Sign up for the 2018 SHSAT by October 11th

I know by now you are working very hard to get ready for the SHSAT coming up in a few weeks. The one thing you don’t want to forget is to REGISTER FOR THE TEST! This year, for the first time, parents are solely responsible for registering their child for the 2018 exam. The link above gives you all the details.

In this post, I wanted to share some commonly asked questions so everyone is clear:

Who is eligible to take the SHSAT?

All current 8th graders, and first-time 9th graders (regardless of whether you go to a public, private, or parochial school in one of the five Boroughs) can sign up to take the SHSAT. Long Island residents are not allowed to sign up to take the exam.

How do homeschooled students sign up?

Visit your family welcome center for the account creation code so you can sign up.

What about Students with IEP’s, 504 plans or English Language Learners?

Make sure you will apply. You will take the exam on a different day on November 3rd or November 18th.

What if you moved to NYC after November 1st?

You will take the SHSAT in August right before 9th grade. You can register at your local Family Welcome Center.

2018 Common Core State Test Results are Out

The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived. Common Core state exams have been released for 3rd through 8th graders across NYC. It’s time to see how your children performed on their most recent state exam. This is a big deal because it is important that you and your child stay focused on getting 4’s on both the ELA and Math state exams. Even if this is not the case, you can set some tangible goals with your child to get them on track to increase their score for the upcoming year.

As you know, 4th and 7th grade are the most critical years because these state exam scores determine middle school and high school admissions respectively. 5th grade scores are also important if you want your child to have the opportunity to take the admissions test for Hunter College High School. Note: They will need 4’s in 5th grade! Regardless of how you slice the pie, if you want your child to have the best school options, it is very important that they score a 4 on these exam and that they maintain it from 3rd through 8th grade.

Our academic enrichment programs help to strengthen their foundation so they are in a better position to improve their scores year over year. It is unrealistic to expect a child to go from a 1 to a 4. It is much more realistic to see a child move from a 1 in 3rd grade to a 2 in 4th grade. Perhaps they may move up to a low 3 in 5th grade. Then they can aim for a high 3 in 6th grade. By 7th grade, the goal should be to get a 4 and maintain a 4 for 8th grade as well. The best way to accomplish this is to address foundational gaps in learning and once the child is caught up, which does not take an entire year, give them access to accelerated content. This is what AdmissionSquad provides and more. Check out the Early Start Program to learn more!

Visit the link below to get your child’s common core scores. We are in your corner!

My Experiences At Brooklyn Technical High School - Gabby Pile

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AdmissionSquad Intern and Student Leader

Current Junior at Brooklyn Tech shares her HS experience and what it really took to gain admission into one of NYC’s Specialized High Schools.

Photography by Nancy Maria Photography

My name is Gabrielle Pile. I am 16 years old and I attend Brooklyn Technical High School. Brooklyn Tech is one of the the nine Specialized High Schools in New York City. Because this school is ranked as one of the best schools in New York City, I had to work really hard to gain acceptance into the school. In order to get into Tech, I had to take the SHSAT, the entrance exam for eight of the Specialized High Schools. I studied about 8 months in advance for this test. I took a prep class 4 days a week; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Wednesday and Thursday classes both ended at 9:00pm. For 14 year old me, this kind of rigor was hard to adjust to. There were many times along my journey of studying for the SHSAT that I wanted to give up. I can’t say that every moment during that 8 month period, I was chanting the name “Brooklyn Tech.” However, I pushed myself because of the opportunities that a school like Brooklyn Tech could afford to me. With over 10 AP (Advanced Placement) classes and almost 100 clubs, this school could lead me toward a future that my zoned high school couldn’t. My late-night Netflix binge watching turned into scrambled paragraphs reading sessions. And, my Saturdays and Sundays were spent correcting old practice tests I had taken. I worked really hard to be able to attend this school. On March 8th, 2016 when I received my acceptance letter, I knew my hard work paid off.

As an upcoming Junior at Brooklyn Tech, I have really taken advantage of the clubs and activities that my school provides. During my freshman year, I joined the Girl’s Who Code Club, whose mission is to encourage girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields. I am still a member of this club to this day. During my Sophomore year, I joined the Black Student Union (BSU) at Tech. This club provides me with a space to talk about my experiences as a black student at Tech. I am happy to report that next year, I am going to serve as the leader of the outreach committee on the BSU board. During my Sophomore year, I also became the captain of the Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Team. With this team, we were able to compete in the final match of the PSAL championships. This is the furthest a Brooklyn Tech soccer team has ever gone. And next year, I hope to join the Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team. I was involved in the Beta Club, a service which aimed at improving the lives of people in New York City. I have been able to participate in these clubs and activities while maintaining an above 90 total average.

With the extra-curricular activities and challenging academic classes, I have been able to take at Brooklyn Tech, I know I will be able to pursue my dream of getting a degree in software engineering at the University of Georgia Tech.

To conclude, I believe that Brooklyn Tech is a great school for those who want an academically challenging school that has tons of clubs and extracurricular opportunities. Although the school is challenging, the benefits that I will reap from being in such an environment will last a lifetime.

Gabrielle Pile, Brooklyn Tech - Class of 2020


Register Online for the 2018 SHSAT

Breaking news parents! As of 2018, the DOE is changing the SHSAT registration process to an online process at a website called MySchools.nyc where parents can register their children to sit for the exam. No longer will parents have to go to their child’s middle school guidance counselor or to a family welcome center to sign their child up for the SHSAT and receive an exam ticket and test date. Online registration at MySchools.nyc will provide increased transparency regarding which students are signed up for the exam and will allow parents to fully own the process.

Guidance counselors across the city were notified of this change on September 12th and details will be sent out to parents during the week of September 17th - September 21st. The opportunity to register your child online for the SHSAT opened on September 6th and will close on October 11th. Parents will receive a MySchools account creation code and will also need the child’s student ID number in order to sign onto the system.

This is a new system so everyone is learning how to work with it. Please be patient and be on the lookout for the details from your school. If you do not receive it from your school, contact your family welcome center right away. AdmissionSquad offers parent consultations and workshops to help you navigate the admissions process. If you need support signing up, you may email info@admissionsquad.org to sign up for a consultation.

Important Information

how do i register my child for the shsat?

Step 1: Visit MySchools.nyc

Step 2: Click Get Started and then the parent should enter their first and last name, their email address and establish a password

Step 3: Once you log in, add all of your children to the system. This website will be used for elementary, middle AND high school admissions so you might as well get ahead of the game. You will need each child’s Student ID number (can be found on the child’s report card) and an account creation code (provided by the child’s guidance counselor or at a family welcome center. Visit the link above to find your center)

Step 4: Sign your child up for the 2018 Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). If your child has a 504 or IEP, make sure you select this option to ensure they get the additional accommodations they need. Students with IEP’s or 504’s will take the exam in November.

What is the SHSAT?

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a free exam for New York City students in grade eight and nine that determines admission into one of New York City’s eight specialized high schools that require the exam. The only criteria that these schools consider is the SHSAT. They do not consider a child’s grades, state exam scores, attendance or punctuality.  Taking the SHSAT is the ONLY way for students to gain admission into New York City’s specialized high schools, which are some of the best schools in the country. Taking the exam is also excellent practice for the PSATs, SATs, and other standardized tests! 

Who are the Specialized High Schools Requiring the SHSAT?

  1. Stuyvesant High School

  2. The Bronx High School of Science

  3. The High School for Math Science and Engineering at City College

  4. American Studies at Lehman College

  5. Staten Island Technical High School

  6. Brooklyn Technical High School

  7. The Brooklyn Latin School

  8. Queens Science at York College

When is the 2018 SHSAT?

The 2018 SHSAT will be administered on October 20nd and 21st. More details, including test locations, are available in the SHSAT handbook. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan or is an english language learner, they will take the exam on November 3rd or November 18th. Go to page 11 for test dates, and page 12 for test locations. 

how do i prepare my child for the shsat?

Step 1: Download the SHSAT Student handbook to have your child start practicing the free exams available that include examples of what will be on the real SHSAT. There are also test-taking tips that your child can start to master

Step 2: Sign up for an AdmissionSquad preparation program

Step 3: Keep motivating and inspiring your child to be disciplined and focused about the preparation process which is a separate commitment outside of school. The 7th grade school curriculum, exclusively, WILL NOT prepare your child to be successful on the SHSAT. The more you are informed as a parent, the better you can advocate for your child. We believe that children should have as many high school options as possible. The only way to ensure this is the case is for parents to get clear on what it takes to get into these schools and to get their children the resources needed to qualify