Specialized High School Admissions Test Preparation

As you may know, the SHSAT has changed significantly over the last couple of years.  We are excited to be able to work with your kids during this transitional period as the city tries to make the test more equitable and fair for all. The test is still designed to be challenging and can be very intimidating to students. With a lot of practice, skill-building, and understanding strategies to find the simplicity hidden in the complicated way the questions are worded, we can help students master this test and maximize their scores.

Each student has different needs with regard to test prep. The most important aspect is getting an early start on preparation for this exam if you truly think that the specialized high schools are the best fit for your child.

At Smith Street Workshop, we offer:

(see below for registration)

Our courses run in the winter, spring, summer, and fall with a maximum of 15 students. They cover all aspects of the test in an intimate setting where students naturally challenge each other to take it to the next level. We look at every necessary skill set and strategy and then practice, practice, practice.

If the timing of the courses does not work for your child's schedule, contact us to create your own customized class with 5+ friends.

Group Sessions

2-4 students with similar needs come together for private sessions with a skilled instructor

Individual Sessions

One-on-one sessions to hone specific skills unique to the student

SHSAT Prep Course Curriculum

At Smith Street Workshop, our curriculum development team has a deep understanding of the SHSAT and its intricacies. They are constantly staying abreast of changes to the test design; modifying and adapting our course curriculum to reflect the most up-to-date revisions of the exam.

Our SHSAT test prep courses provide students with repeated opportunities to practice every question type on the test and learn strategies for breaking down the problems, identifying answer traps, and managing their time. Our instructors help students build confidence and find the simplicity hidden in the complicated way the questions are worded on the SHSAT. With a lot of practice and skill-building, we help students learn how to approach this complicated exam and maximize their scores

15 student maximum. Pricing includes textbook and access to online resources.

Because our practice classes fill up quickly, we have the following cancellation policies in place:

1) If you notify us a month before the class begins, you can apply for a 100% credit on your account for a future enrollment, or a 75% refund.

2) If you notify us up to two weeks before the class begins, you may receive a 100% credit on your account for a future registration, or 50% refund.

3) One week before the class begins, we cannot make adjustments or offer credits


SHSAT Prep Course
Winter Skill-Builder
Age: 7th graders
Dates: Week of January 27th 2020-week of March 15th 2020
Timing: 5:30PM-7:30PM
Pricing: $560+$40 Materials fee

Class offered on Monday OR Thursday

This SHSAT skill builder class is an introduction to the particularities of the Specialized High School entrance exam for 7th graders. We review both the Verbal and Math content while also looking at test-taking strategies that are specific to the format of this test. The course provides a great initiation into what has become a rite of passage for many NYC teenagers, and builds a skill set that is vital not only for this exam, but also for success in any of the city's top high schools.

Please note: The proctored practice SHSAT test for the Winter Skill-Builder students will be offered on March 22nd 2020 at 9AM. Your student will be automatically registered for this test when you sign up for the class. Our practice tests are an integral part of the process and provide you and your child with a sense of how much prep is needed and which schools would be the best fit.

We are offering a SHSAT prep course at MS51 for MS51 students exclusively. Please email [email protected] for price and registration information.

Would you like your school to host a Smith Street Workshop Test Prep Class? Email us at [email protected]