Looking to apply or know someone who would like to apply to one of the City’s Specialized High Schools next year?

Then listen up, because there is a new version of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and it is coming in hot.

Beginning fall 2017, students in grades 8 or 9 who are seeking admission to one of the City’s Specialized High Schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn Technical High School, will have to take the new version of the SHSAT.

So what is different about this new SHSAT?

  • Standard testing time is increasing from 150 to 180 minutes;
  • The “Verbal” section will now be called the “English Language Arts” section;
  • No more scrambled paragraphs or logical reasoning questions;
  • ELA section will now have questions concerning revising/editing;
  • Math section will now include 5 “grid-in” questions that make students write their answers instead of selecting answers from multiple choice options; and
  • All multiple choice questions will now have 4 answer choices instead of 5.

Together, these changes are being made by the DOE in order to align the SHSAT to the kind of instruction actually taking place in our classrooms. For example, the previous version of the SHSAT had scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning questions, and in many cases, our students had never seen those types of questions in their classes prior to taking the SHSAT. By aligning the new SHSAT to what our students are truly learning in City schools, our students will already be better prepared for the SHSAT in fall 2017 than in previous years.

For more information about these changes, including sample questions and answers to frequently asked questions, please review this online document.

We wish all of next year’s prospective applicants plenty of success!

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