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High School Admissions Tests


The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is taken by 8th & 9th graders for admission into specialized high schools in NYC & is the only acceptance factor for eight of the nine specialized schools. All students in the 8th & 9th grades who are current NYC residents are eligible.

CogAT (Nationwide)

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is designed to evaluate the level and pattern of cognitive development of students in grades K through 12. The assessment measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions.

ISEE (Nationwide)

The ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is used in the admissions process for private schools nationwide. The Middle Level is for students in grades 6 and 7 who are candidates for admission to grades 7 and 8. 

NNAT 2/3

(NYC/ Nationwide)

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test is a standardized nonverbal test designed to assess the reasoning ability of students ages 5 - 17. The NNAT is utilized as part of the admission process for G&T programs nationwide and is one of two tests administered for the NYC G&T testt in NYC.



The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is a multiple-choice K-12 assessment that measures reasoning skills with types of verbal, non-verbal, figural and quantitative reasoning questions. The OLSAT is a test of abstract thinking and reasoning ability of children aged pre-K to 18.

SSAT (Nationwide)

The SSAT is the required admission test at many of the best independent schools in the world. It's designed for students in grades 3 through PG and is administered on three different levels (Elementary, Middle, and Upper​​).

High School Academic Tests

NY Regents (NYC)

The New York State (NYS) Regents Exams are a set of required tests administered to students in the state of New York, which allow them to receive a high school diploma after passing. 

Subject Tutoring (NYC) 

It’s important for high schoolers to maintain their best possible GPA through the 1st semester of their senior year. For subjects like math where the skills build off of each other year to year, start tutoring as early as possible.

AP Exams (Nationwide)

All high school level students are eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities, home-schooled students, and students whose schools do not offer AP courses. 

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