Your child is scheduled to take the Hunter College High School Exam on Friday, January 10, 2020 on the first or second floor of the Hunter West building. Hunter West is located on the southwest corner of E. 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. To allow for easier entry into the building, we are allowing all first AND second floor test takers to form a line on E. 68th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues.
The E. 68th Street line will be for 1st and 2nd floor testers only.
The E. 68th Street line is separate from the larger line that forms on Lexington Avenue.
Students on the E. 68th Street line will be allowed into the building at a separate entrance than the other test takers.
When you arrive to the Hunter West building, please inform a staff member that your child will be taking the exam on the first or second floor. You will be directed to the appropriate line.
*REMEMBER, YOUR CHILD MUST HAVE A PAPER TICKET IN ORDER TO ENTER THE BUILDING ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT THE TICKET BEFORE TEST DAY.*
We look forward to welcoming your child tomorrow!
HCCS Office of Admissions
1. The HCHS admissions test is an English & Math-based examination given to students in the 6th grade, only to determine admission into Hunter High School for grades 7-12.
2. The exam takes place at Hunter College High School, on the Upper East Side of New York City, AS WELL AS at Hunter College. The high school’s address is 71 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128. In total, there are three locations where the test is administered:
3. You have only ONE chance to be admitted into Hunter College High School via an admissions exam. This is only ONCE, and admissions are only 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.”
We know this may not seem fair, but we did not make up the rules, so please, don’t be mad at the messengers.
You can take the test by invitation only! Students who achieve the highest scores on the ELA & Math state tests are invited to sit for the test. Your child must score in the 90th percentile on the ELA and the Math state tests to qualify. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you do not have the necessary ELA or Math State Scores, then you must submit your children’s school’s scores from the private school directly to Hunter. For example, your child must have scored in the 90th percentile in both Math and in English on the Terra Nova exams or ERB’s.
Note: Many parents call us at Kweller Prep to see if there is anything that can be done if their child scored just one or two points below the Hunter cut off. The answer is no. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing that can be done. To try to prevent this from happening, our suggestion is to participate in heavy preparation for the fifth grade ELA and Math state exams, which is something that Kweller Prep offers!
Remember, if you do not meet the Hunter cut off, you can also try for the Baccalaureate High School Entrance Exam and the Anderson Test in the 6th grade as well. Please leave private school options open too, by taking the middle-level ISEE or SSAT. Many private schools offer incredible scholarship opportunities for those who score in the top percentile on the ISEE or SSAT.
The scores for the 2016 Hunter College High School Entrance Exam were 357 in Math AND 346 in ELA. To emphasize, your child must achieve BOTH SCORES in order to qualify to take the HCHS Entrance Exam. NO EXCEPTIONS!
For private school students, the scores vary, but they usually must reach the 90th percentile or higher in both Math and in English. If your private school (such as UNIS) doesn’t offer any testing, be prepared for a slightly more stressful journey in order to take the Hunter Entrance Exam. Your child will have to sit for a “pre-qualifying exam” in November, and won’t receive the results until December to see if he or she qualifies. This particular test is based on the Terra Nova exams and covers high-level math and reading.
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” is usually held in late November. We will elaborate on the qualifying exam towards the end of this article. This also applies if your child was sick or absent on the ELA/Math State Test day for New York State.
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 one of the most selective public high schools in the United States.
Out of about 3,000 test-takers, about 175 are offered admission on the basis of the exam. Hunter College High School is consistently ranked as one of the top public high schools in the nation. Only about 6% of the students who take the Hunter College High School exam get into the High School; this means that it is harder to get into Hunter College High School than it is to get admitted into Harvard University, a school with a 8% admission rate! Hunter also houses an elementary school which accepts 25 boys and 25 girls from the Manhattan borough only. The gifted high school is open to all five boroughs. Sorry, we don’t prep kids for that test; it’s just not our thing!
Each year, approximately 25% of HCHS students are accepted into Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cornell, Brown and Dartmouth). Several more attend Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2006, HCHS reported a record high of a 60% acceptance rate into the Ivy Leagues– as if 25% was not impressive enough! Over 90% of Hunter grads matriculate to a top tier college.
No. Hunter is not a Specialized High School. Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Latin, and Brooklyn Technical are among the seven Specialized High Schools that require a SHSAT test score to attend.
Please see Kweller Prep’s Article, “SHSAT: Frequently Asked Questions”, to learn more about the SHSAT. The article can be found here:
*If you are interested in enrolling your child in our SHSAT prep course, please note Kweller Prep starts SHSAT prep classes the summer before the 7th grade (when your child finishes grade 6). Please plan accordingly. The SHSAT takes place in October of 8th grade, and again in early November of 9th grade; the exam is free and open to all NYC students. There is no pre-qualification needed. Kweller Prep runs excellent 8-week summer camps in preparation for the Specialized High Schools. We highly suggest 2 summers of practice before taking this difficult and important test.
Hunter College High School is independently funded by the New York State Board of Higher Education, and is run by Hunter College. The Hunter Parent Teacher’s Association further funds the school with vast resources. In fact, the Hunter PTA is well known for raising millions of dollars for students, as well as the school as a whole. The school is exempt from many stringent rules laid down by the Department of Education. Hunter is not a part of the Department of Education, but rather operates as a separate entity for gifted students.
Nope. Taking the Hunter test ($70) actually costs more than taking the SAT ($51).
Definitely! If you get in and pass the test, you can get a full six (6!) years of outstanding education for free! At a breakdown of about $12 a year, it’s certainly a steal!
You can pay online with a credit card or 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!
Too bad. You will still have to pay, just less. Hunter shows no billing mercy. You cannot take this test for free. 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 will make it cheaper. Again, I did not make up these rules, so don’t be mad at the messenger. 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. You have to provide many annoying supporting documents as well.
Here is some free advice:Pay full price. I know of a family who failed to provide tax supporting documents in time and, over a measly $35.00 fee reduction, that student wound up missing the Hunter application deadline and absolutely no exceptions were made; their kid couldn’t take the test. By the time the parents realized they had to provide further proof (request was sent via an email they rarely check) to obtain a reduced fee, they missed the application deadline. It’s just not “worth” it. Let his parents’ missed opportunity serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of you.
You can register online on the Hunter College High School website. Click on the “Admissions” tab on the top menu bar. Hunter has a ton of rules and regulations so please read everything carefully to ensure you properly registered your child to sit for this test.
That’s fine. If your child receives test accommodations already at school, you must send Hunter the 504 plan or IEP directly to the school via fax or email. Be sure to confirm the receipt. Generally, Hunter will absolutely offer extended time if your child already receives this accommodation at his or her school. Remember that receiving accommodations will not hurt your child’s chances of being accepted into the school. Just be sure to submit the proper paperwork within a timely manner.
Here is some more free advice: Do not fear taking the Hunter Test if you need test accommodations! Kweller Prep has helped several happy students who received test accommodations gain admission into Hunter, and we can gladly provide references if necessary. Please do go ahead and take this test no matter what your testing circumstances are! You never know! Just be sure to provide Hunter with the proper accommodation documentation by their strict deadlines so you can take this test to meet your unique needs.
The application deadline is typically in early-to-mid-November. The online system will close at that time. There is no other way to receive an admission ticket for the test, so make sure to register before the deadline. This past year, registration opened on September 16th, 2013. Tickets for the Entrance Exam will be sent by mid-December by email. Please be sure to keep this ticket!
The HCHS entrance exam is held on the second Friday morning of January. Be prepared for crazy snow storms, sub-zero temperatures, and lots of traffic. Yes, you and your 12-year old will have to stand outside in the freezing cold around 7:30 AM prior to taking a highly competitive, 3-hour long entrance exam. Be sure to dress appropriately.
The exam is 3 hours long, including the time to write the essay. Each section is not timed. Your kid basically receives a booklet and can decide which section (Essay, Critical Reading, or Math) he or she wants to start first. The proctor then collects the test three hours later. Since 2014, the grammar section was removed. In 2016, students chose one essay topic from the two options provided.
In past years, the Hunter College High School Admissions Test started at 9:00 AM, but most students and parents tend to arrive by 8:00 AM, some even as early as 7:30 AM. Expect it to be freezing cold, and expect there to be thousands of parents and kids at the test centers that morning. Oh, and NY1 news reporters are at the scene each year, filming and interviewing, so you might get a TV cameo! (Thanks for the 2016 NY1 shout out, KP kids!) However, don’t let all of this distract your child- make sure that he or she realizes that the test will be starting very soon!
This test contains three sections:
There is NO GUESSING PENALTY- make sure to answer every multiple choice question. You never know!
Yes. With only a few exceptions, Hunter admits 50 students from its elementary school into the high school.
Roughly 1,200 of the students who take the HCHS test are from Queens, New York.
No. Calculators of any form are not permitted on this test.
Results are usually available by the end of February.
That’s definitely a tough one, because my company employs both Stuyvesant and Hunter grads, and I don’t want to offend anyone by picking a favorite. Both schools are excellent choices, each with stellar reputations. With that being said, if given the choice, I would personally choose Hunter over Stuyvesant. I don’t want my Stuy grads to be upset, but personally, I’m more of a humanities-based person, and I really like the idea of my own kids having the same circle of friends from the formative years, starting with 7th grade, and attending the same small school in the quiet, enclosed Upper East Side.
Downtown is crazy and noisy; I experienced all that chaos throughout college at NYU. I would prefer to spare my kids from that and would rather, if given the opportunity, opt for Hunter. Knowing what I know about this magnificent school, if I had to pick one over the other, I’d pick Hunter.
Furthermore, I would rather my kids not have to start 9th grade in a brand new school, with brand new teachers, amidst the chaos and constant construction of downtown NYC. Kweller Prep staff and I do a tremendous amount of work with the college admissions process. Colleges look heavily at grades 9 to 12, with 11th grade being the most important year. Students already have enough to adjust to as they transition from middle to high school.
Keep in mind that the skill sets that your child will learn from our Hunter Prep course will help years later when he or she is preparing for the SHSAT. Also, students who get into Hunter can still try for Stuyvesant in the 8th grade. At least you’ll have a good two years of excellent middle school foundation to prepare your child for the rigors of high school. If your child is invited to take this test, it is quite an honor.
Please prepare well for this exam and for this incredible opportunity.
This is the test you take to see if you can qualify to take the Hunter test. The exam is given to students who have no test scores at all, have lived outside of NY State, or attended a school outside of NYS in the 5th grade, but are now residents of NY.
The ERB, Terra Nova, Stanford, Iowa, and CTP- 4 are usually the tests your child will take in the 5th grade. But, if your child did not take any of these exams, then he or she will require a letter directly from the school principal or head, stating that the child didn’t take any tests in the fifth grade, but is still eligible to take the Hunter exam.
Once the parents submit an online application for Hunter, you must select “no scores.” Then, the parent will receive an e-mail saying that since your child has no test scores, he or she has to take the qualifying exam in November.
The qualifying exam is usually held in late November.
The qualifying exam is an additional fee. The qualifying exam costs $90, in addition to the $70 to take the main test. That is $160 total (sorry to really break this down, but so many people ask).
Let’s be very clear with test fees: you must pay them, and pay them on time! A delay in paying the test fee, or not providing adequate documentation to HCHS to support a reduced test fee, means that your child could wind up being precluded from taking this test. This happens every year, so please be on top of this.
The $90 fee needs to be paid the day of the qualifying exam, November 23, by a money order (I don’t remember to whom). Please contact the school to find out to whom the money order should be sent to, if payable.
It is a combination of Reading and Math, both at a sixth grade level. The test consists of multiple choice questions, with no essay. There are roughly 60 English questions, and 30 Math questions. Apparently, you are not allowed write on the test booklet, so don’t underline or outline as you read.
Shortly after registering online, the parent will receive an email stating that Hunter has received a payment. The email will state whether the child has been picked to take the qualifying exam. Please don’t wait to start HCHS prep courses until after you get the results from the qualifying exam; the test is fairly easy. You are better off having your child start test prep early, sit for the qualifying exam, then continue test prep until you get results so that you don’t waste time.
Parents will be notified within two weeks of taking the test.
Hunter will not accept test scores from other states. They will look at the state scores from a parent, plus a proof of new address in New York City. You must reside in one of the five boroughs of NYC.
Kweller Prep. Here, students can take multiple proctored practice tests, and work through some of the toughest math and English questions on the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam with experienced instructors, many of whom have attended Hunter themselves.
Yes, you can study on your own, but it is incredibly difficult to do so. Visit our website, or register for classes, at www.KwellerPrep.com
Our main office is large, spacious, family-friendly, and is located in Forest Hills.
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Thank you for your application to Hunter College High School (HCHS). Your child’s Application ID is XYZ. The Application is submitted and your Order ID is 123. Your payment has been received.
You indicated that your child does not have scores from 5th grade to establish eligibility for the HCHS entrance exam. HCHS must receive verification (in the form of a letter) from your child’s principal or guidance counselor that this is the case, along with a recommendation that s/he be permitted to sit for the Qualifying Exam.
We must receive this letter NO LATER than NOVEMBER 8th, in order to schedule your child for the Qualifying Exam. Students without scores who do not take this exam cannot qualify for the entrance exam.
The Qualifying Exam will be administered at HCHS on November 23rd. There are additional fees for the exam, payable directly to the tester on test day. Sabbath observers will be scheduled for the exam on November 25th.
Once we have received the letter from your principal or guidance counselor, we will contact you about the procedure for sitting for one or both sections of the Qualifying Test.
The Fees for the Testing
$90.00 for Reading and Mathematics tests
$60.00 for Reading test only
$60.00 for Mathematics test only
Students must achieve at least the 90th percentile on the Reading test and the 90th percentile on the Mathematics test in order to be eligible to sit for the HCHS entrance exam. No exceptions are considered.
Tickets for the exam will be mailed by regular mail in December. Please do not call the office to inquire about your child’s application or exam ticket.
If you do not receive a ticket for the exam by December 18th, you may reply to this email with your child’s name, address, school name, guidance counselor’s name and phone number. We will not respond to phone inquiries about exam tickets. Use this email address for any other problems or questions you may have, such as a change in address.
Your exam ticket mailing will include all the information necessary for test day, including an overview of the test process, information for drop-off and pick-up of students, as well as exam scoring and results notification. You may find current information about the application process, as well as a sample of the Entrance Exam at our website: www.hunterschools.org/hs/admissions