# Is the SHSAT hard?

**Asked by: Ms. Susanna Bernier**| Last update: June 29, 2022

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Although the new SHSAT exam has eliminated the infamous Scrambled Paragraphs, both the Mathematics and ELA sections are still quite challenging for grade-level students. In short, **the SHSAT is hard enough and important enough that preparation can't be left to chance.**

## Can you pass the SHSAT without studying?

Eighth-graders can apply for the SHSAT no matter what school they attend--public, private, parochial, or home-schooled--as long as they are a resident of New York City. Some 9th graders can also take the exam for admission to grades 10-12.

## How do I pass the SHSAT?

**5 Tips for Excelling on the SHSAT**

- Choose the Right Approach.
- Know How to Pace Yourself.
- Elevate Your Chances of Guessing Right.
- Work Backward on Math Problems.
- Support Your Answers in the ELA Section.

## How do I prepare for the SHSAT?

**Here's how you can start:**

- Research Specialized High Schools. ...
- Read, read, read. ...
- Take a practice or diagnostic test at home. ...
- Pick up an SHSAT workbook and start practicing. ...
- Brush up on math skills. ...
- Time your practices. ...
- Get help.

## Is a 500 on the SHSAT good?

To be on track for admission into all of the Specialized High Schools, students should have a 400 by the start of 7th grade, a **500 by the end of 7th grade** and a 600 by the start of 8th grade. ... Finally, we believe that ALL students should sit for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

## THE 3 HARDEST MATH SHSAT PROBLEMS

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### Is the SHSAT easy?

The new SHSAT is **only hard for students who aren't prepared**. For students who are prepared, the SHSAT will be challenging, just like beating a video game, learning how to dunk, landing first chair in violin, finishing the 30-hour drawing project for the art studio, or getting your soda can robot to move backwards.

### Is 600 a good SHSAT score?

Students with extremely high SHSAT scores (greater than 650) generally also had high grades when they reached a specialized school. However, **for the vast majority of students who were admitted with lower SHSAT scores, from 486 to 600, freshman grade point averages ranged widely — from around 50 to 100.**

### Can u use a calculator on the SHSAT?

The Specialized High School Admissions Test, commonly known as the SHSAT, is a standardized test that is administered by the New York City Department of Education. ... **The calculator is NOT allowed for the SHSAT test.**

### What topics are on the SHSAT?

**What is included in this SHSAT math course?**

- Proportions.
- Volume.
- Scale.
- Geometry (angles)
- Solve for variable.
- Logic.
- Consecutive integers.
- Unit conversion.

### What is the highest SHSAT score possible?

How is the SHSAT scored? Students earn a “raw score” based on the number of questions they get right. This raw score is converted into a “scaled score” for each section of the test and a “composite score” for the entire test. The highest possible composite score is **a 700**.

### Is it possible to get 800 on SHSAT?

Each section is worth up to 400 points and **the highest score you can get in SHSAT is 800, theoretically**. However, each year the highest score is in the low 700s. When each section is scored, each section is scored based on a normal curve.

### Can you skip questions on SHSAT?

You might be used to skipping questions that you feel you don't know the answer to, but for the SHSAT, **it makes *no* sense to skip questions**. (You only get points for the questions you answer correctly, so skipping a question you're not sure about doesn't give you an advantage.

### Is the SHSAT all multiple choice?

What does the actual SHSAT look like? **Both sections of the test are made up of 57 multiple choice questions**. There are two separate parts under the English Language Arts section. The first is a revising/editing section, where a student's ability to recognize and correct language errors is assessed.

### What happens if you fail the SHSAT?

Students can only take the SHSAT test a maxmimum of two times. **Students who take the test when they are in grade 8 can opt to take the test again when they are in grade 9 if they were unsuccessful the first time**. Those who take it in grade 9 will not have another opportunity.

### What does SHSAT stand for?

Students in grades eight or nine who want to enroll in one of New York City's specialized high schools must take the **Specialized High Schools Admissions Test** (SHSAT). All students in grades eight and nine who are current New York City residents are eligible.

### What should I do the day before the SHSAT?

**Relax the night before the** test. Read a good book, take a bubble bath, or watch TV. Get a good night's sleep. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and leave yourself extra time in the morning.

### What kind of Math is on SHSAT?

Various mathematical topics tested include: **Basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Factoring, Substitution, Geometry (9th grade), Basic Coordinate Graphing (8th grade),Logic, and Word Problems** (cover all topics).

### Can you bring a watch to the SHSAT?

Bring What You Need

You also need sharpened No. 2 pencils. **You are permitted to bring things like a highlighter or watch** as well, as long as it doesn't have a calculator function.

### Does the SHSAT have an essay?

The ELA revising/editing questions test your ability to recognize and correct language errors and to improve the overall quality of a piece of writing. The ELA reading/comprehension questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and interpret what you have read. **There is no essay on the SHSAT!**

### Are mechanical pencils allowed on the SHSAT?

Only #2 regular pencil for SAT, ACT, AP, and some other tests. Because PSAT is a practice test for SAT, and the College Board **doesn't allow mechanical pencils for SAT**. Only #2 regular pencil for SAT, ACT, AP, and some other tests.

### How do I change my SHSAT score?

**Third-Party Scaled Score Conversions**

- Convert the ELA score: a raw score of 30 gives a scaled score of 215.
- Convert the Math score: a raw score of 50 give a scaled score of 298.
- Add both scaled scores together: 215 + 298 = 513.

### How many people take the SHSAT per year?

On average, **30,000 students** take this exam annually. The test is given each year in October and November, and students are informed of their results the following March. Those who receive offers decide by the middle of March whether to attend the school the following September.

### Why is the SHSAT good?

Defenders of the SHSAT say it is **an objective way to determine merit**: If you do well enough on the test, you're in. The exam is particularly appealing to Asian parents, who have said they worry that more subjective measures, such as interviews, would be biased against their children.

### What are the chances of getting into Stuyvesant?

**Fewer than four percent** of the students who take the SHSAT qualify for admission to Stuyvesant.