Admission to one of the Specialized High Schools is highly competitive. 20,000 students compete to fill the 2,000 available spots. One-on-one tutoring allows you to prepare for the SHSAT more
efficiently. Our SHSAT prep program is customized to fit your particular learning style, at your pace. We'll explore your talents and focus on areas that require attention. Maximize your score and
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Our teachers all have a proven record of exceptional teaching and service. Their academic excellence, good communication skills and nurturing personalities will ensure your chance to gain admission
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What is the SHSAT?
The New York City Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is the entrance exam required for acceptance into one of the NYC selective magnet high Schools. The exam was previously known as
SSHSAT ~ Specialized Science High School Admissions Test,.
Who should take the SHSAT?
New York City 8th and 9th grade students who wish to attend one of the specialized high schools.
Which are NYC specialized high schools?
There were nine NYC science specialized high schools
- Brooklyn Tech
HS American Studies at Lehman College
Queens HS of Science at York College HS of Math
Staten Island Technical HS
The Brooklyn Latin School
Fiorello H. Laguardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts
HS For Math, Science, and Engineering at the City University of New York
- When is the SHSAT offered?
The SHSAT is offered sometime in the last week in October or first week in November. In 2004, the SHSAT exam will be offered on October 25 & 26 and November 8 & 9
How does a student register for the SHSAT?
Only students who reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City are allowed to take the exam. Registration is available through the student's school guidance counselor.
What is the SHSAT Test Structure
The SHSAT consists of two parts that have to be completed in 2 1/2 hours.
How does the SHSAT determine admission to one of the specialized high schools?
- Verbal Section (45 questions)
- Scrambled Paragraphs
- Logical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Math Section (50 questions)
Number of correct questions in the SHSAT determine the Raw score (out of 100), which in turn is converted to a scaled score (200-800). Candidates are ranked, and a "cut-off" score for each school is
established based upon: overall scores, number of students selecting a school as their first choice and the number of spaces available. Places are awarded to those students who earn the highest
scores on the entrance exam and are top-ranked.
We will help you succeed!
The stakes are high with the SHSAT. A great score on the Specialized High School Admission Test is your child's ticket into New York City's top public high schools. Through individual analysis of the
student's strengths and weaknesses, we will help the student prepare for this difficult test by focusing on the specific knowledge and skills needed. Students prepared by our private tutor can feel
confident in their ability to reach their goals.
2015 Hunter Cut -off scores:
September 12 - December 19, 2015 (13 classes)
September 13 - December 20, 2015 (13 classes)
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Course Includes: English/Math/Writing
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The Hunter College High School What is the Hunter College High School?
The Hunter College High School is a public school established to educate intellectually gifted students of diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds from the five boroughs of New York
City. It consists of an elementary school (PreK - grade 6 for Manhattan residents only) and is a combination of junior and senior high school with an enrollment of about 1,200
Admission to the Hunter College High School is highly competitive. Each year about 2,500 academically gifted students compete to fill roughly 250 spaces in the entering class. To be successful in
this exam students must perform well above their present grade level.
The only entry point to Hunter High School is the seventh grade. Thus, the exam is designed for New York City's intellectually gifted 6th grade students, as determined by performance in standardized
assessments, who are performing at two to three and one half years above sixth grade level.
When is the Hunter College admission test offered?
The Hunter exam is offered once in January of each year to students residing within the five Boroughs of NYC who meet the specific criteria in reading and mathematics. The 2005 exam will be
offered on Friday, January 7th. There are no make-ups or retests.
How does a student register for the Hunter Examination?
Each year, in September, school principal are asked to identify six grade students who are eligible to take the Hunter College High School Entrance Examination. Eligibility is determined
by a student’s performance on fifth grade standardized tests and residency in New York City. There is no application form for parents to complete. Principals are given a deadline by which
to submit the name of all eligible candidates. The deadline for principal submissions in early November.
For detail information about admission procedure and format of the entrance exam, log on to the website below.
How can we help your child take Hunter exam?
Our teachers will challenge your student's intellect by targeting areas of interest, and raising the level of complexity, thereby improving your talented child's ability to perform well on the Hunter
The Hunter Test – Essay/Writing Section
Hunter takes pride in its students being well-rounded; it boasts a strong humanities component in its curriculum. Therefore, unlike other specialized high schools such as Stuyvesant which put greater
emphasis on math and science, Hunter has an admissions test which contains an essay section. This section tests the writing abilities of prospective students, expecting them to demonstrate basic
essay writing principles.
The topic of the essay could be about anything, but the elements of a successful essay should remain the same. The essay should be in paragraph form. It should have an introduction, two or three body
paragraphs, and a conclusion. It should have a main point, or thesis. The essay should focus around this main point, and answer the question completely. Therefore, the essay needs to have proper
organization. Make sure to use a few minutes to create a brief outline. Use clear transitioning statements to move from paragraph to paragraph. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence that gives
the reader an idea of what’s coming next. The essay also needs to have examples or evidence to illustrate or support the main point. It does not have to contain complex vocabulary – it is sufficient
to demonstrate correct grammar and spelling. An essay following these general principles will without a doubt meet the requirements of the Hunter exam.