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What are the SHSAT Math topics, and how to improve your Math score?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/18/2020

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is an examination that eighth and ninth grade students in New York City take each year in order to gain admittance to one of the city’s nine elite specialized high schools. Every exam season, about 30,000 students take the test in order to have a chance at admission. The test is made up of two sections, the ELA section and the math section. This blog is your personal guide to...


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Are Poems included in the SHSAT ELA section, and how to tackle poems?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
How to tackle poems

The Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT) does, in fact, include poems. But lucky for our more math-focused students, there is only one poem on each exam. The test writers know that poetry might not be every middle school student’s forte, and therefore only want to test your comprehension of the poem.

Questions ask about what certain symbols might represent, the function of specific comparisons, and word...


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What are the SHSAT ELA topics, and how to improve your ELA score?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
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Each year, 30,000 eighth graders and 3,000 ninth graders take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) in the hopes of gaining admission to the most elite high schools in New York City, the specialized high schools. This exam is accordingly competitive, pushing students to learn more advanced topics in order to garner the scores needed to enter these prestigious schools. The test is comprised of an...


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Is the SHSAT Banned, Changed, or Removed? Is the SHSAT Still there?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020

The dilemma began in June of 2018, when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to completely scrap the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT). Mayor de Blasio asserted that “the single standardized test could never capture all the talent, and the test has to go.” The proposal was to completely get rid of the exam and create a system that allows the top seven percent of students in each middle school to gain entrance to a specialized high school. At ...


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What does the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSS) specialize in? 

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
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Queens High School for the Sciences, otherwise known as QHSS, is yet another of the most elite high schools in New York City. Located in Jamaica, it is the only specialized high school that is in Queens. QHSS is part of a small subsection of specialized high schools that are connected to New York City’s public colleges. The school emphasizes college and career preparation, with a mission to educate “the whole child.” QHSS’s student body is diverse and...


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How many seats are offered through the SHSAT?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
Seats Offered through SHSAT

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is an exam that eighth and ninth graders across New York City take each year in order to gain admittance to one of eight specialized high schools. What are the eight specialized high schools that use the SHSAT as a measure?

  • Stuyvesant High School
  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Tech
  • Brooklyn Latin
  • Queens High School for the Sciences
  • High School for Math Science, and Engine...


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How do I get into Staten Island Technical School, and why should I choose this school? 

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020

While it might be the least likely specialized high school to be ranked for its location on Staten Island, Staten Island Technical High School is one of the most prestigious all of the specialized high schools. Students gain entrance by taking the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) and must gain a cutoff score of 527, making it the second hardest specialized high school to get in to. For ninth graders, a cutoff range of 557-567 is necessary for admission. Each year, ...


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What does Staten Island Tech specialize in?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
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Although Staten Island Technical High School is the furthest from the central city, it is still just a ferry ride away from the other four boroughs. More importantly, Staten Island Tech is the second most prestigious specialized high school in terms of cutoff score, and has resources, academic rigor, and academic performance to warrant that ranking. Despite its location, students from all over New York City attend Staten Isla...


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What does the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at the City College of New York specialize in?

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
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The High School for Math, Science, and Engineering (HSMSE) at the City College of New York is another of New York City’s most elite specialized high schools. The school provides students with an educational experience that not only provides comprehensive knowledge of many disciplines through traditional learning but also through research and hands-on experience. The school aims to engage students in inquiry, critical thinking, and expressio...


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How do I get into Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSS), and why this school? 

Posted By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | 01/17/2020
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Queens High School for the Sciences, or QHSS, is another specialized high school that you can gain admittance to by acing the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). To get into QHSS, students are required to take the exam and obtain a score that is above the cutoff score of 514 for the eighth grade exam. Of 30,000 students who take the eighth grade exam, only 100 seats to QHSS are offered. This means that about 0.03% of test takers are able to get into QHSS, making it ...


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