Test Day, Scoring, and Admission Information

Test Day

If your child's name is misspelled on the admittance ticket, please handwrite the correction on the student's ticket.

If your child falls ill on exam day, please understand, there is only one exam, given on one day. There is no make-up exam for children who are absent on test day, regardless of the reason. Given the significant health consequences of the pandemic, it is critical that your child stay home if unwell. Parents are required to take their child’s temperature the morning of the exam to determine health status and HCCS strongly suggests that families test their child at home with a COVID antigen test before the exam. Children who test positive for COVID-19 may NOT enter the testing site.

Make sure that your child arrives to the testing site on time. Check your ticket for the arrival time for your location.

Parents/Guardians are not permitted to enter the test locations, nor is there an indoor waiting area at any site.

Below is a list of business and cultural institutions that you may wish to visit near the testing locations while you wait for your child.

Hunter College Campus Schools (94th between Park and Madison Avenues)

  • Starbucks Coffee: 96th Street & Madison Avenue, 96th Street & Lexington Avenue, 92nd Street & 3rd Avenue, 87th Street & Lexington Avenue, 85th Street & Lexington Avenue, 84st Street and 3rd Avenue.
  • New York Public Library: 96th Street between Lexington & Park Avenue
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: 85th Street & 5th Avenue, opens at 9:30am (pay what you wish)
  • Guggenheim Museum: 5th Avenue and 89th Street, opens at 10am
  • Restaurants: Along 96th Street, also Lexington and 3rd Avenues
  • Shopping: Along 3rd Avenue, 86th Street corridor

Hunter College West and North Buildings (68th and 69th Streets)

  • Starbucks Coffee: 66th Street & 3rd Avenue, 3rd Avenue between 60th & 61st Street, 69th & 1st Avenue.
  • New York Public Library: 67th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues
  • Restaurants: Along Lexington and 3rd Avenues between 59th & 63rd Streets
  • Shopping: Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue between Hunter College and 53rd Street
  • Central Park Zoo: 64th Street & 5th Avenue, opens at 10:00am, several indoor exhibits

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (3rd Avenue @ E. 119th Street)

  • East River Plaza Shopping Mall (517 E. 117th Street):
    • Target with Starbucks Coffee
    • Applebee's Bar & Grill
    • Aldi's
    • Burlington
    • Marshalls
    • Costco
  • Coffee: Super Nice Coffee and Bakery by Danny Macaroons (156 E 117th St, New York, NY 10035)
  • Subway: 116th Street & Lexington Avenue (#6)

Medgar Evers College (1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn)

  • Koala Café (905A Franklin Ave)
  • Dunkin’(1671 Bedford Ave)

Bronx Community College (2155 University Avenue, Bronx)

  • Dunkin’ (26 West Burnside Ave)
  • Madison Café (126 East Burnside Ave)

York College (94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica Queens)

  • Dunkin’ (162-25 Liberty Ave)
  • McDonalds (159-01 Jamaica Ave)

Parents/Guardians are not permitted to enter the pick-up areas without their ticket and are not permitted into the pick-up areas before the times indicated on the ticket.

PLEASE NOTE ARRIVAL AND PICK-UP TIMES VARY FROM SITE TO SITE.

Follow the instructions from YOUR child's admittance ticket only.

After the Test: Scoring and Admission

After the exam we will record the attendance. Once complete, our system will send an email to the parent email on record confirming attendance to all those present for the exam. Please wait until June 10th before calling the Office of Admissions to inquire about this letter.

The multiple-choice sections of the test will be computer-scored and hand-checked for accuracy. A select number of test takers with the top scores on the multiple-choice sections of the exam will have their Writing Assignments read and scored by a panel of evaluators. Approximately 175 students who write the most impressive essays will be offered admission to the HCHS Class of 2028. A limited number of students will be offered places on the wait list and will be notified.

The HCHS Entrance Exam is used solely to evaluate potential candidates for admission to Hunter College High School; the exam is used for no other purpose. Thus, HCHS Entrance Exam scores will NOT be released to any student or family, nor will a student or family have access to that information if the child enrolls at HCHS. Families will not be informed if their child advanced to the essay-reading round. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

We will email decision letters in late-June. Please check your inbox and SPAM folders. We ask that you not call, email, or come to our office to inquire about when you will receive a response. All responses will go out at the same time, and we will post on our website (www.hunterschools.org/hsadmissions) when they have been sent.

If you have not received a decision letter by Thursday, June 30th, you may email HCHSAdmit@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu to inquire about your child’s status. The email inquiry must include your child's full name and application ID number.

Those who are offered admission will receive an electronic "reply" form. Please make sure to check your email (and SPAM) so that you do not miss being informed of the outcome of your child's exam.

We will not respond to inquiries or requests to review admissions decisions.

HCHS will not rescore exams, reread essays, or reconsider admissions decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What will my child need in order to enter the testing site?

A: Students are required to have a printed (hard copy) of the student admittance ticket to enter their testing site. Parents/Guardians are required to have a parent/guardian ticket to enter their child’s pick-up location. Both tickets should be printed and kept in a safe place until the day of the exam; no one will be admitted without a printed (hard copy) ticket.

Q: Where do students go on the morning of the exam?

A: Students must report to the specific building and check-in location as indicated on their ticket. The printed admittance ticket MUST be displayed in order to enter the testing site. Students WILL NOT be allowed to show a copy of the admittance ticket on an electronic device since tickets will be collected in the testing room. Guides will direct students to their assigned test rooms. Parents/Guardians are not permitted to enter testing sites or go with their children to the test rooms.

Q: Where are the check-in locations? What time should I be there?

A: Check-in test sites are as follows: (Guides and Public Safety officers will be available at all test sites.)

  • West Building, Hunter College: enter at 68th St and Lexington Avenue
  • North Building, Hunter College: enter on 69th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
  • Hunter College Campus Schools: enter on 94th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
  • Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College: enter on 3rd Avenue (between E. 119th and E. 118th Streets)
  • Medgar Evers College-MEC Academic Building #1 (1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn)
  • Bronx Community College-BCC (200 Hall of Fame Terrace, Bronx)
  • York College: enter on 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens

Parents/Guardians check in times are different at each location. Please carefully read the check in time on your child’s admittance ticket!

Q: What COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place during the exam?

A: All test takers must comply with CUNY health and safety protocols regarding COVID as follows:

  • Parent/Guardians are required to take their child’s temperature and monitor for any COVID symptoms before arriving at the test site. HCCS highly recommends that families use a home test before reporting to the test site.
  • CUNY campuses are mask optional, but HCCS welcomes and encourages test takers to wear a well-fitting mask. Extra masks will be available at each test site should a student want one.
  • No food may be consumed in the test rooms; a water bottle is permitted.

Q: What should students bring to the exam?

A: Students must bring a hard copy of their admittance ticket in order to enter the testing site. Students must bring two number 2 pencils with erasers and 2 black or blue ink pens to the exam. Students with cell phones will not have access to phones during the exam so as to avoid disruptions during testing. Calculators and any electronic device with internet access ARE NOT permitted. Students should dress in layers that can be removed or added since the temperature in the rooms may vary.

Q: May students bring snacks or drinks to the test rooms?

A: Students may bring a bottle of water. HCHS volunteers are available as escorts to the bathroom.

Q: Where do parents wait for their child during the exam?

A: Unfortunately, parents are not permitted to enter the test site or wait on campus during the exam. You will leave your child at the test location and return later to pick-up your child at dismissal. Waiting areas and parking are not available. Please see above for some recommended places to wait during the exam. Make sure your child has a number to reach you in case s/he becomes ill during the exam.

You will pick up your child at the location listed on the Parent/Guardian Ticket at the time designated. Different sites will begin at different times to ensure an orderly dismissal. You will not be allowed to enter the pick-up location before the time noted on your ticket.

Q: May the student go home alone or with someone other than parent/guardian?

A: No; parents/guardians (or an adult designee) must pick up their children at the end of the exam. At the end of the exam, students are dismissed at the designated pick-up locations. Please make sure that your child has a number where you can be reached if you are delayed, or if s/he becomes ill during the exam. The name of an adult designee responsible for pick-up may be handwritten in place of the parent/guardian name.

Q: When will parents know the result of the exam?

A: Results will be sent to families in late-June via email. Please do not call the Admissions Office to inquire about your child's exam score.

If your child is one of the students offered a place in the entering HCHS Class of 2028, you will receive enrollment forms and information on course scheduling.

Q: How is the exam scored and how are children admitted?

A: The multiple-choice sections of the test will be computer-scored and hand-checked for accuracy. A select number of test takers with the top scores on the multiple-choice sections of the exam will have their Writing Assignments read and scored by a panel of evaluators. Approximately 175 students who write the most impressive essays will be offered admission to the HCHS Class of 2028. A limited number of students will be offered places on the wait list and will be notified.

Children who are admitted to HCHS will not receive their scores from the entrance exam and will not have access to that information during their time at HCHS.