Getting accepted into a New York City Specialized High School is the dream of many students. It can seem daunting, but we're here to make it happen.
We have three proven ways to help students, which accomodate all budgets and learning styles.

We have helped students of ALL backgrounds from ALL starting points improve their SHSAT scores.

Some students have started with with as low as 30% correct and some with 90%, but we’ve been able to help them all improve their SHSAT scores.

You don't have to be a good test-taker to improve with Caddell Prep

Too often, we come across students who have high grades in school that don’t match up with their PSAT or SAT scores. It’s a common problem among students that’s a concern for  students and their parents.

However, we are able to help turn them into good SAT test takers. We have found that the transformation involves learning tricks to answer questions and gaining confidence in their abilities. Gaining confidence is the hard part, but not impossible. It involves practicing, taking sample tests and receiving support from their tutors.

Prepare with us and be confident that you'll succeed on test day.

"There is no doubt that the reason my daughter got into Staten Island Tech is because of her preparation with Caddell Prep."
Mike Primiano

Ultimate SHSAT Prep Package

We can help your child ace the SHSAT and remove the stress of taking the test.
Extremely limited availabilty.

  • 62.5 Hours of In-Person SHSAT Prep Class and 5 Practice Tests, Capped at 8 Students per Class (normally $2,295)
  • Additional 12 Hours of REAL 1-on-1 Tutoring (normally $960)
  • Online SHSAT Prep Course with Full Access for a Year (normally $499)

Normally $3,757

Special Bundle Pricing: $2,500

(Save $1,257)

Choose the class schedule that works best for you

Pay in full or just leave a deposit to reserve your spot

The in-person SHSAT Class meets on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. 

The 1-on-1 tutoring will be scheduled based on your convenience and our tutors’ availability.

Date & Time Lesson
W . 07/08/20 . 3:30-6:30pm M . 07/13/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 07/15/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 07/20/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 07/22/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 07/27/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 07/29/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 08/03/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 08/05/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 08/10/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 08/12/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 08/17/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 08/19/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 08/24/20 . 3:30-6:30pm W . 08/26/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 08/31/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 09/02/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 09/07/20 . OFF W . 09/09/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 09/14/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 09/16/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 09/21/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 09/23/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 09/28/20 . 3:30-6:00pm W . 09/30/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 10/06/20 . 3:30-6:30pm W . 10/07/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 10/12/20 . 3:30-6:30pm W . 10/14/20 . 3:30-6:00pm M . 10/19/20 . 3:30-6:30pm W . 10/21/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Test 1 Lesson 01 Lesson 02 Lesson 03 Lesson 04 Lesson 05 Lesson 06 Lesson 07 Lesson 08 Lesson 09 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12 Test 2 Lesson 13 Lesson 14 Lesson 15 OFF Lesson 16 Lesson 17 Lesson 18 Lesson 19 Lesson 20 Test 3 Lesson 21 Lesson 22 Test 4 Lesson 23 Lesson 24 Test 5 Lesson 25
Date & Time Lesson
Th . 07/089/20 . 3:30-6:30pm T . 07/14/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 07/16/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 07/21/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 07/23/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 07/28/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 07/30/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 08/04/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 08/06/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 08/11/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 08/13/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 08/18/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 08/20/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 08/25/20 . 3:30-6:30pm Th . 08/27/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 09/01/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 09/03/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 09/08/20 . OFF Th . 09/10/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 09/15/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 09/17/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 09/22/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 09/24/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 09/29/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Th . 10/01/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 10/06/20 . 3:30-6:30pm Th . 10/08/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 10/13/20 . 3:30-6:30pm Th . 10/15/20 . 3:30-6:00pm T . 10/20/20 . 3:30-6:30pm Th . 10/22/20 . 3:30-6:00pm Test 1 Lesson 01 Lesson 02 Lesson 03 Lesson 04 Lesson 05 Lesson 06 Lesson 07 Lesson 08 Lesson 09 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12 Test 2 Lesson 13 Lesson 14 Lesson 15 OFF Lesson 16 Lesson 17 Lesson 18 Lesson 19 Lesson 20 Test 3 Lesson 21 Lesson 22 Test 4 Lesson 23 Lesson 24 Test 5 Lesson 25


We all know that admission into a specialized high school could come down to getting or not getting one more question right. That’s why we guarantee that you’ll improve by at least 10 more questions right after finishing our Ultimate SHSAT Prep Package or we’ll give you a full refund of every cent you paid for SHSAT prep.

SHSAT Prep Class on Staten Island

Popular. Covers everything needed for the test. Small class-size allows for some individual attention.

  • Classes are capped at 8 students
  • 62.5 hours on in-person lessons
  • 5 practice tests with score reports
  • Strategies to answer questions quickly and correctly

SHSAT Prep Tutoring

Best option for students who need personalized attention or need to delve into a specific topic.

  • 1-on-1 individualized attention
  • Full attention of the tutor
  • Learn strategies to answer questions quickly and correctly
  • Work on topics you need help with the most

Online SHSAT Prep Course

Ideal for students with busy schedules.

  • Practice according to your own schedule
  • Easy to understand videos
  • 4 full-length practice tests modeled off of actual SHSATs

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The SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admissions Test) is used by the New York City Specialized High Schools to determine admission into the school. Performance on the SHSAT is the sole factor used when determining admission to a New York City Specialized High School, which is why SHSAT prep is so important. Certain other schools in the country also use the SHSAT for admission. The SHSAT is broken down into two large sections – Verbal and Math. However, the verbal section is actually broken down into Revising/Editing and Reading Comprehension. Students take the SHSAT in the fall of 8th grade. If a student does not gain access to a specialized high school after the 8th grade test, the student can try one more time in the fall of 9th grade. We offer three options for preparing for the SHSAT. Whether your child prefers 1-on-1 tutoring, a prep class, or self-paced online SHSAT prep, we are able to help.

Facts About the SHSAT

The SHSAT is used for Admission to the Following Schools in NYC

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School
*Note that Fiorello H. Laguardia High School is also a specialized high school, but it does not use SHSAT for admission.

What is on the SHSAT?

The SHSAT is comprised of two parts: Part 1 – English Language Arts and Part 2 – Mathematics. The parts can be taken in any order; questions may be answered in any order. The ELA (English Language Arts) part of the test tests students, abilities to revise and edit sentences, paragraphs and passages. The ELA part also includes reading comprehension questions. The Mathematics part covers a wide-range of topics, including arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

Format of the SHSAT

Standard testing time •180 minutes
ELA section (57 items) •9-11 revising/editing questions: 5-8 stand-alone questions and 2 passages with 6-8questions each (see attached sample questions) •6 reading passages, including a poem, with 5-7 questions each •All questions are multiple choice questions
Math section (57 items) •5 grid-in questions (see attached sample questions) •52 multiple choice word problems and computational questions
Other notes •All multiple choice questions (all ELA questions; all math questions except grid-in items) will have 4 answer choices instead of 5. •All passages in 2017 will be nonfiction passages; starting in 2018 literary passages and persuasive passages (e.g., editorials) could be included on the test. •Embedded field test passages and items will be interspersed throughout the relevant sections of the test (10 items in each section); students will not be able to determine which questions are the field test questions.

Sample Questions

Sample SHSAT Revising/Editing Question
Sample revising/editing question from 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook
Sample SHSAT Reading Comprehension Questions
Sample reading comprehension questions from 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook
Sample open-ended math questions from 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook
Sample SHSAT multiple choice math questions
Sample multiple choice math questions from 2017-2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook

How Should I Prepare for the SHSAT?

First Step: Practice Test

Assuming you already did your research and have decided that you want to attend a Specialized High School, the first step in preparing for the test should be to take a practice test with diagnostics that allow you to measure your strengths and weaknesses. You can take a free practice SHSAT with diagnostics at our office, just call to schedule a day and time. You can also take a free SHSAT online on our website here:

Next Steps

Your next steps depend on how much time you have until the test. If you have sufficient time, you should review all of the topics on the test. Just because you are good at a certain topic, doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The questions on the test are tricky and may require you to apply knowledge of a topic in a way that you are not familiar with. Also, the test is timed, so it is important to be proficient enough to be able to answer the questions quickly. If you are limited on time, a good strategy may be to focus on the part you are best at, ELA or Math, and try to ace it. If you are not clearly better at either section, focus on the topics that can have the biggest impact on your grade – the question topic with the most wrong answers.

Continuously Practice and Measure

While you are reviewing, take practice tests with diagnostics to see how you are improving. This will give you some insight into how to adjust your studying if necessary.

Scoring the SHSAT

The SHSAT is scored out of a possible 800 points, with the English section and math section scored separately out of 400 each. There isn’t a direct conversion from a raw score (number of correct questions) to the scaled score because the results are normalized. In general, it has been shown to be better for a student to do really well on one section than to do average on both. The scoring is complex. A post dedicated to explaining how the SHSAT is scored is available here.

Other Advice

Getting into a specialized high school is a big deal. However, whether or not you get in will not define who you are and what you can achieve. It is possible to put so much pressure on yourself that you cannot focus during the test and constantly second-guess yourself. Realizing that the test won’t make or break who you are will allow you to think more clearly and excel. The other way to reduce stress is to be prepared. If you prepare well for the test and have done well on the practice tests, you shouldn’t worry on test day.

What are the Specialized High Schools?

Here is the list of the eight specialized high schools that use the SHSAT for admission, along with some information to find out more about each.
  • Stuyvesant High School 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10282 (212) 312-4800
  • Staten Island Technical High School 485 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10306 (718) 667-3222
  • Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 804-6400
  • Bronx High School of Science 75 West 205th Street, Bronx, NY 10468 (718) 817-7700
  • The Brooklyn Latin School 223 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (718) 366-0154
  • High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York 240 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031 (212) 281-6490
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College 2925 Goulden Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468 (718) 329-2144
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College 94-50 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433 (718) 657-3181

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