The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) offered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is used as an admissions test in New York for select specialized schools. Typically a student takes the exam at the outset of their eighth grade semester. They receive their results some six months later, and they make a decision on which school to attend before their freshman year arrives. Last year over 29,000 students took the SHSAT.
The admissions test is used for admission into the following schools:
* Bronx High School of Science
* Brooklyn Technical High School
* High School for Math
* Science and Engineering at City College
* High School for American Studies at Lehman College
* Queens High School for Sciences at York College
* Stuyvesant High School
The SHSAT is split into two test times. Students have two hours to complete each portion of the test. The first part covers verbal skills, like logic, reasoning, and reading skills. Part 2 covers math entirely, everything from geometry to even trigonometry for those in grade 9. There are 100 multiple choice questions between both portions of the exam.
Students receive a score for the verbal and for the math portions of the exam. A composite score combines both scores and this score determines the student’s eligibility for their desired school. Parents, students, and the schools receive test results and placement information in March. If a parent wishes, they can consult the Department of Education Assessment Specialist about test scores.
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