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SHSAT Preparation and Scoring

Friday, July 31st, 2015

SHSAT test
The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is the key component of the admissions process to eight of New York City’s specialized high schools.  With the exception of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, schools base acceptance on how 8th and first-time 9th grade students perform on the 95-question multiple choice test, which encompasses verbal and math sections designed to ascertain capacities such as logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and computational math. (more…)

The Importance of the SHSAT

Friday, July 24th, 2015

SHSAT examWith more than 400 high schools, New York City has an extensive public school system including nine specialized high schools geared specifically toward students who are considered academically and artistically gifted.  For 8th and first-time 9th grade students seeking to earn a merit-based placement, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a critical part of the application process.

In addition to being a requirement, the SHSAT is the sole criterion for admission to eight of the specialized high schools:

  • 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 the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School


How to Tutor Children

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Tutoring for CollegeMy time spent tutoring elementary school students created some of the most rewarding moments of my life. It was also occasionally very difficult and fraught with challenges: how do I convey this idea to a child? How can I appear approachable enough for the child to ask for help? Why hasn’t Jimmy stopped picking his nose for the last half hour? (more…)

A Lot to be Thankful For

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014




I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t get Thanksgiving. It’s a cultural tradition that I didn’t grow up with – which is fine – but it also means a lot of shocked expressions from my friends when I tell them I’m staying on campus over break. The campus is by no means deserted. There are plenty of equally indifferent international students and seniors who want to get further ahead on their projects. I’m sure I would have more fun with family at this time of year, eating too much and celebrating. Even so, there are still a lot of perks to doing Thanksgiving the wrong way. (more…)

Do I Need a Tutor?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Teenage boy using personal computerYes. Yes you do. At some point in your college career you will hit the academic wall, be it via essays, research papers or a problem set that’s giving you more problems than you need right now. The liberal arts education is supposed to push you into unchartered territory and force you out of your one or two subject comfort zones. Ultimately, there should be no sense of impending dignity loss in asking for help.

I took a science credit my first semester of freshman year, which actually turned out to be hardcore math. I had been hoping to prolong my math distributional requirement until they (“the man”) forced me to take it. But my Breakfast Club-esque attitude to calculus was broken by deceptive course content propaganda. Needless to say, I found myself in a bit of a pickle with all of these numbers strewn about the page. Bob, Sarah and Duncan were trying to navigate there way around town because Google Maps had conveniently stopped working. The question was slightly different to that, but you get the gist: math characters asking me to calculate something. (more…)