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 tuition. Their curriculums are more rigorous than most public and private high schools in New York.

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts
  • High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
  • High School for American Studies at Lehman College
  • Queens High School for Sciences at York College
  • Staten Island Technical High School
  • Stuyvesant High School

A bit of background

There used to be only three specialized high schools- Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, and Brooklyn Tech. Mayor Bloomberg’s administration added five more schools. Eight of the nine schools admit students based on their SHSAT scores. LaGuardia High School is the only specialized school that doesn’t. They admit students based on an audition or portfolio, and middle school performance.

Available seats

The SHSAT is available to all NYC 8th and 9th graders. 9th graders take a harder test and have fewer seats available to them. There are approximately 5000 seats available each year. In 2017 28,000 students took the SHSAT. Less than 20% of those applicants passed the exam.

When is the test?

The dates for the 2019 exam haven’t been announced yet, but every year it’s been held around mid-October. The following was announced for last years exam, so you can expect something similar for this year.

Registration is September 12–October 11, 2018. Students should contact their school counselors to register.
The SHSAT will be given on October 20 and October 21, with dates for English Language Learners, students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs or approved 504 plans, and make-up test requests on November 3 and November 18.
For testing locations, see the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook: