Is Bard right for you? Bard has a fast paced academic environment that that gives students two years worth of college credit in their four years of high school. Bard is great for students who love a challenge, but isn’t for everyone.
Where: At either the Queens or Manhattan campus. Tests taken at one campus can be used to apply to either or both campuses.
Registration Deadline (Last Year): Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 10 am.
When: Tests are given on Tuesdays and Saturday’s from late September to mid-November. For exact dates click here.
What we know:The Bard High School Early College is what is called a “black box” test, meaning Bard Doesn’t release sample tests or information about how the test is formatted to the public. What we do know is that the test is an hour and a half long and that it contains math and an essay. No calculators or electronic devices are allowed.
According to students who have taken it, the Bard test consists of 25 math questions and an essay. Like the SHSAT the test is not broken up into sections, rather students can take as much or as little time as they like on the math or the essay. The math questions are supposed to be a little easier than the ones on the SHSAT. Here is a very excellent article on the test from a student who took it in 2013. http://www.examiner.com/list/tips-for-applying-to-bard-high-school-early-college-by-a-kid-for-kids
If students do well on the test they will be called back for a 10 minute one-on-one interview at the campus where they took the test.
Admissions: Every year about 3000 students apply to both Bard high schools total and 800 earn admission.
Campus tours: Bard has open houses in the Spring and Fall. Click here for schedules and to register.