THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR THE FALL 2013 7TH GRADE IS NOW COMPLETE. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 7TH NEXT FALL. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE ELIGIBILITY SCORE FOR THE 2014 ENTRANCE EXAM AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR CHILD SITTING FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAM FOR ADMISSION TO 7TH GRADE FOR THE FALL OF 2014, PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN.
WHILE THERE MAY BE CHANGES FOR NEXT YEAR, THE INFORMATION BELOW IS A GOOD INTRODUCTION TO OUR APPLICATION PROCESS. PLEASE READ THE SITE TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL.
Hunter College High School (HCHS) is a part of the Hunter College Campus Schools, the laboratory schools of the City University of New York administered by Hunter College. The only entry years at Hunter College Campus Schools are Kindergarten for the Elementary School and Seventh Grade for the High School.
Below is general information for admission to the 7th grade at HCHS. Though we are a high school, HCHS is a 7-12 grade school. 7th grade is the sole entry point for HCHS. We do not accept inquiries or applications for any other grades than 7th grade. We do not accept students for 8th or 9th grade or transfer students for any grade.
THIS FALL, ALL APPLICATIONS TO HCHS WILL BE ELECTRONIC. THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR THE FALL 2013
7TH GRADE CLASS IS NOW AVAILABLE. PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS PAGE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CREATE AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION.
HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Entrance to HCHS is by exam only. The exam is open only to students who are New York City residents. Students must qualify to take the Entrance Exam by achieving qualifying scores on 5th grade NY State-wide tests. The qualifying score changes each year.
THE ELIGIBILITY SCORES FOR THE 2013 ENTRANCE EXAM ARE 690 IN ELA AND 733 IN MATH. ONLY STUDENTS WITH BOTH THESE SCORES (OR HIGHER) WILL BE SEATED FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
Students in independent and parochial schools must have scored in the 90th national percentile of the Reading Comprehension and Math tests used at their schools and have those scores reported directly to the Admissions office.
We will arrange a qualifying examination for students for whom no scores are available (if they were sick on the testing days or if their home school does not require annual testing), if the principal of the home school submits a letter of recommendation with evidence of the student’s academic qualifications to the Admissions office.
Your child MUST have the qualifying scores on the NY State exams or the 90th national percentile or above on tests used at his/her independent school, There are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements and we will not respond to requests for exceptions in any case.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN ONLINE APPLICATION FOR YOUR CHILD IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2012 AT 4PM. THE APPLICATION SYSTEM WILL CLOSE AT THAT TIME.
HOW TO APPLY TO HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
At the bottom of this page there is a link (available on August 31st, 2012 at 10:00am) that will direct you to the HCHS online application. You must have an email address to complete an application for your child. If you are applying for twins, you must have two unique email addresses to complete applications separately for each one.
Fill out the application. Fields in red are mandatory. Be sure to enter your child’s test scores – they will be verified with your child’s school by HCHS to ensure that your child is qualified for the exam. Children whose scores cannot be verified will not be seated for the exam. Click “Save” when you are done. You can come back and “Edit” a saved application.
Once you have completed the application, click “Submit”. This will take you to the payment page (“Checkout”). Read the notes and select either “Application Fee” ($70.00) or “Reduced Application Fee” ($35.00). Click “Go!”.
Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch may apply for a reduced administrative fee for the entrance exam. Online applications must be paid at the time of submission. You must pay the reduced fee of $35.00, then follow the instructions to mail in supporting documentation for BOTH parents. If you receive a notice that your application has been rejected, you must pay the balance of the $70.00 administrative fee BY MONEY ORDER as soon as you receive notice. Without proper payment, your child’s application will be considered incomplete. Until payment is made, your child will not receive a ticket for the exam. If you feel your application has been rejected in error, please send the additional documentation to support your request. Applications are often rejected when a tax return indicates assets (i.e. savings) that would enable a family to pay the fee, regardless of annual income.
On the next page, click “Checkout”. If you are paying by credit/debit card (recommended), your billing address information will appear in the address fields. Be sure that this information is the BILLING address for the card you are using. Fill out all fields completely. Click “Review Order”. If all information is correct, click “Submit Order”. You will receive a screen with information for the next steps of the process. You may print this screen, but the information will also be sent to you in an email. You will also receive an email receipt for the order.
THE ENTRANCE EXAM
The 2013 test will be given on JANUARY 11TH, 2013 at one of three locations:
1. HCHS at 94th St. between Park and Madison Avenues
2. Hunter College – West Building at 68th St.and Lexington Avenue
3. Hunter College – North Building at 69th St. between Park and Lexington Avenues
Your child will be assigned a location and room for the Exam. Mailings will include information about pick up and drop off and will refer students to comprehensive information about test day.
TESTING, SCORING and SELECTION
The Entrance Exam consists of two multiple-choice sections covering English and Math and a writing assignment. Students have three hours to complete the Exam. It is given once per year, with no make-up dates or rescheduling. For the 2012-2013 year, the Exam will be given on January 11th, 2013. In the event of inclement weather, the snow date is scheduled for January 18th, 2013.
The multiple-choice sections are computer-scored and hand-checked for accuracy. A cut off score is established, allowing the top approximately 500 scorers to have their essays read by a panel of HCHS English faculty. Essays are read “blind”; at all times, students are identified solely by their HCHS Identification numbers. Readers do not know the students’ identities at any point in the assessment process. The students who write the top approximately 170 essays are selected for admission to HCHS.
HCHS also maintains a wait list pool of 20 to 30 students. If admitted students decline admission or withdraw from HCHS prior to the beginning of 7th grade, students from the wait list will be offered admission at HCHS’s discretion. No students will be admitted from the wait list after 7th grade.
HCHS does not rescore exams, reread essays, or reconsider admissions decisions. HCHS does not share or publish any portion of the Exam and does not endorse any test preparation service or agency.
PREPARING FOR THE EXAM
Below is a sample of the Hunter College High School (HCHS) Entrance Exam. This is a sample test, not an actual exam that was given in any year for admission to HCHS.
The exam is designed to assess your learning. No one test can give a complete picture of your skills and knowledge, but your exam provides us with a sample of your comprehension and problem solving, analytic and writing abilities.
This test contains three sections: 60 multiple-choice English Language Arts questions, a Writing Assignment, and 35 multiple-choice Mathematics questions. Each multiple-choice question is followed by five possible answers: A, B, C, D, or E. You must choose the best answer for each question.Students are given a total of three hours to complete the examination, including the Writing Assignment.
In the Grammar and Usage portion of the English Language Arts section, you will demonstrate your understanding of correct grammar and word use in the English language by identifying errors in a list of sentences that make up a paragraph.
In the Critical Reading portion, your reading comprehension will be assessed. You will answer questions about specific reading passages to show your ability to understand, interpret, and analyze a number of types of writing. You will read six passages of varying lengths. Each is followed by multiple choice questions about it. Every fifth line of each passage is numbered so that you can find the part the question refers to. You are asked to read the passage and answer the
questions based on the content of the passage.
The passages in the Critical Reading section usually reflect a range of writing styles from different time periods. In this sample exam, all of the reading passages are older, allowing us to print them without costly special permissions. Each year, we secure limited permission to reprint more contemporary selections. In an actual exam you would read and answer questions about passages from a wider range of writing styles.
In the Writing Assignment section, you will write either an essay or an autobiographical piece (up to two pages) to demonstrate the originality, effectiveness, and use of detail in your writing. There is scrap paper in the test booklet where you can jot down, outline thoughts, or compose a draft before writing the full assignment.
The Mathematics section tests your problem-solving ability. Students solve a variety of problems, including multi-step ones involving: estimation; computations with fractions, decimals, percents, and whole numbers (not negative numbers); rules of divisibility; simple probability; rate; average; ratio; time; money; area of shaded regions; perimeter; counting; visual and numerical pattern recognition; and three dimensional figures.
We hope that this sample exam gives you an opportunity to prepare for the HCHS entrance exam, to know what kinds of questions to
expect, and to feel your best on test day.
VISITING HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
We do not have a visitation program for prospective students. Those offered admission or placed on the wait list will be invited to Hunter Day on the afternoon of March 5th, 2013, a program introducing parents and students to all aspects of academic and student life at the school. Information about Hunter Day accompanies all letters of admission and offers of places on the wait list.
Students are required to accept or decline their offers of admission within one week of the Hunter Day program.
For a more in-depth look at what HCHS offers in the classroom, there is extensive information about the curriculum available on the HCHS Homepage. See the 2011-2012 Course Catalog, among other options, on that page.