When I worked in SHSAT test prep, kids of diverse races and socioeconomic backgrounds sought help to get ready for this three-hour test, whose results can have years of impact.
Private-school parents hoped that their sons and daughters would get into a specialized high school so that they could save tens of thousands of dollars on tuition.
Moms and dads with less financial means hoped that acing the SHSAT would rescue their youngsters from going to a sub-par neighborhood school.
They assumed that a better high school education would improve college choices and life success.
There’s a lot of pressure on this one short test.