To apply to a specialized high school other than LaGuardia High School, you must take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).
Students currently in the 8th grade and first time 9th grade students are eligible to register. Students who are in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are not eligible to take the exam.
NYC public school students who want to take the fall exam must register with their guidance counselor. After registering, your school counselor will give you an SHSAT Test Ticket with the specific date, time, and location for your test.
Students attending non-public schools should speak to their schools directly about registering for the SHSAT.
You can sign up to receive emails with the latest updates on specialized high school admissions, including deadlines and events.
For eligible students who did not participate in the Fall Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), a summer SHSAT is offered in August. You can register for the summer SHSAT in July and August at a Family Welcome Center.
You can get more information and assistance online and by phone. Information about testing locations is also available.
Learn more about the specialized high school admissions test (SHSAT).