strategy, time management and foundational skills necessary to excel on the SHSAT exam. The instructor will help students  customize SHSAT strategies to fit their specific strengths and weaknesses. Students will also complete timed drills and learn tricks to manage their time most efficiently. 

This workshop serves as a great addition to our spring/fall courses, especially if a student needs extra support in a small group setting. Our virtual learning model will ensure that we maintain the benefits of in-class learning and collaboration to the extent possible, while also continuing to offer the comprehensive subject instruction offered in our live classes.

*If locations are open and in-person meetings are deemed safe, the above workshop will be held at 150 W. 83rd Street, 10024. Otherwise, this workshop will be online. 

 

Online Park Slope: Saturday, May 9, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Online (823 Presidents Street, Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 15
Cost: $200

 

SHSAT Advanced Topic Spring Workshop

This workshop is intended for students who are prepared to cover more advanced SHSAT topics. Even though such topics may show up once or twice on the exam, they still require quite a bit of practice to get correct and are paramount to receiving a high score.

Since the SHSAT rewards students who exceed a high threshold of questions correct in either section, it is often a good idea for students to focus on their strength. Learning and mastering advanced topics can help students surpass the threshold to receive a greater return on their work.

Our virtual learning model will ensure that we maintain the benefits of in-class learning and collaboration to the extent possible, while also continuing to offer the comprehensive subject instruction offered in our live classes.

*If locations are open and in-person meetings are deemed safe, the above workshop will be held at 150 W. 83rd Street, 10024. Otherwise, this workshop will be online. 

 

Online Park Slope: Saturday, May 30, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Online (823 Presidents Street, Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 15
Cost: $200

 

SHSAT Advanced Topic Fall Workshop 

This workshop is intended for students who are prepared to cover more advanced SHSAT topics. Even though such topics may show up once or twice on the exam, they still require quite a bit of practice to get correct and are paramount to receiving a high score.

Since the SHSAT rewards students who exceed a high threshold of questions correct in either section, it is often a good idea for students to focus on their strength. Learning and mastering advanced topics can help students surpass the threshold to receive a greater return on their work.

Our virtual learning model will ensure that we maintain the benefits of in-class learning and collaboration to the extent possible, while also continuing to offer the comprehensive subject instruction offered in our live classes.

*If locations are open and in-person meetings are deemed safe, the above workshop will be held at 150 W. 83rd Street, 10024. Otherwise, this workshop will be online. 

 

Online Park Slope: Saturday, September 12, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Online (823 Presidents Street, Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 15
Cost: $200


 

SHSAT Mini-Prep Options 2020

 

These mini-prep SHSAT courses are designed to be a precursor to our upcoming spring/fall courses, as well as a jumpstart to other modes of SHSAT at-home learning. Classes are capped at 8 and first come first serve. 

Mondays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm,  3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

Advanced Mini-Prep Course*, Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm,  4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

*Advanced sections are intended for students scoring around a 500 or above 

Location: Online (823 President Street, Brooklyn 11215)
Capacity: 8 students per class
Cost: $225 (after $25 discount)

 

SHSAT Spring Break Bootcamp 2020

 

This boot camp is designed to be a deep dive into the SHSAT. Students will review the mock exam they took with us and do timed exercises. Classes are capped at 8 and first come first serve.

Spring Break 4 Day Math/ELA Bootcamp – 10:30am – 12:00pm, 4/13, 4/14, 4/15, 4/16 

Spring Break 4 Day ELA Bootcamp – 10:30am – 12:00pm, 4/9, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12

Location: Online (823 President St., Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 8
Cost: $185 (after $25 discount)

 

 

Advanced Prep Package

 

This package will offer students an alternative to our weekly SHSAT classes and is intended for students scoring at a high level who are prepared to cover more advanced topics. We believe that this unique mix of private sessions, small group workshops and mock exams will serve these students well as they will receive individual attention and a customized plan, but also benefit from a small group setting.

May, June, Sept., Oct. – SHSAT Advanced Prep Package, Assorted dates

*Advanced sections are intended for students scoring around a 500 or above 

Location: Online (823 President St., Brooklyn, 11215)
Capacity: 8
Cost: $950