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About This Course
Get ready for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) through the brief video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this study guide. Our course includes lessons on each topic covered in both sections of the SHSAT. In preparation for the verbal section, you'll review information on reading comprehension, writing structure and analysis of various types of texts. Lessons on topics like the basic operations of arithmetic, algebra equations, fundamentals of geometry and consumer math can help you practice of the math portion of the test. Each lesson is created by instructors who understand what the SHSAT requires.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
Our test prep course has been designed to make getting ready for the SHSAT exam simple and convenient. All of the information that you'll need to know to do well on the exam are covered here, from math topics such as factoring and inequalities to language arts content related to reading comprehension and writing. Once you finish this course, you should be ready to:
- Analyze and interpret texts
- Edit written work
- Use different approaches for reading comprehension
- Work with ratios, rates and proportions
- Read graphs and other data forms
- Detail the Pythagorean theorem and its uses
- Identify polyhedrons and geometric solids
- Describe triangles, quadrilaterals and circles
- Solve word problems using greatest common factor
- Explain systems of linear equations
- Solve and simplify rational expressions
- Discuss radical expressions and roots
- Use operations with decimals and fractions
In 342 lessons grouped into 50 chapters, our professional instructors lay out the material you need in order to prepare for the SHSAT exam. Test yourself using our lesson quizzes and chapter tests to identify any subject areas that require further study before exam day.
SHSAT Exam Information
The SHSAT is part of the application process for students in grades eight and nine who are seeking admission to ones of New York City's specialized high schools. The SHSAT is divided into verbal and mathematics portions.
- Number of Questions: 114 (57 in both mathematics and ELA sections)
- Question Type: 57 multiple-choice questions in ELA section; 52 multiple-choice and 5 grid-in questions in the mathematics section
- Time Limit: 180 minutes
SHSAT Exam Breakdown
|SHSAT Exam Concept||Percent of the SHSAT Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Reading Comprehension||40%||46-48 questions||33|
|Revising/Editing Section||10%||9-11 questions||11|
SHSAT Preparation & Registration
You must notify your school guidance counselor that you want to take the SHSAT. While specific dates vary, usually the time period for this is September through the first two weeks of October. Your counselor will obtain a test ticket for you that indicates the time, date and location for testing. Tell the counselor if there is a problem with your assigned testing session.
On the front of the test ticket, you will be asked to rank the specialized high schools in your order of preference. While you can apply to only one school, naming more will increase your chances of being offered a seat. However, only list schools that you are willing to attend. You and your parents or guardians must sign the test ticket. On test day, you'll need to bring the signed testing ticket, several sharpened #2 pencils, an eraser and a non-calculator watch to help you keep track of the time. You'll be provided with scrap paper for your calculations. Do not bring any electronic devices, including cell phones.
Our video lessons cover all the subject areas on the SHSAT, and the quizzes let you assess your knowledge and get practice answering these types of questions. You can watch the lessons anytime on a computer or mobile device and track your progress through our Dashboard feature. A clickable timeline makes it easy to review key parts of the lesson.
SHSAT Scoring and Score Reports
The SHSAT scoring process is complex because there are several versions of the test. Raw scores are converted into scaled scores. The scaled scores for the verbal and for the mathematics portion of the test are added to create a composite score, which is used to determine admission. The scores will be released on the same day as high school admissions round 1 results are posted. If you are offered a place at a school, you must formally accept it by signing a letter and giving it to your guidance counselor.
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