The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is changing for fall 2017 and will affect students applying for fall 2018 high school admission. Learn about the 2017 SHSAT changes and how you can prepare. 

 Old SHSAT FormatNew SHSAT Format
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Math
Length 150 minutes (Students spend time between the two sections as they see fit) 180 minutes (Students spend time between the two sections as they see fit).
Reading & Writing

45 questions total

  • 5 scrambled paragraphs
  • 10 logical reasoning questions
  • 5 reading comprehension passages

57 questions total

  • 20 revising/editing questions
  • 6 reading comprehension passages with 5–7 questions each
  • 10 experimental questions

50 questions total

  • A mix of word and computational problems

57 questions total

  • 5 grid-in questions
  • 52 multiple-choice word problems and computational questions
  • 10 experimental questions
Number of Multiple Choice Options 5 answer choices per question 4 answer choices per question

1 raw point given per correct answer

1 raw point given per correct answer


What's on the 2017 SHSAT?

The new SHSAT has two sections: English Language Arts & Mathematics.

ELA Topics

English Language Arts has two parts: Revising/Editing and Reading Comprehension.

  • Revising/Editing tests your ability to recognize and correct language errors and to improve the overall quality of a piece of writing.  
  • Reading Comprehension has 5-6 reading passages and tests your ability to understand, analyze, and interpret what you have read.

SHSAT Math Topics

The SHSAT Math section features word and computational problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Some problems will involve working with fractions, decimals, and statistics.

How Can I Prepare?

The SHSAT is a timed, pencil-and-paper test. Practice makes perfect. Our Research and Development team are SHSAT experts. They have created comprehensive content for our SHSAT courses and online resources to help students navigate the 2017 changes and prepare for their SHSAT test date