Is Hunter right for you? One of the more exclusive public high schools in New York; only an elite group of students are invited to apply to Hunter College High School. Hunter provides a wealth of freedom and opportunities, given their access to the on-campus resources and classes. If you attend Hunter you will be surrounded by New York’s best and brightest, however you will also be bombarded with homework and intensive classwork daily.
Where: Hunter administers their admissions tests in three locations:
1. HCHS at 94th St. between Park and Madison Avenues
2. Hunter College – West Building at 68th St.and Lexington Avenue
3. Hunter College – North Building at 69th St. between Park and Lexington Avenue
Registration Deadline: The online applications begin in the middle of September. (Taken from the website) The deadline closes on November 13th, 2015, without exception.
When: The test is administered on January 8th, 2016
What we know: Note: only students who scored in the 90 percentile or above (the exact scores change each year) on the NY State-wide tests in fifth grade are eligible to take the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam. They will take it in January of their sixth grade year.
Hunter has released one diagnostic practice test, but the actual exam changes radically from year to year. The math section in particular varies and is quite difficult.
The test is divided into three sections:
A 50 Question, Multiple-Choice ELA Component (5 choices, ABCDE) - The ELA section will challenge your ability in reading comprehension. It is comprised of six passages, from a spectrum of time periods.
A Writing Component - The Writing Component gives you a choice between an essay or an autobiographical entry, which is judged on creativity, detail, and overall success.
A 30 Question, Multiple-Choice Math Component (5 choices, ABCDE) - The Math section tests you on the following skills (taken from the website) “estimation; computations with fractions, decimals, percents, and whole numbers (not negative numbers); rules of divisibility; simple probability; rate; average; ratio; time; money; area of shaded regions; perimeter; counting; visual and numerical pattern recognition; and three dimensional figures.”
There is no penalty for wrong answers.
Note: There is a non-refundable admissions fee of 70 dollars (or 35 dollars, if the student qualifies for free/reduced priced lunch).
Note: Only rising 7th graders are considered for admission.
Admissions: According to Insideschools, over 2000 students take the entrance exam each year, but only 150 are admitted, yielding less than a 7.5% acceptance rate (among the already select group).
Campus tours: There are no campus tours, however, prospective students (both accepted and waitlisted) are invited to an open house on “Hunter Day,” March 16, 2016.