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About the SHSAT

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the only criterion for admissions to 8 of the 9 New York City Specialized High Schools. The only exception is the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which requires an audition or portfolio for admission.

The SHSAT is administered by the New York City Department of Education and is only available to New York City residents in the 8th grade. 9th grade students may also choose to take the 9th grade version of the SHSAT for a very limited number of seats that may become available at the Specialized High Schools.

In 2016, approximately 28,000+ students took the SHSAT, and less than 20% of those students were accepted to a New York City Specialized High School.

SHSAT 2018 Test Details

Timing

3 hours total (90 min per section suggested)

Scoring

Out of 800, math and verbal equally weighted

Raw Score

All questions worth one point

Unscored field test items included in both sections

Questions

114 total, 94 scored and 20 unscored

Answer Choices

4 choices and grid-in questions

ELA (formerly Verbal)

2017: Nonfiction reading comprehension and revising/editing passages and stand-alone questions

2018: 3-4 informational texts, 1-2 literary prose texts, 1 poem

The number of revising/editing questions will decrease to 9-11, while the number of reading comprehension questions will increase to 46-48

Math

Multiple choice and grid-in questions
Focus on word problems
Calculator not permitted

Registration Details

In order to be considered for admissions at one of the New York City Specialized High Schools (not including LaGuardia), students must register for the SHSAT through their counselor. Students should indicate interest in any of the schools by entering the appropriate information on their ticket.

Students must then obtain an admission ticket from their guidance counselor. The ticket will indicate the specific date and time of the SHSAT. On test day, students will be asked to rank the Specialized High School in order of preference.

For more information on registering for the SHSAT, refer to the NYC Department of Education's SHSAT information.

SHSAT 2018 Administration Dates

Current 8th graders

Saturday, October 20, 2018 & Sunday, October 21, 2018

First-time 9th graders

Sunday, October 21, 2018

SHSAT School Day Pilot

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Students with accommodations

Saturday, November 3, 2018 & Sunday, November 18, 2018

Students new to New York City

End of summer 2019

Which New York City specialized high school is right for you?

  • Bronx High School of Science

    Location: 75 West 205 St. Bronx, NY 10468

    Number of Students: 3,100

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics and science

    Advanced Courses: Mathematics, life sciences, physical sciences, and fine arts

    More: Students are provided opportunities for independent research along with extracurricular activities including orchestra and vocal music programs. Bronx Science has had more than twice as many finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search than any other school in the nation.

    Website: Bronx High School of Science

  • Brooklyn Latin School

    Location: 223 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Number of Students: Approximately 664 students (800 at full capacity)

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Humanities

    More: The Brooklyn Latin School provides a liberal arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the Classics and Latin language instruction. Students graduate with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Degree that is integral to the school’s curriculum. In all classes, students experience a strong and consistent emphasis on structured writing, public speaking, and analytical thinking.  

    Website: Brooklyn Latin School

  • Brooklyn Technical High School

    Location: 29 Fort Greene Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Number of Students: 5,843

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics, science, engineering, and computers

    More: All students take an academic core in the 9th and 10th grades and then choose from 1 of 12 major areas of concentration, ranging from Aerospace Engineering and Architecture to Graphic Communications and Computer Applications.

    Website: Brooklyn Technical High School

  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (doesn't require SHSAT)

    Location: 100 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

    Number of Students: 2,713

    Criteria for Admission: Audition or Portfolio

    Special Emphasis: Visual and performing arts

    More: The movie Fame (originally released in 1980, and remade in 2009) and the TV Series Fame both dramatized student life at the School of Performing Arts prior to its merger into LaGuardia High School, and an Off-Broadway show of Fame was produced in 2003–2004.

    Website: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

  • High School for Math, Science & Engineering at City College

    Location: 240 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

    Number of Students: 475

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics, engineering, and science

    Advanced Courses: Writing and composition, history and literature, language and the arts

    More: Students can complete high school requirements in their 3rd year of study and enroll in college level courses during their fourth year. Enrichment opportunities include school publications and academic competitions such as Math Team, Science Olympiad and Robotics.

    Website: High School for Math, Science & Engineering at City College

  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College

    Location: 2925 Goulden Ave, Bronx, NY 10468

    Number of Students: 369

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: American history

    Curriculum: Four years of English, mathematics, science, and foreign languages

    More: Students can engage in independent research with Lehman College faculty members, participate in internships in specialized programs, gain proficiency in a foreign language, and complement their high school course of study with college-level courses and seminars.

    Website: High School of American Studies at Lehman College

  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

    Location: 94-50 159th Street Jamaica, NY 11451

    Number of Students: 419

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics, science, and technology education

    Curriculum: Science research, mathematics research, or technology education

    More: Students are assigned to Research Project Advisors throughout their four years of high school. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in college classes during their fourth year of high school and those interested in careers in medicine are eligible for York College's Bridge to Medicine Program.

    Website: Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

  • Staten Island Technical High School

    Location: 485 Clawson Street Staten Island, NY 10306

    Number of Students: 1280

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics, science, computers, engineering, and the humanities

    More: Facilities include state of-the-art science, engineering and computer laboratories in addition to partnerships with College of Staten Island, St. John’s University, GLOBE, LEGO Robotics, and more. Staten Island Tech has a strong dedication to preparing students for college admissions with a wide range of advance placement courses along with student leadership, peer mediation, and conflict resolution programs.

    Website: Staten Island Technical High School

  • Stuyvesant High School

    Location: 345 Chambers St., New York, NY, 10282

    Number of Students: 3,327

    Criteria for Admission: SHSAT Score

    Special Emphasis: Mathematics, science, and technology

    More: Advanced Placement courses are offered along with mechanical arts and music programs. Extensive extracurricular programs offered including 22 athletic teams, 13 major publications and active student government. Currently ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation.

    Website: Stuyvesant High School