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When is the SHSAT?

Based on previous dates, I'd assume this years test will be on October 19 and 20. Every year the exam is scheduled for mid-October on the weekend. The DOE will announce the exact...

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Opinion: Pros and Cons of Test Prep Centers
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Opinion: Pros and Cons of Test Prep Centers

Group courses are the bread and butter of test prep centers.Typically, they also have 1-on-1 tutors for students who need individual attention. This post is mostly about their group courses. As a...

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Do you offer group tutoring?

No, I generally do not. I only make an exception if everyone is at the same level and even then I limit it to 3 students at a time.As we get closer...

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How to Score SHSAT Practice Tests
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How to Score SHSAT Practice Tests

This post will explain how I score an SHSAT practice test, i.e. how to convert a raw score into a scaled score. The DOE doesn’t share how they convert the raw...

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Is online tutoring as effective as in-person tutoring?

The short answer is yes. Long answer: Ideally, I like the first few sessions to be in-person. It helps me build a better rapport, which I think is very important. After the intro...

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Successful​ ​SHSAT Prep is All About Consistency
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Successful​ ​SHSAT Prep is All About Consistency

Building consistency Some people take practice tests until they hit a certain score and then pause with the prepping. That is never the right call. You also have to build consistency. Having a...

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How does online tutoring work?

I use voice chat and a real-time virtual whiteboard app. Students can see what I’m writing and I can see what they are writing. No webcam required. We can take pictures of...

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Schoolwork Cannot Prep You for the SHSAT
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Schoolwork Cannot Prep You for the SHSAT

I wrote this post because the DOE makes a problematic claim in their handbook. I don’t think the following quote is accurate. The test measures knowledge and skills students have gained over...

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How do you take payments?

At this time everyone schedules online. After a client submits their payment information for the first time, I can charge them myself at the end of our sessions.Scheduling is processed through Acuity...

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SHSAT Info

What is on the SHSAT ELA Section?

Every snippet found on this post is from the SHSAT Handbook released by the DOE. The following link is a pdf of the relevant pages for the ELA Section. I find that the...

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When should my child begin studying for their exam?

Within 6 to 12 months before their test, but not earlier. One year of prep seems to be perfect for the SHSAT and other high school entrance exams. For the most part, the...

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What is on the SHSAT Math Section?

What the handbook says: The DOE handbook doesn’t offer any in-depth information on the math section. All they state is the following: The Mathematics section consists of word and computational questions in...

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General Format of the SHSAT

This post is an introduction to the general format of the exam. The DOE tries to be transparent about the test. Every year, they release a handbook that explains what is on the...

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How long have you been tutoring?

I’ve been tutoring for six years. I started in the fall of 2013 with a local 4th grader. From 2014 to mid-2016 I worked at various tutoring centers- most recently Math Matters....

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What is the SHSAT? Specialized High Schools?
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What is the SHSAT? Specialized High Schools?

SHSAT stands for Specialized High School Admissions Test. The SHSAT is an entrance exam for eight of NYC’s nine specialized high schools. They are all prestigious schools with free admission and free...