Once you finish taking the SHSAT, you’ll probably feel a mix of relief (it’s over!) and worry (how will you do?). During the time between finishing the exam and waiting for your results, make sure you keep up the great habits in school that helped you prepare for the SHSAT in the first place! If you’re in 8th grade—finish strong! It will help you transition into your specialized high school with ease. If you’re in 9th grade, it’s even more important for you to keep doing well, because you already know the pace of high school classes and how much work (and how much fun!) doing well in high school is.
- You got into your #1 choice of school! This is the decision you are hoping for, and planning for right now.
- You did not get into your #1 choice of school during Round 1, but you received admission into one of the other amazing specialized high schools in New York City that you selected as alternate options. This is fantastic news as well—you should feel good about being a competitive applicant.
- You were accepted into more than one of your selected schools! There are a number of students who will find themselves in this position. In this case, you are in the enviable position of getting to choose among which specialized high schools which one you will enter. Once you accept an offer of admission, you won’t be able to change your mind, so make sure you talk to your family, and feel good about your decision. Another positive benefit to receiving multiple offers is that, once you make your official choice, you will open spots up for other students at the schools that you decline.
- You didn’t yet gain admission into your choice of schools. Although specialized high schools do not keep a “waitlist” of students who are waiting to be admitted, during the period of matching students who took the SHSAT with their schools, if you weren’t selected in Round 1, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t get in later. If you find yourself in this position, what you’ll do is wait to see if a spot opens up for you at one of the schools of your choice. There is always a lot of change between schools that offer admission to students in Round 1, and spots that are offered to students in later rounds.
How Do Schools Decide Who Gets In?
In subsequent rounds, as students accept or decline admission offers, students who are next in the scoring for the SHSAT are offered spots on their list, until all of the available seats are filled by students who have confirmed admission.
Now that you know all of the logistics behind getting ready for the test, Test Day, and what happens after the test—LET’S PREP!
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