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2022 FREE Online SHSAT Mock Exams
Bee Tutored is offering a free online proctored SHSAT mock exam for students who are considering applying to a Specialized High School. Dates below. Use promo code “75OFF” when registering. After the exam, parents will receive an exam report that details current strengths/weaknesses. Sign up for one date only.
1. Saturday, January 8, 10am - 1pm
2. Sunday, January 16, 10am - 1pm
3. Saturday, February 5, 10am - 1pm
4. Saturday, March 5, 10am - 1pm
Free/Low-Cost Test Prep Resources
Advice from a parent - Discounts! Always ask if discounts are available. Discounts might be available based on school affiliation and/or other factors. Many test prep companies will discount their fees, sometimes significantly, for families with financial challenges so don't hesitate to ask.
- Kaplan Test Prep is offering a free, on-demand SHSAT Practice Test. Questions can be addressed to email@example.com
Sheptin Tutoring Group is offering ESMS families free SHSAT Practice Exams! Please call 914-232-3743 to reserve your space
Free SHSAT Mock Exams from Cates, a vendor fair participant. According to Cates, "mock tests are the single most useful tool for developing your test-taking skills".
NYC Admissions Solutions is also offering ESMS families a free 15 minute consultation to discuss any topic of testing and/or high schools.
IVY Tutors Network is offering a free one-day ’tricks and strategies’ class to kickstart the SHSAT study process.
The DOE’s Specialized High Schools Student Handbook includes practice exam questions and test-taking tips.
Check out Inside Schools Free Programs section for more options and also ask organizations in your neighborhood if they offer SHSAT prep.
For about $25 you can take an online prep course from TestPrepSHSAT.com. This organization also offers free content, one-on-one tutoring for a fee, and some scholarships to cover the cost of their fees.
Outreach Prep, utilizing High School students as tutors, is offering free tutoring services for grade 5 thru 8 for exams and for an array of subjects. They are also buying students free books for test prep and for enhancing reading skills.
Some community organizations, such as the Hudson Guild offer free SHSAT prep to students.
PASSNYC is an organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of students taking the SHSAT. It offers resources for parents and students including a free summer SHSAT prep course for a limited number of rising 8th-graders.
Helicon Inc, a non-profit, offers a SHSAT prep program for free to African-American and Latina girls.
The DOE’s DREAM Program offers two free SHSAT prep programs open to New York City public school students who meet additional eligibility requirements. There’s a 22-month-long course open to 6th-graders and the Summer/Fall Intensive, a 38-session course open to rising 8th-graders.
Argo Prep offers a lower-cost, online test prep and tutoring. ArgoPrep is also providing free test prep material for the roughly 30,000 eighth-graders in New York City preparing for the Specialized High School Exam. NYC students can sign up online for a free 3-month subscription.
SamSchool now offers a FREE SHSAT Mini Test for the benefit of SHSAT Takers of 2020. This test consists of 56 questions (ELA - 26, Math - 26) in SHSAT Style for 8th and 9th graders. Parents, students and educators may get the test at: SamSchool.org/free.
While not SHSAT specific, Khan Academy offers free online instruction/exercises/tests on a wide array of subjects including math and English.
BeeTutored - Free SHSAT and Specialized Schools Informational Webinar.
Applerouth Tutoring offers an individualized approach to testing and academics. Standardized tests are only part of the equation. Our tutors help students raise their grades and become more confident test-takers. Our tutors are experienced instructors who receive extensive training, and we work to make the perfect tutor match for your child. Applerouth offers expert tutors for the SHSAT, SSAT, ISEE, SAT/ACT and all academic subjects in grades 6-12. Diagnostic tests are free. Call our Program Advisor team at 212-731-4676 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ESMS families receive a free diagnostic tests for the SHSAT, SSAT, ISEE, SAT or ACT tests. Bid on our tutoring package at the ESMS Auction!
Call our Program Advisor team
At Axiom Learning, academics is our specialty and we work with kids of all ages to help them master and excel in their academic subjects. Some kids need extra help learning the material from class and others need to be challenged beyond what their school offers. We understand that every child has a unique learning profile and distinct academic and socio-emotional needs and customize our work to each child, so that they excel not only in school but as adults. From textbook to reality, whether for extra support or looking for more challenge, Axiom Learning offers support in any of the following subjects:
Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Spanish, French, Engineering, Computer Programming, Statistics and more!
Serin Feldman, Operations Assistant
Axiom Learning - Upper East Side
Bee Tutored is a boutique tutoring company founded in 2007 that provides at-home one-on-one tutoring, small group classes at our locations and partners with some of the best schools and nonprofits across the city. We also provide tutoring for SHSAT, NY State NYS ELA/Math, SSAT, ISEE, general academic support, foreign languages, high school admissions consulting and more. Preparing for specialized exams can be an intense process and we'd like to help support you and your student.
While schools are closed, we are offering all group and private classes remotely. Once schools have reopened and in-person meetings are deemed safe, classes will be hosted at our locations. Our virtual learning model will ensure that we maintain the benefits of in-class learning and collaboration to the extent possible, while also continuing to offer the comprehensive subject instruction offered in our live classes. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Discount Codes (Valid if used before April 15th):
*Use code “25OFF” to receive a $25 discount on all courses and bootcamps before April 15th.
*Use code “75OFF” to receive a $75 discount on any spring/fall course.
*Use code “75DISCOUNT” to receive a $75 on the advanced prep package1-on-1 and Customized Small Group.
1-on-1 and Customized Small Group SHSAT Prep Options:
Bee Tutored offers discounted rates on packages of 10 private 1-on-1 sessions. We can also customize small group tutoring courses to fit your needs. Parents that organize small group sessions and invite other students receive an additional discount. Please email email@example.com if you would like to learn more about either option.
With expert-led test prep classes, engaging 1-1 tutoring, and holistic admissions support from CATES, getting into selective high schools is easier than you think.
Whatever your goals, CATES tutors design a highly personalized program to help your student develop the academic, executive, and social-emotional skills necessary to make an impact in middle school and beyond. Our students achieve industry-leading score improvements on the SHSAT, ISEE, TACHS, and Hunter Entrance Exam and have been admitted at a variety of independent and specialized high schools.
Beyond admissions, working with CATES gives students an opportunity to build the skills, strengths, and self-confidence that will power them into the next phase of their lives.
• ESMS families save 10% on all test prep classes – use code ESMS10 at checkout.
• ESMS families save $100 on their first three 1-1 tutoring sessions when they enroll before March 1 (terms apply).
Evolved Education Company
Each student improves their test scores, academic performance, and high school application process by using Evolved Education, because we dive deep into the experience of our students and teach them individually what they need to learn to meet their goals. When you work with Evolved, you get an investment which returns not only results, but also tools for learning; professional tutors who know how to teach and who can connect well with your child; and a 'one stop shop" with additional resources such as mock testing, academic tutoring, special education services and advocacy, academic analysis and school placement consulting, including private, boarding, and public schools. We offer 1-1 services and they can be booked at www.evolveded.com by filling out our intake form or by emailing Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
For all ESMS families, we offer private tutoring, mock testing, academic analysis, and school placement consulting. We are offering a complimentary 15-minute consultation. Please email Stephanie at email@example.com to set this up!
Ivy Tutors Network
A trusted NYC source in subject help and test prep for the last 17 years, IVY Tutors is known for our brilliant and caring tutors; our data-driven test prep approach; and our personalized, knowledgeable customer service. Education is not one-size-fits-all. Finding the right tutor-mentor match means that your child will excel in school, have a deeper understanding of the coursework, have increased confidence overall, and will learn valuable skills from an elite group of hand-picked tutors, skills that will carry him/her through high school, college and beyond. That’s the IVY promise.
Ivy Tutors has provided individual, in-home tutoring in all curriculum from kindergarten through college as well as test prep for SHSAT, SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE.
17 amazing years of helping 1000s of New York students achieve their scholastic potential, retain knowledge, increase confidence, and receive higher scores on exams.
ESMS families get free diagnostic testing at our test center and half-price for the first lesson.
Kweller Prep helps students get to the next level in their academic career. This program mainly offers advanced test preparation for students in grades 3-12. Our instructors customize classes based on each student’s needs. Kweller Prep specializes in competitive middle, high school, and college entrance exam preparation. Class sizes are limited to 10 students.Over twenty of our company's text books are now sold on Amazon. Kweller Prep is a WBE and a licensed vendor for the NYC Department of Education. Kweller Prep was developed by Frances Kweller, an attorney and daughter of immigrants. Frances graduated from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education and Hofstra University School of Law. See this page further below for our 2020 SHSAT prep schedule!
NYC Specialized High School Test (SHSAT) information seminar: Kweller prep was scheduled to be the ESMS PTA guest speaker in April 2020, to give an informational session on the SHSAT mechanics. The in-person meeting has been canceled due to the citywide shelter-in mandate. Please refer to the following video link for information on the SHSAT format, scoring rubrics, school’s cutoff score, tips on how to do well on test, and many more valuable information for both parents & students.
Kweller Prep's Manhattan Location:
370 Lexington Avenue Suite 605
New York NY 10017
Office: 1 (800) 631-1757
Register for classes online at www.KwellerPrep.com
Kweller Prep participates in Flex-Spending and Dependent Care. Our Education Tax ID is: 2731-37203
NYC Admissions Solutions
NYC Admissions Solutions helps families, schools & other organizations navigate K-college public and private school admissions. Founded by a former independent school admissions officer and Deputy Executive Director of High School Admissions with the NYC Department of Education, our team of admissions experts draw from decades of experience counseling families both within schools and in private practice. Contact us for more information or to request a complimentary phone consultation.
Due to the cancellation of our March PTA meeting, NYC Admission Solutions, our planned guest speaker, has graciously shared with us their recorded presentation of "NYC Public High School Admissions".
In light of the Coronavirus crisis, NYC Admissions Solutions is now offering new clients sharply reduced remote/online middle and high school admissions (public and private) consultation rates ($185/hour) until NYC school buildings open up again. We also consider sliding scale fees, so feel free to ask about this option, as well.
Of course if you are not interested or ready to consider private consultations, in addition to our free, recorded webinars we also offer an entire series of low cost webinars at www.nycadmissionssolutions.com/ondemand, plus other free resources and blogs on our website.
Sheptin Tutoring Group
Sheptin Tutoring Group provides top-notch academic support and exam prep tutoring for New York State students. We emphasize problem-solving techniques and strategies. Our custom designed programs help students achieve higher test scores and improved academic standing. Please call 914-232-3743 to reserve your space or to reserve time.
The Tutor Universe
Join The Tutorverse for the highest quality in academic enrichment and test preparation! Have your student join a small-group test-prep class at our downtown or uptown locations. Or, have your student meet with a private tutor when and where it’s most convenient! No matter what you choose, you'll benefit from our:
- Expertise: educators with 2+ years of live experience, and at least a bachelor's degree
- Personalization: small classes (max 14 students w/ 2 educators), plus 1:1 tutoring
- High Standards: fewer than 3% of applicants hired
SHSAT, ISEE, SSAT, SAT/ACT, SAT IIs, APs, State Exams, Application Essays, Academic/Subject Enrichment
We would like to offer free 15-minute phone consultations for any ESMS family in regards to high school or college admissions. This includes discussing the necessary assessments students will take for admissions, as well as the application process and school offerings. Parents should send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a 15-minute consultation and indicate that they are an ESMS family. Parents can also submit a service inquiry via our website at www.thetutorverse.com, or call us at 646-582-6934 to schedule an appointment.
Education Operations Manager
The Tutorverse, LLC
222 Broadway 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038(646) 582 6934 x704
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Academic Support Resources
On 11/19/19, ESMS invited Anthony Becker, CFP, to return to our school to speak at our PTA meeting. Mr. Becker's topic was "Planning for the Costs of College" which was highly received by the audience. The key takeaway is that the time to start planning is NOW!
Here is Mr. Becker's handout and contact information - Becker Presentation College Nov 2019.PDF
ESMS families receive a reduced fee consultation!
Student Financial Aid Presentation, provided by the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation - 2020-21 Financial Aid PowerPoint.PDF
Students with IEPs
Hunter College Learning Lab offers free tutoring for students with IEPs. For more information:
East Side Middle School Sponsors
Thank you to the following sponsors who have donated generously to the ESMS PTA
GRF Test Prep - GRF's Ten-Session Course prepares students to take the New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Each of our class sessions is 3 hours in length. We teach and review all of the types of ELA and Mathematics questions that are tested on the exam. Our Homework Assignments always include questions that are similar to those asked on previous years' exams. The GRF Course teaches test taking techniques that help students to achieve a higher score. We provide our students with Five Complete Practice Exams that are similar to those given in recent years. We administer one of these exams under test conditions during SESSION # 9 of our Ten-Session course. A Progress Report is sent home each session to keep the student's parents informed of the student's progress. Past experience has shown the GRF Course provides excellent preparation for the SHSAT. 2020 IS OUR 40th YEAR OF PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE THE SHSAT! Reach us at (201) 592 - 1592 or at GRFTESTPREP@aol.com. Visit our website at http://www.grftestprep.com/courses.html for courses and locations.
Karen Berlin Ishii - Premier Academic Tutoring and Test Prep
All ESMS families are invited to schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone or Skype consultation: Ask Karen all your questions about tests and test prep – from tips for foundational study to strategizing your child's admissions testing, the best study materials and more. Visit Karen's website to learn more and find contact information at: http://karenberlinishii.com/contact.html
Ivy Global- Ivy Global is a company that focuses on providing clients with premium educational services. We are distinguished by the team we've assembled — a dedicated, talented and passionate group. Our services include: SAT Prep, SSAT Prep, ISEE Prep, Admission Essays, Private Tutoring, and Strategy Consulting. Ivy Global is offering private tutoring at the discount rate of $80 per hour for school or curriculum help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free hour of online tutoring or essay editing or for a free 30-minute consultation. Please visit our website at https://ivyglobal.com for additional offerings and promotions.
* ESMS is providing the above listings & links for informational purposes only. We do not endorse any of the offerings and encourage families to perform proper due-diligence before engaging with any service or provider.
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