SHSAT Registration

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SHSAT Registration

SHSAT testing is open to public district and charter school students
SHSAT testing is open to public district and charter school students

All grade 8 and first-time grade 9 students who are New York City residents and who wish to attend a Specialized High Schools, with the exception of LaGuardia High School, must take the SHSAT. SHSAT testing is open to public district and charter school students, private and parochial school students, students with disabilities, students with limited mobility, and English Language Learners (ELLs). Approximately 29,000 students took the SHSAT for September 2019 admission and approximately 5,000 students received an offer. Students read the text and do some reading comprehension questions exercises: they do a True /False exercise and answer some questions.

How to Register for the SHSAT

Go to the Dashboard page and click on begin registration for the Specialized High Schools.

Get Your Test Ticket

Test tickets will be available approximately two weeks after the registration deadline. Test tickets indicate the testing date, time, location, and testing accommodations (if applicable).

Parents and guardians can print their test tickets from MySchools, or they can get the printed ticket from their school counselor. Students must test on the date and at the location on their ticket. Please report conflicts to your child’s school counselor as soon as possible. Students must bring their printed test ticket on the day of the test.

Indicate Your School Preferences

Before the day of the test, parents and guardians should sit with their child to talk about which Specialized High Schools they prefer. Parents and guardians must fill in their school preference order on the bottom of the test ticket. Choose the school you prefer the most as your first choice school. There is no downside to doing this. On this page you can find out detailed information about how the SHSAT testing is going on –

n order to attend a specialized high school in New York City, students must take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). The test is administered in the last weekend of October each year. To sign up, students should ask their guidance counselor for an admissions ticket. The week before students take the exam they will be given their ticket, an important step in applying to specialized high schools for a couple of reasons:

  • The ticket will include the date, time and location a student has been assigned to take the exam.
  • Student must have their tickets in order to enter the exam space.
  • The ticket has a place for students to rank specialized high schools in order of preference.

You can prepare for the SHSAT through the DREAM Specialized High School Institute, a 22-month extracurricular program that DOE offers to eligible NYC public school students