The Hunter College High School admissions exam is taken in January of a student’s 6th grade year and consists of two multiple-choice sections covering English and Math as well as a writing assignment. Students have three hours to complete the exam. It is given once per year, with no make-up dates or rescheduling.
The test contains three sections: 50 multiple-choice English Language Arts questions, a Writing Assignment, and 30 multiple-choice Mathematics questions. Students are given a total of three hours to complete the examination, including the Writing Assignment.
In the Critical Reading portion, students answer questions about specific reading passages to show their ability to understand, interpret, and analyze a number of types of writing. They read six passages of varying lengths. Each is followed by multiple choice questions about it.
In the Writing Assignment section, students write either an essay or an autobiographical piece (up to two pages) to demonstrate the originality, effectiveness, and use of detail in your writing.
The Mathematics section tests students’ 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.
The Bespoke Approach to Preparing for the The Hunter Test
For many students, the Hunter Test is the first high-stakes standardized test they will take and a prelude to tests such as the ACT and the SAT. Doing really well on this test not only assures students entrance into Hunter, but it also imparts skills and confidence that will help them on future high-stakes tests. By taking a diagnostic test at our office, students can see whether they already have the skill set they need to ace the exam. If we find that they can benefit from tutoring, their performance on the practice test allows us to match them with the tutor best suited to addressing their particular strengths and weaknesses.
Some students are not natural standardized test takers, and will perform better after learning strategies specific to standardized tests. Other students have trouble getting through the sections on time, and need help learning how to handle reading passages or how to recognize and save the hardest questions for last. Or they may make careless errors by rushing through the sections, and need help learning how to pace themselves better and double-check their work. Finally, most students will benefit from specific content tutoring to address areas of deficiency in math or verbal skills.
Our tutors are available to work with students one-on-one or in small groups. This individualized attention gives our tutors the freedom to adjust their teaching methods to a variety of learning styles. We focus on students’ areas of weakness, while constantly building on their areas of strength. Students are encouraged to take several practice tests, which allows them to gain confidence through repeated exposure to the test. Feedback from these practice tests helps tutors locate areas where students can still make improvements. Our tutors provide structured study with homework assignments that students complete between sessions. The end result of this mentoring relationship is that students acquire the test-taking skills, strategies, content knowledge, and confidence that will allow them to do their very best on the actual Hunter Test.