Preparing for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) requires focused effort and a strategic approach. The SHSAT is a standardized test used for admissions to New York City’s specialized high schools.
Things to do before the SHSAT test:
- Review the SHSAT handbook: This will help you understand the format of the test, the types of questions that will be asked, and the scoring system.
- Practice answering questions under timed conditions: This will help you get used to the pace of the test and to manage your time effectively.
- Take a practice test: This will help you get a feel for the format of the test and the types of questions that will be asked. It will also help you identify any areas where you need more practice.
- Focus on your strengths: Don’t try to cram for everything you don’t know. Instead, focus on your strengths and review the material that you’re already familiar with.
- Get a good night’s sleep: This is probably the most important thing you can do to prepare for the test. Go to bed early and wake up early so that you’re well-rested and ready to focus on the test.
Things to do on SHSAT test day:
- Arrive early: This will give you time to relax and go over your notes before the test starts.
- Bring Necessary Items: Make sure you have your admission ticket, identification, pencils, erasers, and any other required materials. Check the test guidelines for a list of allowed items.
- Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing, considering the temperature in the test center. Dress in layers so you can adjust according to your comfort.
- Check in with the test administrator: They will give you instructions on where to sit and what to do.
- Go to the bathroom before the test starts: This will help you avoid distractions during the test.
- Listen carefully to the instructions: The test administrator will give you instructions on how to take the test.
- Start the test when you’re ready: There’s no need to rush.
- Read the instructions carefully: Make sure you understand what you’re supposed to do for each question.
- Answer the questions you know first: Then, come back to the ones you’re not sure about.
- Guess if you don’t know the answer: There is no penalty for guessing, so it’s always better to guess than to leave a question blank.
- Review your answers carefully before submitting your test: This is a good opportunity to make sure you’ve answered all of the questions and to double-check your work.
Exam day essentials:
- Admission Ticket: Make sure you have your admission ticket or any required documentation for entry.
- ID: Bring a valid photo ID, such as a school ID, passport, or state ID.
- Assistive Technology (if indicated on your IEP and test ticket): If you have a disability that requires assistive technology, such as a calculator or a screen reader, you will need to bring it with you to the test.
- Valid form of identification: This could be a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate.
- Sharpened Pencils: Bring a few sharpened pencils with good erasers. Mechanical pencils are generally not allowed, so use regular wooden pencils.
- Erasers: Have a few good quality erasers in case you need to make corrections.
- Watch: If you prefer to keep track of time on your own, bring a quiet, non-digital watch.
- Snacks and Water: Bring a small, non-messy snack like granola bars and a bottle of water to stay refreshed during breaks. Avoid bringing snacks with strong odors.
I hope these tips help you prepare for the SHSAT. Good luck!