High school entrance exam prep can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially in the New York area. One of the best things about living in New York is that some of its more selective public high schools are on par with (if not better than) private schools in the area or elsewhere. However, in order to maintain their reputation, these schools have rigorous entrance exams designed to identify New York’s best and brightest children. A cottage industry has risen up to offer high school entrance exam prep, but at Ascent Tutors we’ve found that a cookie-cutter approach to the experience doesn’t work best. Instead, we identify tutors who are graduates of these schools – schools such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Dalton, Spence, Poly Prep, Hackley, LaGuardia – and recruit them to engage in one on one tutoring, conducting personalized high school entrance exam prep on the same exams that they successfully passed to get into their alma maters.

New York City has a special test specifically for its specialized high schools (those schools include: Bronx High School of Science; Brooklyn Technical High School; High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College; High School for American Studies at Lehman College; Queens High School for Sciences at York College; and Stuyvesant High School) called the SHSAT – the Specialized High School Admissions Test. At Ascent Tutors, SHSAT tutoring and SHSAT prep is one of our specialties. Given the overwhelming level of competition New York students face on these exams, personalized SHSAT tutoring with someone who mastered and succeeded on the SHSAT themselves is by far the best option. Books and large classes can only take a person so far – individually tailored education plans, we find, have a much better track record of actually achieving results on these exams.

In addition to SHSAT tutoring, Ascent Tutors also offers COOP/HSPT tutoring and prep. The COOP (Cooperative Admissions Exam) and the HSPT serve as admissions tests for many of the most selective Catholic high schools in the area. In addition to a rigorous examination of a student’s scholastic achievement, these exams also test a student’s knowledge of the Catholic faith and its tenets. As with the SHSAT, we at Ascent Tutors have located and recruited a slew of tutors who succeeded on their Catholic high school entrance exams with flying colors and are prepared to help others achieve the same goal.

In addition to the specialized public high schools and the abundance of excellent Catholic high schools, New York also has some of the most selective secular private schools in the country. Institutions such as St. Anne’s, Hackley, Dalton, Spence, and Trinity have graduated many students who have gone on to play substantial roles in our nation’s cultural, political, and economic landscapes. No matter what the school you or your child hopes to attend, we can find a tutor who will help you achieve your goal. Call Ascent Tutors today and get started on your path to the academic success you know you can achieve.