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The Catholic high school(s) you’re applying to want(s) to know how strong your vocabulary is. That’s why the HSPT, COOP, and TACHS all ask vocabulary questions. To answer as many of them correctly as possible, do the following:
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Not every high school in New York City requires an entrance exam. However, many of the schools designed for academically gifted students will admit students based on their performance on a standardized test.  Some private and parochial high schools administer their own unique tests.  However, there are 8 public high schools in New York City that admit students based only on their performance on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (or SHSAT), sometimes referred to as the "Stuyvesant Test."  Use study skills, tutors, and special practice tests to boost your chances of getting admitted to one of the best New York high schools.