Should my child take the Hunter Test? A quiz for parents.

Should my child take the Hunter Test? A quiz for parents.

For some 6th graders, their first challenging standardized test is the three hour-long Hunter High School Entrance Exam, one that presents its own unique challenges to young test takers.

Here are the questions we ask parents when they decide to dive into Hunter prep. And let’s make it multiple choice – just like the Hunter Exam itself. Ours though will be about 82 questions shorter than the Hunter Exam itself. 

When should you begin SHSAT tutoring? Spoiler alert: don’t go overboard!

When a parent calls City Smarts wanting to begin SHSAT prep too far in advance, I tell them to call me back in the spring.

The SHSAT is very much a goldilocks kind of test. It’s a tricky, rigorous exam that does demand months of practice (from most students, at least), but too much tutoring is a certain recipe for burn-out.

Surprise! More Changes To The SHSAT...

This year, the DOE is making important changes to the SHSAT once again, and City Smarts will be ready. According to a letter from the DOE, the 2018 SHSAT will now include reading comprehension passages drawn from literary fiction and poetry. This means that in addition to answering questions about non-fiction passages, students will be asked to analyze short pieces from genres like myths, historical fiction, or satire, and will need to study the form and structure of poetry.

So how should your son or daughter prepare?