Baccalaureate Exam Prep
Kweller’s Baccalaureate 1-Day Crash Course:
Sunday, December 16, 2018
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Queens Location Signup
104-40 Queens Blvd Suite 1C
Forest Hills, NY 11375 (QB & 69 Ave)
Tuition (Queens): $200
Manhattan Location Signup
370 Lexington Avenue Suite 800
New York, NY 10017 (41 & Lex)
Tuition (Manhattan): $250
For the 2019 application to Baccalaureate, students will have to apply through several steps, or phases.
In prior years, anyone in the 6th grade could apply to take the Baccalaureate Entrance Exam.
However, for 2018-2919 applicants, the school will now screen students who want to join the 7th grade student body. From those who are selected, BSGE will administer a test (written response/essay & advanced math) and conduct a group interview.
Here are the steps:
6th grade students will be grouped based on their 6th grade NYS ELA and Math combined state exam scores.
Group 1: These students have a minimum combined score of 8
Group 2: These students have a minimum combined score of 7
Group 3: These students have a minimum combined score of 5.5
6th grade students will be selected
based on their 5th grade report cards, attendance, and state scores to participate in an interview and timed exam.
Note: There is no longer an option for anyone to sign up online and take the BSGE exam like it was in years prior; now students have to be selected to take their interview and written essay assessment and math test.
Report Card Grade of:
90-100 or 4/4 = 30 points
80-89 or 3/4 = 20 points
70-79 or 2/4 = 10 points
Attendance (Days Absent + Days Late)
0-5 = 10 points
6-10 = 8 points
11-15= 4 points
16-20 = 2 points
20+ = 0 points
Now, students will be invited to participate in the interview and take the entrance test based on the total points.
BSGE will interview the top 25% of students from Group 1
BSGE will interview the top 50% from Group 2
BSGE will interview the top 25% from Group 3
Top students from these groups will be selected to take a timed-test (written essay and math) and participate in a group interview.
The invitation to take the test and interview at BSGE will take place in late January 2019 or early February 2019.
We are not done…
For 2018-2019 applicants, BSGE is also requesting the following new items:
1 in-class science test
1 in-class math test
1 in-class English test
Students who are selected to join BSGE will receive the acceptance letter by April 2019.
Please remember that the deadline to complete the middle school application is December 3, 2018. Apply online at MySchools.NYC
Kweller Prep will update you as we hear more about the application process to BSGE.
Disclaimer: This information was gathered from BSGE’s open house and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, Kweller Prep is a private tutoring company offering small group instruction for competitive exams. We are in no way affiliated with BSGE.
NEHA is a rising star, a current 1L at NYU Law School (ranked #5 in the nation). She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, double majoring in Biology and Political Science, on a full academic scholarship. Neha graduated from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in 2012, and received an International IB Diploma She aspires to become a patent lawyer within the bio-tech and life sciences industry. While at Macaulay Baruch, Neha maintained 3.87/4.0 GPA, as a double major, earning herself a consistent place on the Dean’s List. Over the past four summers, Neha earned competitive legal internships at prestigious law firms and organizations, including: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, Duane Morris LLP, and the Office of the NYS Attorney General. She also has volunteered at NYU Langone- Brooklyn as a Patient Services Volunteer for over three years. Neha graduated from the Baccalaureate High School for Global Education (BSGE), and scored a 2200/2400 on her SAT’s, with a 760/800 in Math and a 720/800 in Critical Reading and a 720/800 in Writing. Neha graduated with an IB diploma, the highest recognized international diploma in the world, with a 6 in English HL, Biology SL, Math SL, and even Mandarin SL. Neha maintains her fluency in Mandarin and went on two language intensive study abroad trips in the summers before her sophomore and junior year of high school.
We are proud to add the Neha was a longtime Kweller Prep SAT student six years ago, spending two summers and a fall semester at Kweller;s rigorous SAT prep. After he was accepted to Macaualy honors, Neha returned to Kweller Prep (again!) but this time, to work as a tutor and student mentor. Never ceasing to impress, Neha soon become one of the most beloved SAT tutors at Kweller Prep, a position she held for the next five years. This past summer, Neha worked at Kweller Manhattan as our only LSAT instructor, once again beloved, teaching a group of aspiring law students the ins and outs of this rigorous test 4-evenings a week over 7-weeks.
Neha possesses a bubbly personality, pleasant demeanor, positive attitude and outstanding, tireless, fierce work ethic. It’s no surprise she gained a seat at Baccalaureate HS, Macaulay Honors, and now NYU Law School. She is a perfect role-model for the students she teaches here. When she’s not at Kweller Prep, Neha enjoys playing tennis, running, travelling, cooking, and visiting her parents at the Parker Towers, located in the same building as her beloved first job, Kweller Prep Queens.
Mo is a Master’s student at New York University (NYU), studying Computer Science with a focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He graduated from NYU with 2 Bachelor’s degrees in 4 years; one as a double major in Math and Electrical Engineering, the other as a double major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate career, and currently holds a 4.0/4.0 as a graduate student. Mo started his career at NYU at an early age; he took Calculus in 7th grade. All throughout high school, he took undergraduate and graduate level Math and Computer Science courses at NYU. Entering his Freshman year of undergrad, he had already completed over half the coursework. Mo graduated from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, receiving the IB diploma. On the IB Math exam, he was ranked 11th out of 34,000 students internationally. He scored a 2200/2400 on the SAT (breakdown of 800/800 Math, 700/800 Reading, 700/800 Writing), and a 800/800 on SAT 2 Math 2, and 800/800 on SAT 2 Physics. He has 11 years of tutoring experience; in high school, he had already been a part of NYU Courant’s tutoring program in Math and Computer Science. Aside from being a student at NYU, he is also a Machine Intelligence Engineer at Google.
CAMILLA is a freshman at Columbia University. She plans to major in Economics and Political Science. She attended the Baccalaureate School for Global Education where she participated in the rigorous IB diploma program and graduated as the Valedictorian of her BSGE senior class. In addition to this, Camilla was awarded as a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and recently obtained a National Piano Guild High School Diploma in Music. Outside of school, Camilla has attended law classes for high school students at Columbia University, taken business and computer science classes at NYU, and participated in the Harvard Debate summer program. Additionally, she volunteered at a middle school where she taught students about the basics of entrepreneurship. At her high school, she participated in the school’s varsity soccer team, managed the school basketball team, wrote in the school newspaper, and actively participated in student government.
We are so happy to share that like Neha, Camilla was also an SAT students at Kweller Prep. She spent two summers at Kweller Prep while a high school student, preparing rigorously for her SAT exam, Her hard work paid off and she scored a 1530/1600 on the exam, achieving the second highest score at her high school. Camila also scored 780/800 on the SAT Math II Subject test, for which she prepared for at Kweller Prep as well.
Prior to starting Columbia, Camila was back at Kweller Prep (again!) but this time as an SAT teacher and student mentor. At Kweller Queens, she taught two classes, 4-days a week, for 7-weeks, following up with each of her student’s parent’s on a weekly basis. Camila was one of the most complimented summer camp tutors at Kweller prep, and her average student increased over 300 points from the start of our camp. Camila also tutored students privately for the Algebra 1 Common Core Regents and the SHSAT. Diligent and dedicated, we are honored to have Camila serve as a BSGE tutor this fall at Kweller Prep.
PAULINA is a senior at Baruch College’s Scholars Program. She is an Actuarial Science major with a minor in Spanish, and is on a full academic scholarship, which includes a free Macbook Air, $2,500 for study abroad and internship opportunities, and placement in honors classes. At Baruch, Paulina is Director of Marketing for the Actuarial Science Society and an Honors Ambassador for the Honors Program. As an ambassador, she conducts tours for prospective students and parents, and helps students decide whether Baruch is the right school for them. Furthermore, she interned at Prudential Financial last summer in the actuarial department working on the Variable Annuity Modeling team.
Paulina graduated from The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) and received the International Baccalaureate Diploma. At her high school, Paulina took many IB classes such as: IB History of the Americas, IB Spanish, IB Chemistry, IB Art, and IB Math. At BSGE, she was a part of the Helping Hands community service group, which focused on helping both local and international communities. With the school, she volunteered at Socrates Sculpture Park for Earth Day and the Sunnyside Community Services Center for Thanksgiving. In addition to BSGE, Paulina attended Polish School nearly every Saturday since 7th grade where she learned about Polish language, grammar, history and culture. She is fluent in Polish and has received the Polish Language Certification. Furthermore, she has contributed greatly to the Polish community and has been rewarded for her contribution and studies by the Polish Ambassador. She performed in various Polish institutions such as the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manhattan and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Paulina has experience in teaching English; she did so in Spain at a language immersion camp.
We are so happy to share that Paulina worked Kweller Prep in Queens and Manhattan, as both a tutor and an essay grader, since her senior year of high school. She’s loyal, dedicated, kind, graceful, and attentive. Paulina has experience tutoring students from grades 5-12. We have no doubt that Paulina will serve as a perfect tutor, role model, and mentor while she teaches Kweller’s BSGE course in Manhattan. When not at Kweller Prep, Paulina can be found on a tennis court, on stage singing, or traveling the world.
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On the day of the test, students should bring with them the following items:
- Print out of test registration confirmation (received by email after online test registration is completed)
- Number 2 pencils
All families of students who take the admissions test will receive a letter by the beginning of March notifying them if their child will have an interview.
Please note that an invitation to an interview is not an offer of admission.
Notification of the interview will include the time and date the interview will occur (after school in the month of March).
Applicants will be interviewed by BSGE faculty and students in small groups.
If students are granted an interview, on the day of the interview,
students should bring the following items:
- ’15-’16 RECOMMENDATION FORM (School official may also choose to mail or fax to BSGE directly)
- A copy of the first marking period 6th grade report card (PLEASE do not bring originals)
- A copy of the final 5th grade report card (PLEASE do not bring originals)
- Please direct admissions questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Ranking: According to U. S. News and World Report’s esteemed annual report, The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) ranked as the #35 high school program in the United States and the school in Queens as the #2 International Baccalaureate Program in the United States (December 3, 2009). In 2010, Newsweek magazine ranked BSGE as the #40 public high school in the United States.
Baccalaureate Entrance Exam Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE)?
A. The Baccalaureate High School of Queens (“BSGE”) is one of the top schools in New York City, State, and the United States. Founded in 2002, BSGE was awarded the IB certificate in 2005, allowing its students to receive the highest recognized diploma in the world. Applicants to top universities are accepted at a higher rate with an IB Diploma, many on merit-based college scholarships. Many universities also offer academic credit for successful examination results and after receiving an IB Diploma. In fact, many IB Students enter college with college credits.
Q: What kind of school is it?
A: The Baccalaureate School offers a Global Education where almost all students receive an IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma. The Baccalaureate High School is the only public IB school in New York State, providing the prestigious IB diploma, which is accepted anywhere in the world. Please note that another school, called the Brooklyn Latin School, is a Specialized High School, which also offers an IB diploma. However, almost all other IB schools in New York City are highly expensive private schools. The IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) provides a certificate to schools that qualify to provide courses that are rigorous enough to meet their expectations.
Q: Does everyone get the IB?
A: No, it is a highly prestigious diploma that is only awarded to the most diligent and studious IB candidates who take and pass all the required courses to obtain this special diploma. This means that not every student who graduates from the Baccalaureate High School is awarded an IB diploma.
Q: What is so special about the IB diploma?
A: It is the most prestigious diploma in the world, and it is accepted at any accredited college and/or university in the world. The IB exams offer internationally standardized courses and assessments for students ages 16 to 19. All Students must produce a carefully researched 4,000 word essay and take a Theory of Knowledge College Level course while in high school.
Q: How much does the Baccalaureate High School of Queens Cost?
A: The Baccalaureate High School of Queens is a completely free public school. The only entrance point is via testing followed by a group interview. Entrance points are in the 6th grade and in the 8th grade for 7th and 9th grade admission to the school. Tuition at private International Baccalaureate schools is as much as $40,000 each year, but this particular school is completely free.
Q: How many other International Baccalaureate (IB) public schools are there in New York City?
A: There are 6 other IB schools in New York City alone. However, all of these schools are very expensive private schools. Please also note that the Brooklyn Latin School is the only specialized high school in New York City that offers an IB diploma as well. For the BLS, you must take the SHSAT- the specialized high school entrance exam in either October of 8th grade or November of 9th grade.
Q: How many other public (free) IB schools are there?
A: None. BSGE is the only free, public IB school in NYC. The Brooklyn Latin School is also an IB school. But the BLS is a Specialized High School and admission to that school can only be attained by taking the Specialized High School Entrance Exam (“SHSAT”), and, obviously, doing well enough to get in.
Q: What is the tuition at BSGE?
A: Zero. It is a free public school.
Q: Is there an admissions test to enter BSGE?
A: Yes, there are two steps to be admitted to BSGE. The first requirement is to pass the Placement Exam, which consists of the following: reading comprehension (long reading passages and double passages), language arts (grammar and vocabulary in context), and mathematics (including 7 & 8th grade algebra!). This test is similar to the Hunter test. As of two years ago, there has not been an essay component to the Baccalaureate Entrance Exam during Test Day, but rather during the interview.
Q: When can I get into the school?
A: For the entry point at 7th grade, your child must take the test in January of 6th grade.
For the second entry point, in the 9th grade, your child must take the test in the 8th grade.
Please note that it is easier to get admitted starting 7th grade than starting 9th grade.
At Kweller Prep, we encourage students to apply for 7th grade entry.
This way, they are more familiar with the school and their classmates prior to starting high school in the 9th grade.
6th graders should start this school from Grade 7 because BSGE is one of the few schools in the United States that provides pre-IB prep.
This program comes directly from the IBO, and it is called the Middle Years Program (MYP).
Between the Grades of 7-8, students go through a less-intensive IB coursework and start understanding the basics of the IB Diploma program.
The MYP program is far more extensive and much more challenging than the regular New York State middle school requirements.
Q: How many kids get in as 6th graders?
A: From 4,000 test-takers, 150 gain admission. BUT we have an update: As of 2017, BSGE only takes two classes of students, up to 60 kids, in the 6th grade for a 7-12 admission. The school does not like it when their kids leave for specialized high schools, so they have an in-person interview to make sure candidates are interested in graduating from BSGE.
Q: How about the 9th grade?
A:UPDATE Nov 1, 2018: BSGE no longer has an entrance test for 8th graders. It is EASIER to get into Baccalaureate as a 6th grader and there are more seats open.
At Kweller Prep, we encourage 6th grade testing for the Baccalaureate School.
The same applies to the Specialized High School by the way; we encourage 8th grade testing, not 9th.
Baccalaureate may become a 9-12 admissions school starting September 2017. That means the January 2017 test may be the last group of 6th graders allowed to get into BSGE for grade 7. The school is good, not great, and many people leave BSGE for specialized high schools. The student body is very intelligent and the school is worth going to, even if only for two years.
Update 10/1/18: BSGE is keeping its admissions test for 6th graders and will accept 2 classes of about 25 kids each into 7th grade (50 total).
Q: What is on the test?
A: English and Math. Specifically: Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Language Arts, challenging math questions including some algebra, and geometry.
There is also one page of vocabulary. In the past two years, there has been no essay on the Baccalaureate Entrance Exam.
As stated, the test has varied from year to year, but these are the basic components.
Q: How do I practice?
A: At Kweller Prep, we have an excellent course to help students prepare for the entrance exam. It is in a small group setting, up to 10 students. Call us ! 1 (800) 631-1757
Q: What is the Baccalaureate interview like?
A: As of the date of this article, the interview is held in a group setting of approximately six students. All the students who interview have already passed the preliminary multiple choice exam. During the interview, students receive a task and are expected to complete the task in pairs. The Baccalaureate School extensively promotes teamwork and collaboration, which is why this is a group interview. At Kweller Prep, we privately coach kids for the Baccalaureate interview.
Q: What are other requirements that BSGE fulfills?
A: Aside from completing all IB requirements, all students at BSGE are required to take the minimum number of New York State Regents exams. There are a select few who take more and subsequently, are awarded the Advanced Regents Diploma in addition to graduating with an IB.
Q: Where is the Baccalaureate High School of Queens located?
A: It is located at:34-12 36th Avenue Astoria, NY 11106
You really can’t miss the school. It is literally the “box” on the corner of 36th Avenue.
There is metered street parking around the school.
Q: What is the food situation like?
Right across the street from the Baccalaureate High School, you will see a very good deli which serves delicious hot meals over lunch (I know, I tried!). There are a lot of great ethnic restaurants nearby as well as “quick eats.” The older students can leave for lunch. There are also a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts within relative walking distance (but closer to the Frank Sinatra High School for Performing Arts). The upper class (11th and 12th grade students) are able to leave “campus” and go across the street for lunch.
Q: How do you get to the school and what is the surrounding area like?
The school is located on a fairly quiet, 2 way street which offers metered parking.
There are a bunch of local restaurants and snack shops nearby. Don’t expect to see a campus or lush lawns and grass.
Directions to the Baccalaureate High School:
A: By Subway: 7 to Queensboro Plaza; E to Queens Plaza; F to 21st street; M, R to 36th street; N, Q to 36 Avenue-Washington Avenue
Bus: Q101, Q102, Q104, Q66
The School is conveniently located in Long Island City, which is about thirty minutes from midtown Manhattan. There is a tasty deli right across the street with a daily fresh hot and cold lunch buffet and nearly a dozen delicious ethnic restaurants within walking distance.
There are several fabulous schools only walking distance away from the Baccalaureate High School, including the Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts. The Baccalaureate High School itself is in a safe, secured box-like building with a security guard and one main entrance. Upon entering the high school, you will see a list of the various colleges the alumni have gained admission to, a clear testament to the school’s success.
Q: What is so special about the IB diploma?
A: Aside from being the highest globally ranked diploma, IB courses are also transferable as college credits (similar to AP courses). This means you as the parents save money. In fact, students who graduate from Baccalaureate HS typically enter college in their sophomore year. A year of tuition at Columbia University retails at $60,000. Add those saving to 5 years of a free amazing public high school education, and you are doing quite well with the bank.
Q: Is there any preparation for the IB?
A: Yes! Fortunately, BSGE is one of the few schools in the United States that provides pre-IB prep. This program comes directly from the IBO, and it is called the Middle Years Program (MYP). Between the grades of 7-10, students go through a less-intensive IB coursework and start understanding the basics of the IB Diploma program. The MYP program is far more extensive and challenging than the regular New York State requirements.
Q: What are IB courses?
A: IB courses are categorized into two main sections: Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). There is a third category in Math and Computer Science courses, and that is known as Studies SL.
Q: What is the difference between Higher Level and Standard Level Courses?
A: All HL courses have the same contents of SL courses, plus an estimated 2-4 more topics. However, HL courses go deeper into specific topics than SL courses. HL courses often span from the beginning of 11th grade and go until the end of 12th grade. SL courses span for only one year—they often start at the beginning of 11th grade and end the same year. Additionally, HL courses consist of 240 hours of coursework, whereas SL courses consist of 150 hours.
Q: What is the curriculum of IB schools?
A: Students must take 3 SL and 3 HL classes, each in the subject areas of English, foreign language, mathematics, sciences, history, and an elective subject, along with two years on Theory of Knowledge. They are also required to write 2 research papers on for Theory of Knowledge (on a real-world issue), and a research paper on a school subject of their choice (known as the Extended Essay). Many IB schools (including BSGE) also mandate that students write a minimum of 6-8 research papers by the end of the IB diploma program, aside from the mandatory 2 IB papers.
Q: How are IB courses weighed?
A: The IB has a specific grading system, which consists of a number grade from 1-7, with 7 being the highest possible grade.
Q: How does an IB diploma candidate become an IB diploma recipient?
A: A candidate must take the IB exams at the end of 11th and 12th grade. They must also pass the requirements for the Theory of Knowledge research paper and the Extended Essay. Furthermore, each candidate must complete and register a total of 120 hours of Community Activity Service (CAS) hours. More information can be obtained on the IBO’s website: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/recognition/guide/slided.cfm
Q: How does a student become an IB diploma candidate entering the 11th grade?
A: Based on the academic progress that the student has made throughout the MYP, the college advisor and guidance counselor recommend that a student becomes an IB candidate. If a student does not become an IB candidate, they are still required to take all IB courses. However, they will not have to take the IB exams at the end of 11th and 12th grades.
Q: What are the 7th grade courses offered?
A:English,Humanities,Pre-Algebra,Science,Foreign Language,Music,Technology,Advisory,Physical Education/Yoga
Q: What are the 8th grade courses offered?
A:English,Humanities,Integrated Algebra (Regents Class),Living Environment (Regents Class),Foreign Language,Visual Art,Technology,Advisory,Physical Education/Yoga
Q: What are the 9th grade courses offered?
A:Geometry (Regents Class),Forensic Science,Humanities,English,Foreign Language,Health,Visual Art, (Ceramics/Painting),Physical Education/Yoga,Music,Advisory
Q: What are the 10th grade courses offered?
A:Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry (Regents Class)
Chemistry (Regents Class)
Global Studies (Regents Class)
English (Regents Class)
Visual Arts or Technology
Advisory (10th grade Personal Project)
Q: What are the IB Diploma Courses offered (11th and 12th grades)?
A:IB Math Studies or Math SLIB Chemistry or Biology (SL or HL)History of the Americas (HL) – USH Regents in 11th gradeTheory of KnowledgeLanguage A – English (HL)Language B – Foreign Language (HL or SL)Visual Arts (SL or HL)Information Technology in a Global Society (HL)Advisory (Extended Essay requirement)Physical Education/Yoga
Q: What are the AP classes that are offered?
A: None. The school is an IB school, and does not provide any AP classes.
Q: What do students HATE about Baccalaureate HS?
A: No campus, no gym, no physics class, the school is incredibly small. Half the kids leave in grade 8 to attend specialized high schools, very few ivy league acceptances come from this school (except for Taro, who went to Kweller!). This school pushes hard on small liberal arts colleges, not on the Ivies, which is very unattractive to many parents. This school is not known for being a “feeder” into the Ivy Leagues, which is why many attend only until accepted to specialized. Another huge minus is that your child won’t know if he or she actually got the IB diploma until after college applications are in, after graduation has occurred. Another big minus is the grading system of 1 to 7, which confuses many parents and colleges. The SAT scores of this school are below that of specialized high schools, and 11th and 12th grade are extremely stressful because of all the IB candidacy requirements.
Q: What do students LOVE about Baccalaureate HS?
A: Graduating class of 58 students. This is a very close knit community. High teacher to student ratioNo bullyingEveryone knows each other from every gradeCaring teachers. This is a very demanding school from grade 7- they really make you work!
Note: At Kweller Prep, we rank the Baccalaureate School for Global Education as the top public school in Queens, York High School second (a specialized high school), and Townsend Harris High as third. Fourth is the Carl Sagan Program at Forest Hills High School, followed by the Academy of Finance and Enterprise (AOFE) in Long Island City as five. Last but not least, we rank Bard High School Early College on our top six list. Bard makes the bottom of our “top” list because so few of the college credits their students work tirelessly for actually transfer to top colleges.
Feel free to contact us at 1(800) 631-1757 for more information! Visit our website at www.KwellerPrep.com
Look at #2 – they are beginning to transition away from being a 7-12 school