SHSAT - Format

The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) tests students skills specifically in verbal and math.  The two sections covers:

Verbal and Math

  • Both sections consist of multiple-choice questions.
  • There is a time limit of 75 minutes each for both sections, with no break in between.
  • The exam is only offered once a year, and can be taken in both the eighth and ninth grades if the student wishes.
  • Electronic calculators and other calculation aids may not be used during the test.
Verbal
  • 45 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 30 Reading Comprehension (5 Reading passages with 6 questions each)
  • 10 Logical Reasoning questions
  • 5 Scrambled Paragraph (worth 2 points each)
Maths
  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Factoring
  • Substitution
  • Geometry (9th grade)
  • Various mathematical topics tested
  • Basic math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Basic Coordinate Graphing (8th grade)
  • Basic Trigonometry  (9th grade)
  • Logic
  • Word Problems (All topics covered)
Grading
  • No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.
  • The total number of correct answers (the raw score) is converted into a scaled score.
  • The scaled score, an integer between 200 and 800, is used to determine a student's standing.
  • The scaled score is not proportional to the raw scores.
The cut-off scores for each school vary every year, determined simply by the number of available seats in each school and the score obtained by the candidates. Students are notified of their scores in February.

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