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SHSAT Info & FAQs

What is the SHSAT?

The SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) is a test used to determine admission into the Specialized High Schools in New York City.

Who takes the SHSAT?

The test is taken by 8th grade students who plan on applying to one of the Specialized High Schools in New York City. 9th grade students who would like to transfer to one of the Specialized High School tests are also required to take the SHSAT.

Which high schools require the SHSAT?

All of the Specialized High Schools in New York City, except for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, require the SHSAT for admission.

When is the SHSAT given?

The SHSAT is generally given in late October or early November.

What is on the SHSAT?

There are two main sections to the SHSAT: Verbal and Math. Verbal includes reading comprehension and revising/editing. Math topics include arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. For a more in-depth look at the topics covered on the SHSAT click here.

How long is the SHSAT?

The SHSAT is a 3-hour long test. Most students need the full three hours to finish the test.

How should I prepare for the SHSAT?

We always suggest taking a practice test before you start preparing for a test. By doing so, you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. We have a free SHSAT practice test with assessment.

Where is the SHSAT given?

The test location the student reports to is determined by the location of their current school, as shown in the table below.

Current School Location Testing Site Address
Manhattan Stuyvesant High School 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10282-1099
Bronx Bronx High School of Science 75 West 205th Street, Bronx, NY 10468
Brooklyn Districts
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 32
Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Queens Districts
24, 25, 26, 28, 30
Long Island City High School 14-30 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11106-3402
Queens Districts 27, 29
Brooklyn District 19
John Adams High School 101-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park, NY 11417
Staten Island Staten Island Technical High School 485 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10306