Sunday, January 20, 2019

HSPT and TACHS Scholarship Results 2019

Below is a summary of the results of 35 students who John Zaborskis consistently tutored and who took the TACHS and/or HSPT. They will enter high school in September 2019. Most prep was in group lessons but some was individual. They earned over $1,318,594 in academic scholarships to high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.
  • Regis High School, Manhattan
    • four students passed the rigorous Regis exam. A full four-year scholarship/acceptance is valued at over $22,401/year = more than $89,604 over four years each
  • Xavier High School, Manhattan
    • one scholarship of $46,000 in total over four years 
    • one half scholarship of over $9,712 per year = more than $38,848 over four years
    • one Presidential scholarship worth $31,000 in total over four year 
    • one quarter scholarship valued at $19,424 over four years
  • Marymount School of New York, Manhattan
    • one approximately half scholarship of $80,000
  • St. Ignatius Loyola High School, Manhattan
    • one half scholarship of $20,488/year = more than $81,950 over 4 years
  • Xaverian High School, Brooklyn 
    • one full four-year scholarship = $15,900/year = more than $63,600 over four years
    • one three-quarter scholarship = $11,925/year = more than $47,700 over four years
    • four half scholarships = $7,950/year = more than $31,800 over four years each 
    • two quarter scholarships = $3,975/year = more than $15,900 over four years each
  • Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn
    • one quarter scholarship ~ $4,000/year = more than $16,000 over four years
  • St. Edmund's Preparatory High School, Brooklyn
    • one scholarship ~ $2,000/year = more than $8,000 over four years
  •  Staten Island Academy, Staten Island
    • one approximately three-quarter scholarship of 28,000 per year = more than $112,00 over four years
  •  St. Joseph by the Sea High School, Staten Island
    • one full four-year scholarships = $8,435/year = more than $33,740 over four years
    • one scholarship of $3,000/year =  $12,000 over four years
    • one quarter scholarship ~ $2,109/year = more than $8,435 over four year
  • St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island
    • two full four-year scholarships = $8,750/year = more than $35,000 over four years
    • one half scholarship = $4,375/year = more than $17,500 over four years
  • Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island
    • one half scholarship = $4,850/year = more than $19,400 over four year
  • Monsignor Farrell High School, Staten Island
    • one half scholarship ~ $4,203/year = more than $16,810 over four years each
  • St. Peter's Boys High School, Staten Island
    • one half scholarship = $4,240/year = more than $16,960 over four years each
  • Moore Catholic High School, Staten Island
    • one full four-year scholarships = $8,251/year = more than $33,004 over four years
  • St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, New Jersey
    • one scholarship ~ $3,000/year = more than $12,000 over four years
A 2.5% increase over the previous year's tuition was assumed if a more recent, accurate price could not be found on a site like TACHSinfo.com. If anyone has more accurate numbers for tutiton, please let us know and we will update them.

This is a sum of over 1.3 million dollars in academic scholarships. Most students made all three high schools on the TACHS and were accepted to at least their first choice. Many were accepted to the Honors and/or Scholars programs to schools such as Convent of the Sacred Heart, Christian Brother's Academy, and many of the schools above.

The average award from all 35 students was over $37,674 in scholarships over four years. If a student received a scholarship, his or her average was $50,725. The median of those students was $73,255.
18 out of the 35 students earned a scholarship, 17 of which earned more than $10,000. This is about half of students John Zaborskis tutored.
13 students earned at least $25,000 in combined scholarships. This is slightly more than 1 out of every 3 students.
10 students earned at least $50,000 in combined scholarships. This is 2 out of every 7 students.
4 of those students earned at least $100,000 in combined scholarships. This is 1 out of every 9 students.

Over the past 3 years, John Zaborskis has helped students earn over 4 million in scholarships. See our past TACHS and HSPT results since 2016 here: TACHS and HSPT Scholarship Results
2016 Results - $430,000 in scholarships
2017 Results - $1.4 million in scholarships
2018 Results - $1.4 million in scholarships

Preparation for the rigorous high school entrance exams in New York such as the Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools and High School Placement Tests has already begun. Contact me to talk about how we can get the best results from your student. Sixth and seventh grade is a great time to start, not only because of the impending high school entrance exams but also because grades in school in 7th grade matter heavily for entrance into most high schools. Most topics in Algebra, Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Calculus rely on concepts learned/mastered around 7th and 8th grade.


Check out what some of the parents and students have said: Google Business Reviews and Reviews

John Zaborskis also teaches a summer TACHS course at St. Joseph - St. Thomas in Staten Island.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

HSPT, SHSAT, and TACHS Comparison

Most eighth graders will take at least one of the HSPT, SHSAT, and TACHS high school entrance exams in the fall. Many parents wonder which tests to take and prepare for in seventh grade. The goal of this post is to help you decide which are right for your student. Many students in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan prepare for all three tests, and some even for the ISEE and/or SSAT. Fortunately, recent changes have resulted in material overlap across the exams and this shift makes preparation for all exams more feasible.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the process of choosing a high school. It may be wise to take all exams and choose the best school and/or the one that offers your student the largest scholarship. (Our results 2018, results 2017, results 2016) A student may have their heart set on a school, but a lot can change in the time between taking the tests in October/November and receiving all results by March.

The Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is for admission into elite specialized high schools of NYC like Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Staten Island Technical High School, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, and Queens High School for the Sciences at York College. More info: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/specialized-high-schools

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the entrance exam for Regis High School. It is also the scholarship test for Xavier High School (Manhattan), Xaverian High School (Brooklyn), and Christian Brother's Academy (New Jersey). Competitive schools such as St. Joseph Hill Academy and Notre Dame Academy in Staten Island offer scholarship exams with similar difficulty.

The Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools (TACHS) is the entrance and scholarship exam for most Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of New York, such as Monsignor Farrell, St. Joseph by-the-Sea, St. Peter's, St. Edmund Preparatory High School, St. Vincent Ferrer, La Salle Academy, Dominican Academy, and many more. A complete list, open house dates, and tuition can be found here: http://tachsinfo.com/openhouse.aspx

Comparison of admissions, formatting, material, and dates for the SHSAT, HSPT, and TACHS

Reading comprehension is on all tests and is arguably the most important skill to master. Reading comprehension helps in math word problems and most other sections. There are no essays on any of these exams. All exams are composed of multiple choice questions with the exception of 5-7 math questions on the SHSAT. Math is the next most tested topic, although the difficulty varies by exam. Editing/Revising is the only other skill that appears on all three exams. It is most important for the TACHS and least important for the HSPT.

SHSAT Format
3 hours for the entire test. The student can answer questions in whatever order they like and go back to the previous section. This is only allowed on the SHSAT and no other exam. There are no breaks between sections. The SHSAT underwent many changes in 2017, including adding editing/revising questions. They also added a poetry passage and fiction passage to the reading comprehension section in 2018.
  • Editing/Revising 9-11 questions
  • Reading Comprehension: 46-48 questions, including poetry
  • Math, Fill-ins: 5-7 questions - no multiple choices given for these
  • Math, Multiple Choice: 50-52 questions
HSPT Format
Approximately 2.5 hours for the entire test. The student cannot go back to the previous section. There are small breaks after each section. Finishing each section in time is a very challenging aspect of the HSPT.
  • Verbal: 60 questions in 16 minutes
  • Quantitative: 52 questions in 30 minutes
  • Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary: 62 questions in 25 minutes
  • Math: 64 questions in 45 minutes
  • Grammar: 60 questions in 24 minutes
TACHS Format
The TACHS also underwent changes in 2017 to reflect common core standards. Approximately 2.5 hours for the entire test. The student cannot go back to the previous section. There are small breaks after each section. They keep timing and exact format more proprietary but the following is an approximate format and how most of our TACHS practice tests are proctored.
  • Reading Comprehension: 50 questions in 40 minutes minutes
  • Written Expression (Grammar and Editing/Revising): 50 questions in 40 minutes
  • Math: 50 questions in 40 minutes
  • Abilities: 50 questions in 32 minutes
For the results of practice tests. we breakdown the scores for each type of question so we can focus on the areas where a student is having the most trouble.

Amount of each type of question on the SHSAT, HSPT, and TACHS
If your student is hoping to be admitted to the best high schools in New York, they will likely take the HSPT and/or SHSAT. The SHSAT is most likely the toughest exam your student will have seen in their academic career to date. It compares in difficulty to the SAT (college entrance exam). The math and reading comprehension sections are the toughest on any test, but students are given ample time per question. The HSPT has almost 3 times as many questions as the SHSAT in less time, so success is much more dependent upon speed. For example, the first section on the HSPT gives 16 minutes to complete 60 questions. Most students do not finish their first HSPT practice test in time. Fortunately, the HSPT math is less multi-step and slightly easier than the SHSAT material; however, it is still difficult for an 8th grader. The HSPT has vocabulary and more English Language Arts questions than the SHSAT. For students who are prepared for the SHSAT, the toughest parts of the HSPT are the grammar and vocabulary questions.

Groups of students preparing for both the HSPT and SHSAT are common since the difficulty of the material overlaps considerably. Students who are prepared for these tests are generally prepared for anything. For students who also want to take the TACHS, Abilities is the only section that needs additional preparation.
Students will take multiple SHSAT, HSPT, and TACHS practice tests over the course of 10 months.

All students hoping to be admitted to a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of New York must take the TACHS. The TACHS covers similar material to the HSPT, but it is generally more straightforward. It gives more time per question than the HSPT. The HSPT has stand alone vocabulary, logic, analogies, synonym/antonyms, and spelling questions. The TACHS doesn't have these, but it has a unique abilities section that tests spatial skills. In the HSPT grammar section, the student is looking for all mistakes (punctuation, capitalization, and usage) at the same time, which makes it significantly tougher. For the TACHS, the directions alert the student which to look for. The sentences are longer on the HSPT than the ones on the TACHS. The HSPT reading comprehension has longer sections than the TACHS and has 22 vocabulary questions directly after it in the same section.

Another common combination of preparation is HSPT and TACHS for students that have decided they want to go to a Catholic high school. For this, we primarily prepare for HSPT and add abilities. Students will take multiple HSPT and TACHS practice tests over the course of 10 months.

All students preparing with us take an initial practice exam in order to identify the best course of action, establish a baseline to compare to future exams, and potentially schedule similar students with similar goals in groups. The first practice test to begin preparing for the fall exams is usually offered in December or January of 7th grade. Some ambitious students opt to start in 5th or 6th grade. Preparing over the school year will reinforce the material to better incorporate it into their long term thinking and increase their grades, which are also important for high school entrance.

Whichever tests you decide, group or individual preparation is designed around what each student needs in order to maximize their results, learn as much as possible, and hopefully have fun. Tutors can help prepare your student for any combination of exams, including the SSAT and ISEE. Contact me for more info or to sign up for a practice exam.

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