What is the SHSAT? The SHSAT is the entrance exam for eight of New York’s specialized high schools (Laguardia, the 9th specialized high school, uses different admission criteria). Admission to each specialized high school is determined solely by a students SHSAT score. If a student scores above a school’s cutoff they are admitted; if they score below the cutoff they are not. Students are asked to rank their specialized high school order of preference at the time of the exam.
Cutoff scores for each of the 8 specialized high schools. This first score is the cutoff for eighth grade test takers, the second one is for ninth graders. (source: the schoolboards)
Bronx High School of Science (Bronx) 510 / 703
The Brooklyn Latin School (Brooklyn) 477 / 552
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn) 483 / 689
High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College (Manhattan) 503 / 633
High School of American Studies at Lehman College (Bronx) 503 / 603
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (Queens)505 / 580
Staten Island Technical High School (Staten Island) 508 / 703
29 Fort Greene Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 804-6400
Brooklyn, District 19 & Queens, Districts 27, 28, 29 -- Hillcrest High School
160-05 Highland Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 (718) 658-5407
Queens, Districts, 24, 25, 26, 30 -- Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11106 (718) 545-7095
Staten Island -- Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson St, Staten Island, NY 10306 (718) 667-3222.
Registration Deadline (Last Year): Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 10 am.
When: Registration begins September 10, 2015. The deadline is October 15, 2015. Students must register with their guidance counselors.
8th graders seeking entrance into a 9th grade specialty high school will take the SHSATs October 24 and 25, 2015.
9th graders seeking entrance into a 10th grade speciality high school will take the SHSATs November 7th and 15th, along with special needs students requiring accommodations, 8th and 9th grade ESL students, and students who have department permission to take a makeup test.
The Summer SHSAT date is reserved for students new to New York City, attempting to attend a specialty high school for the immediate fall. The date has already passed for the 2015-2016 school year (August 28, 2015).For those wishing to take the Summer SHSAT for the 2016-2017 school year must fulfill the following three requirements:
Student is entering 8th or 9th grade for the first time in September of 2015.
Student was a resident of NYC as of November 1, 2015
Student did not take part in the Fall SHSAT Exam
Students may only take the SHSATs once a year.
Students typically receive their scores and what high schools they were admitted to in February.
What we know: Students have 2 hours and 30 minutes to take the entire test. There are no breaks between sections; students may take as much or as little time on any section as they would like. There are 100 questions in total, split between 50 verbal and 50 in math.
There is no penalty for incorrect answers.
The Verbal section is divided up into three parts:
The Math section tests arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
The test is unique in that students earn more points for each additional correct answer in each section the higher they score. In other words, it rewards students who excel at math or verbal (or both), rather than average, all-around students. It is a good strategy, in terms of both test taking and prep, for students to focus on the section of the SHSAT where they are stronger.
For a more in depth explanation of how the SHSAT is scored read this article from the New York Times
Admissions: Every year, 30,000 students compete for 3,000 spots split throughout the specialized high schools of New York.