Admissions Procedure

Required Entrance Exam

The High School for Math, Science and Engineering (HSMSE) at The City College of New York is one of eight highly selective public high schools established and run by the New York City Department of Education to serve the needs of academically gifted students. The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, The High School for American Studies at Lehman College, The Queens High School for The Sciences at York College, The Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, The Brooklyn Latin School, Staten Island Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School award admissions to those students who earn the highest scores on the written entrance exam, the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

Test Scores and Results

The New York City Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is offered to all eighth and ninth grade students residing within the five boroughs of New York City who wish to attend one of the eight specialized high schools. The same examination is given for all eight schools, and students who qualify may attend the school of their choice. The qualifying score depends upon the number of seats available and the scores of all the candidates. The tests are graded and arranged in order of rank, from the highest score to the lowest score. Each school has a number of freshman and sophomore seats to fill. Seats are filled starting with the highest test scores.

Students who miss the cutoff of their first-choice school may be assigned to their second-choice school if their score is above the cutoff for that school. This procedure continues until all seats in all eight schools have been filled.

It is required that students take the exam at the designated school in their borough. Applications for the exam and information about the eight specialized high schools are available at all New York City schools serving eighth and ninth graders. The SHSAT is administered late in October of each year. Students are notified of their acceptance into one of the specialized high schools the following March.

The SHSAT Has Changed!

Please see the link below for information pertaining to the newly redesigned test which will be given beginning in the fall of 2017.

Redesigned SHSAT FAQs

Test Dates

All current 8th grade students:  Saturday, October 22, 2016 / Sunday, October 23, 2016

All current 9th grade students, 8th and 9th grade students who are English Language Learners or students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plans, and make-up test requests :   Sunday, October 30, 2016 / Saturday, November 5, 2016

Students new to New York City :  End of summer 2017   (Records must show that student arrived in NYC after the November 2016 test)

If you missed our Open House for 2016-17, please see the links below for more information about HSMSE.

The only tours of HSMSE are offered during the FALL Open House.  We are sorry if you missed the event, but we do not offer any tours of HSMSE at this time and we do not offer a spring open house.  

Please view our slideshow for an inside look at HSMSE and Baskerville Hall!





As we transition our new Parent Coordinator for the 2017-2018 school year, please forward your questions and concerns to and the summer administration will review the emails once a week for responses.

For incoming Freshman Parents please review the school website for FAQ and send emails to with the subject Heading “Freshman Parent Questions – (Insert Name of Student)”.

If you have other questions about MSE or upcoming MSE events, view the website home page or call  212-281-6490, ext 5200.

If you have questions about the high school admissions process, visit or call 718-935-2399.

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