Specialized High School Admissions Test

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.

How to Register for the SHSAT

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

Follow the steps to register for the SHSAT. 

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.