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All About The Hunter High School Exam Test

Oct 23rd 2012 at 3:02 AM
This article addresses frequently asked questions regarding admissions to Hunter High School. Written by the Kweller Prep Tutoring Team: Helping the Good Become the Great!
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Locations in Queens & Manhattan Phone: 1 (800) 631-1757 What is the Hunter High School Admissions Test? The HCHS admissions test is an English& Math based examination given to students in the 6th grade to determine if they can get into Hunter High School. Where is Hunter High School Test Held? The exam takes place mainly at Hunter High School, on the upper east side of New York City. The school’s address is 71East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128. Three locations may open up as well. 1. HCHS at 94th St. between Park and Madison Avenues
2. Hunter College – West Building at 68th St.and Lexington Avenue
3. Hunter College – North Building at 69th St. between Park and Lexington Avenues How Many Times Can My Child Take the Hunter High School Exam? You have only ONE chance to be admitted into Hunter High School via an admissions exam. This is only once, and only admissions are granted to students in the 7th grade. As stated on their website, “It is given once per year, with no make-up dates or rescheduling.” I know this may not seem fair. I didn’t make up the rules. I’m merely breaking them down. Don’t be mad at the messenger! Can My Child Just Take the Test? No. You can take the test by invitation only. Students who achieve the highest scores on ELA & Math are “invited” to sit for the test. When Can My Child Get Into Hunter High School? The test is given in January of the sixth grade. Only students with stellar report card grades are even eligible to sit for the test. Hunter will look at the child’s fifth grade math and ELA scores to see if he or she is eligible to sit for the test. These scores must be in the 90th percentile for consideration. What are the cut-off scores for the ELA & Math? Exact scores vary from year to year. In 2011, sixth grade students who wished to enter Hunter during the 2011–2012 school year must have achieved scores of at least 690 out of 770 on the reading test and 733 out of 780 on the math test, that is, scores in the 90th-and-above percentile of all test takers (Source: HunterHS.Org). The cut off scores in 2012 were 689 ELA and 722 in Math. What if My Child Does Not Have 5th Grade Scores? Can He or She Still Sit for the Test? Yes. You can request that your child’s principal write a letter of recommendation to allow students who do not have any fifth grade scores to sit for a “Qualifying Exam.” This particular “Pre-test” will be held on December 1st, 2012. How Competitive isAdmission to Hunter High School? This school is absolutely excellent, on the glitzy Upper East Side, and completely free, so competition is high and fierce. Students from all 5 boroughs of New York City will be competing for just a few select spots. It is, by far, one of the most selective public high schools in the United States. Competition is fierce. Out of about 3,000 test-takers, about 175 are offered admission on the basis of the exam. Only about 6% of the students who take the Hunter High School exam get into the High School. This means that it is EASIER TO GET INTO HARVARD UNIVERSITY, a school with a 10% admissions rate, than it is to get into Hunter High School. US News and World report Magazine consistently ranks Hunter High School as the #1 Public High School in the nation. What Kinds of Colleges do HCHS students later attend? Each year, approximately 25% of HCHS students attend Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth. Several more attend Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Is Hunter High School a Specialized High School? No. Hunter is not a Specialized High School like tuyvesant, Bronx Science, or Brooklyn Technical. Specialized High Schools are separate schools that require an SHSAT test to get in. Please see Kweller Prep’s Article, “SHSAT: Frequently Asked Questions”to learn more about the SHSAT. The article can be found here: Who is In Charge of Hunter High School? Hunter High School is funded by the New York State Board of Higher Education and is run by Hunter College. The school is exempt from many stringent rules set forth by the Department of Education. Is the Hunter High School Test Free? Nope. Taking the Hunter test ($70) actually costs more than taking the SAT ($49). It costs more than many applications to colleges! Is it worth it? Definitely! If you get in and pass the test, you can get a full 5 years of outstanding education for free, at a breakdown of about $14 a year, it’s certainly a steal! How do I Pay for the Test? You can pay online with a credit card or a debit card. You can also pay by money order. No checks are accepted. The fee is not refundable, under any circumstances. Hunter does not mess around! What if I Can’t Afford to Pay for the Test? You still have to pay! But less.Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch may apply for a reduced administrative fee for the entrance exam. This doesn’t make the test free, but only cheaper. Applications must be accompanied by a money order for the reduced fee of $35, the completed Reduced Fee Application form and documentation for BOTH parents. There is no way to avoid the “both parents” part. How Do I Register for the Test? You can register online at and then click on the top menu bar that states “Admissions.” When is the Application Deadline? All applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 2nd, 2012. The online system will close at that time. There is no other way to receive an admission ticket for the test. What Day is the Hunter High School Test? January 11th, 2013. The test is held the second Friday morning of January every year. Be prepared for crazy snow storms, sub-zero temperatures, lots of traffic, and be sure to dress appropriately. How Long is The Test? The exam is 3 hours long. This includes the time to write the essay. What Time Does the Exam Start? The Hunter High School Admissions Test Begins at 9:00 AM, but most students and parents arrive by 8:00 AM, some as early as 7:30 AM To read more about the Hunter High School Exam and how to prep for the Hunter High School Exam, please visit our dedicated page focused on Hunter High School at:

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