SHSAT- The “Stuyvesant” Test

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 Specialized High School Entrance Exam Test Dates:

Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25


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Option 1:

15 Thursdays: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Option 2:

15 Fridays: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Class 1: January 21

Class 2: January 28

Class 3: February 3

Class 4: February 11

No Class February 18 (Mid-Winter Break)

Class 5: February 25

Class 6: March 3

Class 7: March 10

Class 8: March 17

Class 9: March 24

Class 10: March 31

Class 11: April 7

Class 12: April 14

No Class April 21 (Spring Break)

No Class April 28 (Spring Break)

Class 13: May 5

Class 14: May 12

Class 15: May 19

Tuition: $2,000

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Class 1: January 22

Class 2: January 29

Class 3: February 4

Class 4: February 12

No Class February 19 (Mid-Winter Break)

Class 5: February 26

Class 6: March 4

Class 7: March 11

Class 8: March 18

Class 9: March 25

Class 10:April 1

Class 11: April 8

Class 12: April 15

No Class April 22 (Spring Break)

No Class May 29 (Spring Break)

Class 13:May 6

Class 14: May 13

Class 15: May 20

Tuition: $2,000

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Option 3:

15 Saturdays: Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Option 4:

15 Saturdays: Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Class 1: January 23

Class 2: January 30

Class 3: February 6

No Class February 13 (Mid-Winter Break)

Class 4: February 20

Class 5: February 27

Class 6: March 5

Class 7: March 12

Class 8: March 19

Class 9: March 26

Class 10: April 2

Class 11: April 9

Class 12: April 16

No Class April 23 (Spring Break)

No Class April 30 (Spring Break)

Class 13: May 7

Class 14: May 14

Class 15: May 21

Tuition: $2,000

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Class 1: January 24

Class 2: January 31

Class 3: February 7

No Class February 14 (Mid-Winter break)

Class 4: February 21

Class 5: February 28

Class 6: March 6

Class 7: March 13

Class 8: March 20

Class 9: March 27

Class 10: April 3

Class 11: April 10

Class 12: April 17

No Class April 24 (Spring Break)

No Class May 1 (Spring Break)

Class 13:May 8

Class 14: May 15

Class 15: May 22

Tuition: $2,000

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Video 1: Why I Chose Stuyvesant

Video 2: Specialized High Schools Compared

Video 3: Getting into Specialized High Schools

Video 4: Last Day of SHSAT Prep Class

Video 5: Morning of the Specialized High School Entrance Exam

Video 6: From Public High School to the Ivy Leagues

Video 7: Bonus: Townsend Harris High School

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 SHSAT Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the economic crunch, it may seem harder than ever to send your children to private schools. I would like to dedicate this mini-article on showing students and parents what they need to do in order to get into one of the excellent Specialized Public High Schools in New York City. Please feel free to contact us at 1800- 631 – 1757 Website: Article by Frances Kweller, Founder of Kweller Prep Tutoring


Q: What are the Specialized High Schools in New York City?

A: Stuyvesant HS, Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical School, Queens HS for the Sciences at York College, LaGuardia HS of Music & Art & Performing Arts..


Q: Why should my child try to attend of these specialized high schools?

Specialized high schools are completely free. Students in specialized high scores score consistently better on the Regents, SATs, ACTs, and on other standardized tests compared to other high schools. College admission rates are also higher.


Q: How does my child get in to a Specialized High School?

A: All students must take an exam, the SHSAT, which stands for Specialized High School Admissions Test. La Guardia requires an audition.


Q: A specialized high school is in my neighborhood. Does the location of our home affect my child’s admission into a specialized high school?

A: No. Admission to a specialized high school is ONLY dependent on his/her score on the SHSAT.


Q: Does my child’s grades at his/her middle school affect admission into a specialized high school?

A: No. Admission to a specialized high school is ONLY dependent on his/her score on the SHSAT.


Q: How can I find out more about each specialized high school?

A: There is a Citywide High School Fair at Brooklyn Tech High School on September 28th and 29th, 2013 from 10 A.M to 3 P.M. (29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217)


Q: What is tested on the SHSAT?

A: English and Math. Specifically: Reading comprehension, logical reasoning, unscrambling paragraphs, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.


Q: What is the breakdown of the SHSAT?

A: The SHSAT is a 2 hour and 30 minute test. There is a 75 minute verbal section containing 45 multiple choice questions and a math section containing 50 multiple choice questions. There are 5 scrambling paragraph questions, 10 logical reasoning questions, and 30 reading comprehension questions in the verbal section. There are five answer choices for each question.


Q: Will I get penalized for wrong answers?

No. But remember, you must answers at least 95% of the questions and GET THEM RIGHT to have a competitive chance of gaining admission to Stuyvesant.


Q: Can I just predict my score by multiplying the percentage I get correct on a practice test by 800?

No. Your raw score is converted to a scaled score. This scale is kept confidential by the New York City Department of Education. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see an estimated score chart.


Q: Will I have to write an essay?

A: No. The entire test is multiple choice. Knowing how to write a good essay is extremely helpful though. On the SHSAT, there is a scrambled paragraph section which requires an understanding of how sentences within a paragraph are inter-connected.


Q: Will I have to be interviewed?

A: No. The Baccalaureate Exam (taken in grades 6 and 8) requires an interview.  The SHSAT and Hunter tests do not.


Q: Can I take the SHSAT multiple times?

You can take the SHSAT a maximum of two times. You may choose to take or retake it in the 9th grade. Testing in 9th grade is more competitive because of a limited number of spots open in each school. We do not advise you take the test for “practice” in the 8th grade and then “seriously” in the 9th grade. Let’s be crystal clear: your chances of getting in are much better by taking the test as an 8th grader. Remember that Stuyvesant takes 800-plus kids entering grade 9, but only 10 who enter grade 10. Also, it is better to be a student at a specialized high school starting grade 9, not 10. This way, you have all of 9th grade to get acclimated to the school, teachers, and competitive environment.


Q: When is the SHSAT test given?

A: The test was most recently held on October 26, 2013 and October 27, 2013 for 8th Graders. (You will be assigned a date after you register.) The test was held on November 2, 2013 for 9th graders. The test was held on Sunday, November 17, 2013 for Sabbath observers. A letter of proof by a Rabbi must be presented as evidence to allow your child to test on a Sunday. You can’t just register to take the test on aSunday.


Q: How can I register to take the SHSAT?

A: You must speak to your guidance counselor and request for an admission ticket.


Q: When and where I can register to take the SHSAT?

A: Last year, registration for the SHSAT and LaGuardia audition began on September 11, 2013 and ended on October 9, 2013. Your school’s Guidance Counselor has all the information necessary to register your child.

NOTE: If your child attends a private school, the school guidance counselor must (by NYS law) give  the student the opportunity to register for the SHSAT.  Please make sure that no matter what kind of school your child attends, that he or she is able to register for this test if you desire to do so.  If your child is home schooled, then you need to contact the local home-schooled counselor to show proof of home-schooling and then you can register your child for this test through STEMS, a special database for SHSAT registration, Also please note that, unfortunately, there is no way that you can keep SHSAT registration a secret from your private or parochial school or school counselor. Many parents have approached me to ask me this, and I checked and there is no way to do this. Unfortunately, many private schools do not want to see their students leave, and sometimes SHSAT registration books are kept hidden from them. Please remember that, by law,  all NYC students must have access to SHSAT registration.   

Q: Can I just walk in to take the test?

A: No. You must have an admission ticket on hand to test. You cannot take the test without a printed admission ticket.


Q: How much does this test cost?

A: It is completely free, paid for by NYC tax dollars… (yippee! Finally)


Q: How can I get into the specialized high school of my choice?

A: You must score above the cutoff score for that school. There is no other way. Please see the Kweller video #3 (lady in white shirt/ school guidance counselor). In this video, she explains how to select specialized high schools on your registration ticket.


Q: What are the cutoff scores for each specialized high school?

It changes from year to year, based on the performance of the applicant pool of that year. Stuyvesant typically has the highest cutoff score, followed by Bronx Science, then York High School in Queens.  Please focus on the SCHOOL, not the cut-off score. Be sure to VISIT every school in person to see if this school is for you. Do not do not do not choose your schools based on the cut-off scores. They are all very different from one another.


Q: How many months in advance should my child prepare for the SHSAT?

A: Depending on your child’s level, we recommend 3 to 6 months of preparation. This can be time consuming and costly, but very well worth all the effort. The specialized schools in NYC are among the best in the country, and completely free.


Q. What is the best way to prepare for the test?

A: Kweller Prep. There, students can take multiple proctored practice tests, and work through some of the toughest math and English questions on the SHSAT with an experienced tutor. Yes, you can study on your own, but it is incredibly difficult to do so.

At Kweller Prep, we offer a, 8-week intensive SHSAT Summer Camp program. Many students take this two summers in a row, after 6th grade and then again after 7th grade. the actual SHSAT is in October of 8th grade, and it is a HUGE MISTAKE to wait until September to study for this test.


Q: What are some basic facts of each specialized high school?

Bronx Science

Address: 75 West 205th Street Bronx, NY 10468

Subway: 1 to 238th St; 4, B, D to Bedford Park Blvd

Bus: BX03, BX1, BX10, BX2, BX22, BX26, BX28, BX2838, BX38

Total Students: 3,017

Bronx Science has had 132 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, eight graduates who have won Nobel Prizes, and six graduates to have won Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to its reputation for excellence in science, Bronx Science emphasizes humanities and social science courses. Because parents are sometimes hesitant about having their children take the subway early in the morning, some students opt to take Vallo Transportation, a private bus company that serves Manhattan and Queens.


Brooklyn Technical School 

Address: 29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn, NY 11217

Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St; A to Hoyt & Schermerhorn Sts; B, Q, R to DeKalb Av; C to Lafayette Av; D, N to Atlantic Av; F to Jay St-Borough Hall; G to Fulton St; M to Lawrence St.

Bus: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69

Total Students: 5, 140

The school itself is large to accommodate for the student population and is equipped with a pool, weight training room, and other facilities for the various sports teams. The curriculum at Tech emphasizes the practical applications of science. Students at Tech declare a major at the end of their sophomore year and take at least two periods a day of that subject in their junior and senior years. Majors include aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering, environmental engineering, media, mathematics, biological science, industrial design, and law and society.


Brooklyn Latin High School

Address: 325 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11206

Subway: G to Broadway; J, M to Flushing Av; L to Montrose Av; Z to Myrtle Ave.

Bus: B15, B43, B46, B47, B48, B57, B60, Q54, Q59

Total Students: 336

Brooklyn Latin emphasizes on the classics and Latin language instruction. The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, which offers college level courses. A dress code is required: white oxford shirt, school tie, khaki pants/skirt, black belt, and black shoes.


High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Address: 2925 Goulden Avenue Bronx, NY 10468

Subway: 1 to 231st St; 4 to Bedford Park Blvd-Lehman College; B, D to Bedford Park Blvd

Total Students: 371

Bus: BX03, BX09, BX1, BX10, BX2, BX22, BX26, BX28, BX2838, BX32, BX34, BX38

This school, quite obviously, has an emphasis on the humanities. Through the high school’s collaboration with Lehman College, students have access to the campus library and facilities. Students can also opt to take courses at the college during their junior and senior years.


High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College

Address: 240 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

Subway: 1 to 137th St-City College; 2, 3, B, C to 135th St; A, D to 145th St

Bus: M4, M5, M18, M100, M101, BX19

Total Students: 407

HSME was created with a goal to promote mathematics, science, and engineering while emphasizing civic responsibility. HSME has special access to CCNY’s facilities. Its small student population allows for close relationships with teachers.


Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

Address: 94-50 159th Street Jamaica, NY 11433

Subway: E, J, Z to Parsons Blvd-Archer Av; F to Parsons Blvd


Q01, Q02, Q03, Q04, Q05, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q40, Q41, Q42, Q44, A54, Q56, Q6, Q60, Q65, Q76, Q8, Q83, Q84, Q85, Q9

Total Students: 408

This high school offers both a variety of AP courses as well as College Now courses, both of which can be used for college credit. Students are given the opportunity to work with York professors on science projects.


Staten Island Technical High School

Address: 485 Clawson Street Staten Island, NY 10306

Subway: Staten Island Railway (SIR) to New Dorp>

Bus: S57, S74, S76, S78, S79

Total Students: 1020

Staten Island students are all required to take Russian, the only language offered at the school. Sports teams are shared with McKee High School and do well. There is an art requirement, which is satisfied by technology and engineering classes.


Stuyvesant High School

Address: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Chambers St; 4, 5, J, Z to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge; N, Q to Canal St; R to City Hall

Bus: M1, M05, M06, M10, M20, M22

Total Students: 3287

Stuyvesant is the most selective of all specialized schools with the highest cutoff score. The school offers more AP exams than any other school in the city and sends roughly a quarter of each class to the Ivy League and other highly selective colleges. Despite its reputation to be a pressure cooker, it has taken measures to lower the workload in recent years.


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Bonus Article: Pros and Cons of Stuyvesant


As a rising senior at Stuyvesant High School, I know the school like the back of my hand. With such experience, I can describe the pros and cons of my soon-to-be alma mater in a way that a guidance counselor or typical guide book will probably fall short. Here are the true reasons why you should (or, perhaps, should not) go to “Stuy”:


  • You will be challenged. Your classmates are some of the smartest and most motivated students from all five boroughs
  • Probably the most Advanced Placement courses in New York City.
  • One of the best computer science programs in the country. Students can take up to three years of CompSci classes.
  • Many intriguing electives in every field, including Genetics, Molecular Biology, Poetry, Civil Law, Watercolor, Systems Level Programming, and more.
  • You can go off campus for lunch.
  • Great food options nearby. After a long day of classes, this becomes very important. There is enough variety to keep pretty much everyone satisfied. My favorite is Whole Foods right down the block.
  • You get to meet people like Jack Cahn.
  • Battery Park on the Hudson River, located just one block from the school, provides a really nice area for relaxation. Our track team, nationally ranked, meets there, so do the majority of students for lunch.
  • The Stuyvesant Sing! Production brings the whole school together for a few months every year.
  • You will leave Stuyvesant and be college-ready. Many Stuyvesant graduates say Stuyvesant High School make the Ivy League look easy.
  • Exam-based grading makes evaluations less arbitrary and more fair.


  • Very competitive. Your classmates are some of the smartest and most motivated students from all five boroughs.
  • Surprisingly low acceptance rates into top colleges due to strong applicant pool. What I mean here is that each college will only take so many kids from each school. So at times a school will meet its “Stuyvesant quota” and not take more students into its prestigious school. Don’t get me wrong here: almost everyone goes to a top college—just not always their top choice.
  • Persistent tension between administration and student body. There is a lot of bureaucracy at the school. Presidents, vice-presidents, governing bodies, student bodies.. Don’t expect things to change fast.
  • The Ministry of Cheating-prevention: OK so here the city of New York pays some guy over $100,000 a year to prevent cheating at Stuyvesant. He was hired after a cheating scandal during the 2012 NYS Regents exams. Don’t expect to copy homework from anyone at Stuy.
  • You will not get enough sleep. Enough Said.
  • Athletes beware: the lack of sports facilities this past year left the Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, Track, and Swimming teams without a true “home” to practice in.
  • STUYVESANT IS HUGE. The school contains about 3300 students, which can be a little overwhelming at times.
  • Stuyvesant is in the news every single year due to some kind of argument or scandal. It can be the most petty thing—but it will make the New York Times, which means your name can show up negatively in online searches, for all the colleges to see.
  • Lots of required classes. Stuyvesant students are expected to graduate with Advanced regents Diplomas, so many are forced to take classes they otherwise would not.
  • The language department is pretty weak. I feel like in my last year of Spanish I got worse; the classes in language are not structured as well as they could be, and there is plenty of room for improvement.
  • First year of Stuyvesant can be incredibly intimidating. Don’t expect an easy transition from middle school to high school.  This is the part where I plug Kweller Prep, because almost all the tutors here are Stuyvesant Alumni. They can not only tutor you on the subjects at Stuyvesant, but provide invaluable mentorship and transitional support.

Overall, there is no question in my mind that the pros of Stuyvesant outweigh the cons. It’s a very special place, and you will get an invaluable free education. That being said, make sure you know what you’re signing up for. Although I’m sure you will have a lot of fun, Stuyvesant can be unpleasant and stressful at times. In the end, though, it will be worth it. Now go study for your SHSAT. The test is October 26 and 27 of this year.


Jeremy Karson, Kweller Prep Intern



The SHSAT test is graded on a very sharp curve.

There are two sections on this exam, the English section which consists of scrambled paragraphs, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension and the math section.

Each section is graded separately.

Each question is worth exactly 1 point except for the scrambled paragraphs which are worth 2 points each.

The highest possible raw score is 100 whereas the scaled score is 800.


How to grade your own test:

1) Count the number of right answers per section and assign a point for each question, two points for each correct scrambled paragraph.

2) You will have two scores, one for each section. These scores are referred to as your ‘raw score.’ (Each score should be between 1 and 50)

3) Use the conversion chart below for each section to see what you would get per section when put on the scaled score.


Here’s the conversion table:









































































































STUYVESANT KIDS GO TO TOP COLLEGES! See the impressive acceptance data below. 

This website (called Stuyclopedia) has all the admissions decisions for Stuyvesant students.

2015 Styvesant Acceptance List
2014 Styvesant Acceptance List
2013 Styvesant Acceptance List

The traditional statistic is that over 1/3 Stuyvesant’s graduating class is accepted to an Ivy League or Tier 1 nationally-ranked school.


Newcomers to New York Can Sign-Up for Specialized High School Exam and Audition for LaGuardia High School

Newcomers to New York City, who are entering 9th or 10th grade in September, may register to take the summer exam for admission to one of New York City’s nine selective specialized high schools, and to audition for the arts school, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. From July 11-August 24, families may register and pick up an admissions ticket for the test and audition at any New York City Department of Education Borough Enrollment Office.


Eligibility Requirements:

(Students must meet all three criteria)

  • Entering 9th or 1oth grade for the first time in September 2011 AND
  • Moved to New York City after Nov. 1, 2010 AND
  • Did not take the specialized high school exam (SHSAT) or audition for LaGuardia in Fall 2010


Required Documents to Register:

  • Proof of Residence
  • Child’s proof of birth
  • Child’s immunization records, and
  • Final 2011 Report Card


Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT):

Date: Monday, August 29, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Stuyvesant High School

353 Chambers Street, New York NY


Auditions for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

100 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY


Students must be registered and have an admissions ticket to be admitted to the test or audition.

Be aware that entrance to the specialized high schools is highly competitive. Most successful applicants spend a good deal of time preparing. See the 2011-2012 Specialized High School Handbook for a sample test and audition guidelines.

For more information, please visit the Department of Education’s website, or attend one of the summer high school information sessions.

Kweller Prep is a learning incubator, designed for busy students “To Get You Where You Want To Go.”

About Kweller Prep:

Kweller Prep is a learning incubator specializing high school entrance and college admissions preparation, subject tutoring, mentorship, and support. The company was founded by Frances Kweller who decided to “Fill in the Gaps” within the education system. She graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and Hoftra University School of Law.

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Private School Counselors: THIS is the website you need to access to register your students to take the SHSAT.

This is an easy, clear, website.

Please contact me with any registration questions: 



Dear Parent:


In response to your request, arrangements have been made for you and your child to review results from the Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT).

Appointment Information:

Your appointment can be scheduled at
Please indicate if you will need a translator during your test view. The appointment will be held at the New York City Department of Education, 131 Livingston St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201. The security staff will direct you to where the review will be held.

Important Information about Your Appointment:

The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with an opportunity to review a copy of the answer sheet completed on test day by your child. This meeting will be conducted by a SHSAT Content Specialist. If you do not wish to review the answer sheet but have other questions about the high school admissions process or eligibility for the Specialized High Schools, there is no need to schedule the appointment. For these questions only, you may contact Ingrid Wong, Office of Student Enrollment, at

You must be present at the review and must be accompanied by one or two parent(s)/guardian(s). We cannot conduct the review without at least one parent or guardian present. One hour has been allotted for the test review. Only you and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be allowed at the appointment.

Special Arrangements:

If you need to cancel or reschedule the appointment, please email as soon as possible. You may only reschedule your appointment once due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or an emergency. No exceptions will be made.

Please bring this letter with you to the appointment and show it to the security staff at the front desk in the Department of Education. If you have any questions, please contact Lucia Figueras.


Lucia Figueras
Office of Assessment
New York City Department of Education



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Here are the cutoff scores for the last 5 years of SHSAT testing.


Stuyvesant 556

Bronx Science 510

Brooklyn Latin 477

Bronx Technical 483


HSAS @ Lehman 503

Queens Science @ York College 505

Staten Island Tech 508


Stuyvesant 559

Bronx Science 517

Brooklyn Latin 480

Bronx Technical 486


HSAS @ Lehman 506

Queens Science @ York College 500

Staten Island Tech 506


Stuyvesant 562

Bronx Science 513

Brooklyn Latin 471

Bronx Technical 483


HSAS @ Lehman 501

Queens Science @ York College 500

Staten Island Tech 503


Stuyvesant 562

Bronx Science 512

Brooklyn Latin 472

Bronx Technical 482


HSAS @ Lehman 502

Queens Science @ York College 500

Staten Island Tech 499




Stuyvesant 567

Bronx Science 518

Brooklyn Latin 477

Bronx Technical 487


HSAS @ Lehman 508

Queens Science @ York College 502

Staten Island Tech 485