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Hunter High School Entrance Exam
The Hunter Kindergarten Test is a standardized test used by the Hunter College Elementary School to select its incoming kindergarten class. Only Manhattan residents can attend Hunter Elementary.
Click here for more information on the Hunter Kindergarten Entrance Exam.
WE HELP YOU DECIDE
IS HUNTER FOR MY CHILD?
The first step along the Hunter admissions path is deciding if it is in fact a worthwhile investment. We explain what the test is screening for, what it takes to succeed, and what alternatives exist, guiding families toward selecting the ideal path to suit their specific goals.
WHEN TO START PREP
Ideally, students have 3-5 months of consistent prep leading up to the Hunter test. Since the test can only be taken once, we are very careful to pace our prep program properly, ensuring that students neither burn out nor peak too early.
HOW TO SEQUENCE THE PREP
The first goal is to help the student feel comfortable in a one-on-one setting. Once they’re familiar with experience of being prompted to answer questions verbally and complete various tasks, we work to build sustainable listening, concentration, and expression skills. Sessions are scheduled to allow ample time for the student to master the test’s five main content areas. All of these elements come together during periodic test simulations, which allow the tutor to gauge where a student is at and calibrate their ongoing lessons accordingly.
Our tutors are prepared to shape the Hunter prep process to fit each young student’s unique learning style and personality. Each program is highly personalized, and our 30+ years of experience have equipped us to lead young learners toward enthusiastically showcasing their best abilities on test day.
We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, seeking to not only endow students with the skills required to succeed in school but also foster a genuine love of learning and impart a balanced perspective on academics. We make sure test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life, not the other way around.
As the prep process proceeds, our eyes remain fixed on maximizing a student’s performance. However, there are a variety of test-taking skills and perspectives which will follow students beyond the day of the test. Our esteemed EF program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving great results.
FACTS ABOUT THE HUNTER KG TEST
When and where can my child take the Hunter Kindergarten Test?
Families may register their children for the Hunter Kindergarten Test during the fall of their pre-K year. Once an application is submitted, a family has three weeks to schedule an appointment with a Hunter-approved tester. The testers are licensed child psychologists who usually administer the exam out of their private offices. The deadline to apply for 2020 entrance is November 1, 2019, and test results will be released in early December. If your child gets a high enough score, he/she will be invited to participate in a mock classroom evaluation, which takes place at Hunter in mid-January. At this stage, parents and teachers may be asked to provide supplementary information. Admissions decisions are typically released in early February every year, with 25 boys and 25 girls receiving acceptances. 24 runners-up are placed on an unranked waitlist.
What is the test like?
The Hunter Kindergarten Test is a modified version of the Stanford-Binet V, a widely used intelligence test. The test measures aptitude in five key areas:
How do I register?
Visit Hunter College Elementary School’s admissions portal.
How is the test scored?
According to Hunter’s website, “The SBV test is scored according to a child’s age at the time of testing.” Percentiles are scaled within separate, two-month age brackets due to the significant developmental leaps that can take place in early childhood. Therefore, an applicant with a January birthday holds no theoretical advantage over one with a December birthday. We advise families to consult with us on the optimal time to schedule their child’s test.
Click here to visit the official Hunter Kindergarten admissions page