even more about the shsat

Thanks all, for the SHSAT info you shared while I was off radar this afternoon.

To recap:

You sign up with your guidance counselor. If you don’t hear from them soon, reach out. If you’re in private school and your guidance counselor is not helping, you can contact a DOE family welcome center or call the high school helpline on the DOE website. 

You DON’T have a choice about when your child takes the exam, unless there are religious issues or testing time issues. It’s given at 8am and 12pm - or thereabouts. Kids ‘are assigned a time and generally it goes by middle school. Both my district 2 kids took the exam on a Saturday morning at 8am. 

Once the sign up deadline passes, you’re too late. There’s no downside to signing up and then changing your mind. Better to have the option if you’re even thinking about it.

Your child will generally take the SHSAT in the borough they go to school in.

Admission tickets (which are basically 8.5x11 printouts) are given out by guidance to your child the week of the test. 

You find out your child’s score on their offer letter, which they get at end of February, beginning of March, along with any specialized and main round offers they get. 

This is a great summary (thanks Diane!): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialized_High_Schools_Admissions_Test

I’ll write more about how to survive the actual day as it gets closer. 

Also, I’m trying something new and sending this to everyone via bcc. If you’ve got a question or comment, let me know and I’ll forward it to everyone. I’m seeing how best we can keep inboxes from getting too overwhelmed.