What is the SHSAT?
The SHSAT is administered over 180 minutes and is broken into several sections: reading comprehension, ELA editing/review, multiple choice math, and free response math.
Does my child need to study?
Admission to any of the New York City Specialized High Schools is an extremely rigorous, competitive process, and the enrollment at each school is tightly regulated. This means an incredibly large pool of applicants is competing for only a few hundred spots. One of the best ways for your child to stand out and ensure admission is to dominate the SHSAT. A high test score will demonstrate your child’s potential and can help counter-balance slightly lower classroom grades.
How can we prepare?
The best way your child can prepare for the SHSAT is to engage with rigorous, high-quality practice tests. This is because they have already learned all the required material during their time in middle school; the test is simply assessing their knowledge and skill level of these curriculum-based benchmarks. Practice tests are the single most useful tool because they help students understand the format and expectations of the exam, obliterating test day anxiety.
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