15 three-hour teaching sessions with a Kaplan expert teaching your child to build confidence and important test-taking skills through time-saving strategies, test-like practice, dynamic instruction, and targeted review of SHSAT content.
4 full-length practice exams with score analysis to identify areas for improvement and target their prep.
Our expert teachers have second-to-none credentials, top scores on the SHSAT, and a proven record of helping students gain admission into New York City Specialized High Schools.
Test Taking Strategies
Proven, score-raising strategies designed to help maximize available study time—and points on Test Day.
Kaplan’s comprehensive SHSAT course book to supplement their studies.
20 more hours than our 8-session prep course, and convenient class options and locations throughout the five boroughs
Learn alongside other students in a structured classroom setting led by an expert Kaplan teacher, students review and practice every question type on the test and learn the skills and strategies they need to succeed.
Every student learns differently, so we’ll give your child a comprehensive SHSAT course book to help boost their studies.
THE KAPLAN METHOD
Tackle the SHSAT like a pro
It’s not just about knowing what’s on the test; it’s about knowing how to take the test. Our expert instructors will help you identify and excel at the question types most common on the exam, and they’ll share the proven strategies that will help you tackle the SHSAT like a pro.
Kaplan’s proven strategies help you manage the exam effectively. You will gain confidence in knowing what to expect on the exam and knowing how to tackle questions quickly and accurately.
Our instructors will teach you how to stay ahead of the clock – without getting careless.
The only way to improve is to practice. With guided study plans, thousands of practice questions and full-length simulated exams, you will be fully prepared to achieve your target score on test day.
Meet the Prep Squad
We know that amazing teaching is about more than knowing the material. Our teachers are committed, captivating instructors who work with students to find their best path to success.
Get to know some of our instructors.
Only the best
Fewer than 1 out of 10 candidates qualify to teach for us.
Our team of teachers and tutors is the foundation of our programs. Each has second-to-none credentials, top test scores, and extensive training and development. Kaplan's teacher certification and development program ensures that our teachers and tutors are authorities on the tests, on score-raising strategies, and on teaching practices to raise test scores.
Niamh attended Brown University, where she studied education and linguistics. She loves helping her students solve tricky logical reasoning questions on the SHSAT. Outside of her Kaplan classroom, Niamh is pursuing a masters degree in speech-language pathology at Teachers College.
"I attended the High School of American Studies at Lehman College."
"I love to swim, particularly long distance and butterfly. I even have a swim cap autographed by Michael Phelps in my room!"
"When I was 6 years old, I was on a billboard promoting osteoporosis awareness. I wore my Girl Scout uniform and even had a milk mustache. Got milk?"
Jan has taught for more than 8 years and is one of Kaplan's elite pre-college instructors. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he understands the rigors of attending an elite school and looks forward to the daily challenge of helping other students gain admission. When he's not working, you can find Jan working out or snowboarding in the wintertime.
"I once trained in kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu."
"I worked with a well-known recording artist at my first retail job while I was in high school."
"I was the percussionist in my middle school orchestra."
Arthur has taught for more than 11 years and is one of Kaplan’s elite instructors. When he's not working with students, you can find him biking through the crowded streets of New York City.
"I can recite players' names from almost every Mets team of the past 30 years. The 1986 World Series was the first event I ever saw on television, so my loyalty runs deep."
"I won a school spelling bee in the fifth grade, and came in second in the seventh grade. I lost on the word 'plateau,' which I will never spell incorrectly again!"
Michael Silberblatt grew up in San Diego, CA and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Since moving to New York City in 2014, he has enjoyed working closely with students across all five boroughs to help them successfully achieve their SAT, ACT, SHSAT, SSAT, and ISEE test score goals! Michael has worked at the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholars Program and continues to work with the National YoungArts Foundation to provide high school students in the arts with life-changing experiences and career opportunities.
"I do occasional work as a voice actor for commercials and animated projects! As weird as it sounds, I can actually speak out loud using three different voices simultaneously."
"In 2010, I met President Obama and shook his hand in the White House. Best day ever."
"I am the king of April Fools Day. I even got a well-known celebrity to help me execute an April Fools Day prank in 2016."
Why Prep for the SHSAT with Kaplan?
Kaplan's comprehensive courses are research-based and specifically designed to help students score higher on the SHSAT.
Our founder, Stanley H. Kaplan, invented the test prep industry in Brooklyn over 75 years ago. While today Kaplan is a global educational provider, our roots will always be right here in New York.
We focus on reviewing the content on the exam, teaching your child critical thinking strategies so they can move efficiently through the test. It’s not enough to feel prepared. Your child should be confident on Test Day.
We emphasize maximizing your child’s available study time with the right strategies and methods - not laboring on rote memorization and drill techniques. Your child should prep smarter, not harder.
We understand a high SHSAT score can change the trajectory of your child’s education. To this end, we are dedicated to helping your child achieve his or her goals — we succeed when your child succeeds.