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to help females learn the mathematics—and "numbers-related" disciplines—they need to achieve their academic and career goals.

Specialized High Schools AdmissionsTest/Test for Admissions into Catholic High Schools Prep Course
for African-American and Latina Girls

The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is, according to the New York City Department of Education, “the competitive, objective, and scholastic achievement examination used as the sole factor to determine admissions to eight of New York City’s nine Specialized High Schools.”

The SHSAT is taken in the fall of 8th or 9th grade.

A revised version of the SHSAT was introduced in 2017; and that version has itself been updated for 2018.
•  The English Language Arts, ELA, section (formerly the Verbal section), continues to contain reading comprehension passages and questions but, instead of scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning questions, now include questions that address revising/editing skills.
• The Math section, while continuing to contain problems for which answers students may select from multiple choice options, now includes five problems that students must solve and provide the correct numerical answer.
• All multiple-choice questions (57 ELA and 52 Math) now have four answer choices instead of the previous five answer choices.
Testing time has increased from 150 minutes to 180 minutes.
Here's a copy of the 2018 – 2019 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook that the New York City Department of Education has made available.  Here's a link to the Workshops  that have been scheduled where parents and students can ask questions and speak to Specialized High Schools representatives.

Check out the videos below to see some of the work the girls did in last summer's Test Prep Course.

Test Prep Course for the 2019 SHSAT/TACHS
WHO: 50 rising 8th grade girls (ten each from the five boroughs of New York City)
WHAT: WHEN:  Spring/Summer/Autumn 2019 WHERE:


January - June  Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To be announced
July 8 - August 23 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

To be announced

September 7 - October 12 Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To be announced
*$350 fee for classroom supplies and copying
WHY: Because of the 15,620 students enrolled in eight Specialized High Schools, only 42% are Female; 6% are Hispanic; and 4% are Black!*
*Check out the registers of the Specialized High Schools.

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If you're a parent or guardian of a girl (who will be entering 8th grade in September 2019 and who's interested in the SHSAT Prep Course), please complete the form below.