The DOE has released the 2019 / 2020 handbook for the SHSAT, featuring two brand new full-length tests. These exams are a terrific resource for students, but they should be used strategically.
For the 2018-2019 test year, we provided private SHSAT prep to thirty students. Now that the results are in, it’s time for us to reflect on our performance.
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 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.
12 full length SHSAT tests (and how to use them) –
While there is a ton of excellent free SHSAT study material out there (in the form of the official SHSAT handbooks), there has been a lack of guidance on how and when to utilize these resources. In this post, you will find links to every (unique) handbook as well as important information about each exam.
Every year, we host a special parents night event for parents of 6th, 7th, 10th, and 11th graders focused on arming them with clear, actionable information on high school and college admissions. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.
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?