Who takes this test?
Students in grades eight or nine who want to enroll in one of New York City’s specialized high schools must take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). All students in grades eight and nine who are current New York City residents are eligible.
The schools that require the SHSAT are:
- Bronx High School of Science
- Brooklyn Latin School
- Brooklyn Technical High School
- High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
- High School for American Studies at Lehman College
- Queens High School for Sciences at York College
- Staten Island Technical High School
- Stuyvesant High School
Are ELLS given glossaries for the exam?
Yes. Test proctors will provide English language learners (ELLs) and eligible former ELLs with bilingual mathematics glossaries on the day of the SHSAT. The glossaries provide word-to-word translations of key mathematics terms. The glossaries do not provide definitions. Students are not permitted to bring their own bilingual mathematics glossaries.
Glossaries are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. View sample glossaries below. Actual glossaries will be different on test day.
When is this test given?
Registration will begin in early September. Students should contact their school counselors to register. Please see the Student Enrollment page for more information about taking the exam and applying to the Specialized High Schools.
The SHSAT will be given on October 26 and October 27, with dates for English Language Learners, students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs or approved 504 plans, and make-up test requests on November 2 and November 17.
You can also learn more at the DREAM Program page.
What is on the test?
The SHSAT assesses knowledge and skills. These skills consist of the ability to comprehend English prose, to demonstrate understanding of revising and editing skills central to writing in English, and to use problem-solving skills in mathematics. The test measures knowledge and skills students have gained over the course of their education. Keeping up with schoolwork throughout the year is the best possible preparation.
How is the test scored?
Please see the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook (linked above) for a thorough description of the scoring process.
How are the results used?
Students are ranked according to their score on the test and assigned to a school depending on their rank, the priority in which they placed schools on their application, and the seats available at each school.
How are the results reported?
The results are reported as scale scores. Scale scores are based on the number of questions that the student answered correctly. Students receive scale scores for the ELA and mathematics sections of the test, which are added together to make their composite score.
After scores are released to the schools in March, students and their parents may review the results of their examinations by requesting an appointment with a Department of Education assessment specialist.
Can I request an appointment to review a copy of my child's answer sheet?
You and your child may review a copy of your child's answer sheet by requesting an appointment with a representative from the Office of Assessment. You must request an appointment within one month after scores are released. Instructions for requesting a test review will be made available after scores are released.