High School Entrance

Despite what the makers of certain tests might tell you, every test can and should be prepared for. Each test has its own language, logic and a certain set of criteria upon which it bases its evaluation. It is important that students learn the logic and structure of the exam before them, if only to know what’s coming.

Despite what most test prep organizations tell you, standardized tests are not out to trick you. They might go after certain common weaknesses and false assumptions that most students share, but that is why they are called tests. Rather than training students to feel as if they are being tricked and somehow need to learn tricks to protect themselves, we teach students to understand their own minds and avoid common pitfalls. Rather than rail against the test, we rail against sloppy and recalcitrant thinking. It is far easier to change ourselves than change the tests.

High school entrance is an especially thorny process in New York City and its vicinity. Happily, there are more and more good options for students each year. Please find below a list of the different tests students may or must take in order to gain entry to each respective school and type of school.

ibidPREP offers in-school, in-office, one-on-one and custom courses for the following exams



New York City Specialized High School Admissions Test

This test is the sole criteria for students wishing to enter one of the the eight specialized high schools around the city. While the SHSAT is not for everyone, it is worth keeping in mind that it is not an exam students need to do perfectly on in order to receive invites to specialized high schools.Even scores in the 65% range overall can clear the cutoff for some schools! For 2014, to make our courses better and more effective, Stuart Servetar has written Remain Clam! Test Taking & the Teenage Mind: SHSAT Edition,. The course book puts together years of experience, test andtest taking knowledge into one comprehensive breakdown of the SHSAT. Each SHSAT students receives one free copy of the book. The book is also available for purchase by non-ibid students here.

Group Test Prep* - Three Great Options!

Spring/Fall Weekly Course**  –  14 sessions of 1.5 hours each 6 Proctored Tests
May – Jun & Sep – Oct
Summer Courses – 10 sessions: 7 classes + 3 Proctored Tests
Mon - Fri
3 sessions to choose from  
Fall Twice Weekly Course – 14 twice weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each, 5 Proctored Tests

‚Äč7th Grade Common Core
ELA & Math New York State Test Prep

The 7th Grade Common Core Exam is used as one of the principal criterion for entrance to many of those public high schools not on the specialized high school roster.

ibidPREP has had great success and takes great pride in steering our 7th graders to excellent scores on these exams. We have been honing our materials and syllabuses since the state tests were changed to conform to the the Common Core in 2012. Our courses and coursebooks have been used to great effect in numerous schools, in our in-office classes and with our private students.

Group Test Prep—Four Great Options!

In-school [two semesters]— ibidPREP partners with your school to run weekly classes for two semesters in advance of the State Tests in the spring. Students are grounded in ALL the fundamentals pertinent to the common core and their grade level. Students are also familiarized with the rigors and standards involved in standardized and timed exams.

In-school [one semester]—ibidPREP partners with your school to run weekly classes for one semester in advance of the State Tests in the spring. Students are grounded in ALL the fundamentals pertinent to the common core and their grade level. Students are also familiarized with the rigors and standards involved in standardized and timed exams. Since this is a one semester course, the material and reviews go by a bit faster and proctored exams occur with greater frequency.  

In-office Winter/Spring Course—this course is held at our 2328 Broadway office. This course begins just after winter break and takes students right to the real test ready and confident.

In-office Intensive Course—allows your student to dispense with months of time consuming prep. Our intensive Common Core courses are held during Mid-Winter & Spring breaks.

Students receive flashcards, course binders and access to online materials. Parents and students will have access to student info and test results via ibidprep.com

Hunter College High School Entrance Exam

This test is administered by Hunter College High School in the beginning of January to all interested 6th graders who scored in the 90th percentile or above on their 5th Grade Common Core Exams. It is a three hour test that includes reading, math and writing components.

Last year was a terrific year for ibidPREP. 90% of our students reporting passed the multiple choice section and 75% gained entry the HUNTER!! In order to retain our great stats, we strongly recommend that students start preparing AT LEAST two months prior to the exam and devote almost as much time to the essay as to the multiple choice questions. If there are any particular weaknesses in your student's game, now is the time to address them—Our new IMMERSIVE ALL-DAY Hunter Saturday course will more than do the trick. Our tradtional Sunday course and one-on-ones are still on offer too!

ISEEs - Independent School Entrance Exams

A criterion for entrance to New York City Private Schools, the ISEE is a difficult test to do very well on because it tests students beyond their grade level. The test requires an elevated vocabulary and the ability to do quantitative comparisons. Further complicating matters, students are scored and curved relative to the very small pool of other applicants applying to New York private schools. Achieving high scores on these tests is a challenge and, for those who take it, the first taste of SAT style exams.

This year, for thre first time and by popular demand, we will be offering and ISEE classes!

SSATs – Secondary School Admission Test

Like the ISEEs, the SSAT is used for admission to private schools, but generally those outside the New York City area. The SSAT, like the ISEE, contains many of the characteristics of the SAT, including one of its oldest most infamous sections: the analogies. The analogies require a knack for concretely defining words and using our very precise methods to cope with those words you don’t know.

*All our courses can be tailored to be administered at your school at discount rates!
**Spring/Fall & Fall SHSAT Courses may be supplemented with SHSAT Summer Courses