NYC SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL Exam (Taken in Grade 8 or 9)

Two sections: ELA and Math

ELA topics covered: recognizing and correcting language errors in a general piece of literature; understanding, analyzing, and interpreting reading passages.

Math topics covered: mathematical concepts and principles, word problems and computation problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and statistics.

ELA section (57 items)

  • 20 revising/editing questions: 5-8 stand-alone questions and 2 passages with 6-8 questions each
  • 6 reading passages with 5-7 questions each
  • All questions are multiple choice questions

Math section (57 items)

  • 5 grid-in questions
  • 52 multiple choice word problems and computational questions

The Specialized High Schools that require the SHSAT are:

  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Latin School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • 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