SHSAT/Specialized High Schools

Get a leg up on the 30,000 SHSAT test takers every year with our guides to the test and NYC’s specialized high schools.

4 Tips to Ease Test Anxiety
08 September, 2020
Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety. It can affect us at any age, but children in elementary school are especially likely to be anxious about test-taking. Many students experience negative thoughts and fear of failure associated with test-taking. Here are 4 tips to help ease test anxiety.
Back to School Organization: Elementary School
23 August, 2019
It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced, so here’s how you can help: 1. One is
5 Things You Should be Doing the Week Before the Big Test
23 August, 2019
You spend months preparing for the SAT or ACT. You take endless practice tests, expand your vocabulary, brush up on your math, and generally pour countless hours (often in a class or with a tutor) into getting ready for the test. With all that time and energy spent, you want to do everything you can the week before the test to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders on the big day. So here’s a list of things you can do the week before the test to make sure you’re ready to go as test day approa
How To Tutor With Integrity When Not Everyone Does
14 March, 2019
Dear Friends of Noodle Pros, There are two truths about high-quality test prep that, when combined, add up to a very real economic advantage for those who can afford it: 1. It works. We are very good at what we do, quite possibly the best in the business. We raise scores, more than most and faster than any other outfit I have seen in the business. 2. It costs money. Our tutors are highly experienced professionals. Many are dedicated full-time to the profession of tutoring. Mo
Advocating for Your Gifted Child Within the Public School System
25 February, 2019
A parent is her child’s best advocate. Many times, as parents, we find ourselves in a situation where we need to speak up for our child, especially when she is too young to speak up for herself. Parents ofgifted children []are often in the uncomfortable position of advocating for their child when her unique learning needs are not being met at school. When we see that we have to address these educational concerns with our child’s teacher
A Strategy to Help Your Child Better Manage Her Time
19 February, 2019
As your child gets older, you probably notice that her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more homework than younger kids, and the number of practices for athletics, dance, music, hobbies and other activities increases as participants move to higher levels of achievement and skills. The Juggling Act of Taking on Too Much With so many competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of all of the commitmen
#AdmissionsPros: Joyce Szuflita On The Golden Age Of Urban Parenting
02 July, 2018
Welcome to#AdmissionsPros []! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. As the founder of NYC School Help [], Joyce Szuflita helps Brooklyn-based parents of preschool through middle school-aged children, and paren
Your Life In Tests
08 March, 2018
If you’re currently in school (or the parent of someone who is), you know that standardized tests are a fact of life for academics of all ages. Many students will have taken half-a-dozen or more admissions exams by the time they reach their high school commencements — and that’s not counting Regents Exams, AP’s, and other school, district, or state-wide assessment tests. Here at Noodle Pros [], we pride ourselves on having helped students and families through just ab
"They Have A Better Understanding Of The Tests."
28 December, 2017
Noodle ProMarguerita Merrick []has been tutoring for 12 years. She helped siblings prep for the SHSAT, SAT, and ACT. “Marguerita worked with all my children over 3-4 years. She had a wonderful way working with teenagers and presented a calm and thoughtful demeanor. Each session was constructive, teaching test strategies and study tools. Since all three were away at boarding school they would communicate through Skype. She was reliable
10 Tips To Improve Your SHSAT Score
15 June, 2017
Approximately 30,000 students take the SHSAT each year, hoping to gain admission to New York City’s specialized high schools. While you  prepare for the SHSAT, refer to these 10 tips to ensure you do your best come test day. 1. 1. 1. Wear a watch. 2. Don’t leave any questions blank — there’s no guessing penalty. 3. Don’t get stuck on one question. Move on and come back later. 4. Read math questions carefully. 5. Write out your math clearly.
How To Get Into Hunter College Elementary And High School
26 April, 2017
Recognized as two of the top schools in New York, Hunter College Elementary and High School are highly competitive and selective. Each school has one entry point, kindergarten or 7th grade. Noodle Pros Director of Outreach and Founding Tutor, Brendan Mernin, talked to Alina Adams from NYC School Secrets [] about the secrets behind getting into Hunter College Elementary and High School. Here are some highlights from the podcast: 1. You can prep for the H
"They Have Learned More From Kate Than They Did In All Their Years Of Schooling."
18 March, 2017
I can honestly say that both of my children have learned more from Kate than they did in all their years of schooling. *** Noodle Pro Kate Fisher [] worked with two siblings on the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Here is what the family had to say: “Last spring, Kate Fisher was recommended to us after I mentioned to a friend that we were not making much progress with our current tutor, who was working with my 13-year-old daughter to prepare for the ISEE exam in the fall. My daught