The New York City Department of Education (DOE) administers the NYC Gifted and Talented Test to children between the ages of four and seven, entering grades K-3, to determine eligibility for a coveted seat in an NYC gifted and talented school or program.

State Tests

Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction

Mark Twain

Mark Twain I.S. 239 is a gifted and talented school. They’ve developed their own admissions test to qualify children for enrollment. The exam also asks for an understanding of mathematics that goes beyond common core and mastery of composition writing and reading comprehension.

Hunter College HS

The HCHS Entrance Exam consists of two multiple-choice sections covering Reading Comprehension and Math as well as a writing assignment. Students have three hours to complete the Exam.  The exam is held every January with no make up dates.


The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is an exam 8th and 9th graders take for admission to Specialized High Schools in New York City. For eight out of nine of these schools, your performance on the SHSAT is the only admission factor.


The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) is required of all applicants to Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. Catholic schools in these jurisdictions use TACHS test results, along with student records, to determine an applicant's eligibility for admission.


Regents exams measure student achievement in high school-level courses. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass five Regents exams in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, a math, a science, social studies, and any additional Regents exam or another option approved by the State.


The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. Students have three hours to finish the math and critical reading sections and 50 minutes to finish the writing portion.


The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. Students have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the exam, with an additional 40 minutes if students opt to take the optional essay portion. The ACT is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.




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