NYC SHSAT (8th Grade)

The change affects a logic portion of the test known as “scrambled paragraphs,” where students have to reassemble sentences that are out of order. It’s a portion that’s considered especially tricky because it’s not normally taught in the public schools. They will be replaced with multiple-choice reading comprehension questions drawn from different types of literature, which are aligned with state standards and will be more similar to what students encounter in school. The math questions will not change.
The test will provide admission to all but one of the 9 specialized high schools.

  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College
  • High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia Hs of Music & Art (is determined by audition, rather than by taking an examination.)
Each school has its own cut off score. The results are ordered from the highest to the lowest score. The list is processed in order by score, with each student being placed in their most-preferred school that still has open seats, and continuing until there are no remaining open seats at any school.
Every one of the specialized high schools has its own unique advantages and impression, but most primarily concentrates on mathematics and science, the fundamental academic subjects for higher education. They each have their own array of advanced placement courses and electives.
NameAcceptanceCurrent School
Christopher ChoStuyvesantUNIS
Kyle JungBrooklyn Tech
Chloe PanStuyvesant, Townsend, LaguardiaMS 216
Jasmine ShumStuyvesant, Townsend, LaguardiaMS 216
Juan AcunaBronx Sci
Kelly ChanBronx Sci, TownsendMS 216
Amanda LouieBrooklyn TechMS 216
Maryam RahmanBronx Sci, Townsend
Bronx Sci, TownsendBronx SciAnderson
Chelsea GoberdhanYorkGeorge Ryan
Franklin WongBronx SciPS 79
Maisha MiahStuyvesant
Kelsey ZhenTownsend HarrisMS 158
Vishnu KumarTownsend Harris, Brooklyn TechMS 74
Kelsey ZhenStuyvesantPS 178
Chan LeeRegis, Stuyvesantde la Salle
Henry LeeRegisde la Salle
Pratham RawatStuyvesantPS334

Classes Available

2017 Fall: 9/9/2017 – 1/6/2018 (16 weeks)

  • Saturdays: 9:00AM – 2:45 PM (30 minute lunch period)
  • Students take four 80-minute classes that reinforce test material and techniques

8th G

  • Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar/Vocab
  • Logic

2018 summer: 7/9 – 8/23 (7 weeks)

  • Mon.– Thurs., 9:00AM – 1:45 PM (20 minute lunch period)
  • Students take two classes a day and 4 subjects in total
  • Pre-tests and homework assignments reinforce material taught in class
  • Small groups are led by test specialists and subject specific teachers to improve score potential and GPAs
  • 4 complimentary mock exams to help benchmark scores
  1. Analytical Math
  2. Writing and Grammar
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Reading Comprehension and Scrambled Paragraphs


  • 7-wk Saturday Course: Dates TBD, 9:00am – 2:45pm
  • Weekday Mock Exam Course: Dates TBD, Wed. & Fri., 3:50–5:50pm
  • Intensive 12-day Crash Course: Dates TBD, Mon. – Thurs., 3:50–5:50pm