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SHSAT contains two sections, math and verbal and a total of 95 questions (50 math questions and 45 verbal) in multiple choice format. Tips for increasing your score on multiple choice tests.
No, calculators are not permitted.
The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is designed for eight and night graders in New York to determine if they meet the admission requirements of one of New York’s nine specialized schools. SHSAT is available to students in the eighth grade. Students in the ninth grade can take a ninth grade version of SHSAT to compete for limited admission seats that may become available in any of the specialized high schools.
A student can only take SHSAT twice. Once in the 8th grade and a repeat in the 9th grade if they were unsuccessful the first time.
Admission decisions are based on a candidate’s SHSAT composite score and the specialized high school applied for. The total possible SHSAT composite score is scored 800. There are no fixed cut off score for admissions as the specialized schools accept students who applied to their school starting from the highest score and coming lower till all available seats have been filled. Higher scores are better though.