Our sixth graders have a myriad of exams to study for: citywide and statewide examinations, Hunter High School Entrance Exam and the Baccalaureate High School Entrance Exam. These examinations necessitate a heightened level of attention to detail, boundless logical ability, essay writing skills second to none, and top-notch interviewing skills. 

This Hunter High School Exam contains three sections: 50 multiple-choice English Language Arts questions, a Writing Assignment, and 30 multiple-choice Mathematics questions.  Each multiple-choice question is followed by five possible answers: A, B, C, D, or E.You must choose the best answer for each question.Students are given a total of three hours to complete the examination, including the Writing Assignment.

In the Critical Reading portion, your reading comprehension will be assessed. You will answer questions about specific reading passages to show your ability to understand, interpret, and analyze a number of types of writing. You will read six passages of varying lengths. Each is followed by multiple choice questions about it. Every fifth line of each passage is numbered so that you can find the part the question refers to.  You are asked to read the passage and answer the questions based on the content of the passage. 

The passages in the Critical Reading section usually reflect a range of writing styles from different time periods. In this sample exam, all of the reading passages are older, allowing us to print them without costly special permissions. Each year, we secure limited permission to reprint more contemporary selections. In an actual exam you would read and answer questions about passages from a wider range of writing styles. 

In the Writing Assignment section, you will write either an essay or an autobiographical piece (up to two pages) to demonstrate the originality, effectiveness, and use of detail in your writing. There is scrap paper in the test booklet where you can jot down, outline thoughts, or compose a draft before writing the full assignment.

The Mathematics section tests your 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. 

Only 250 students are accepted into Hunter High School out of 2,500. To be eligible to even take the examination, the sixth grader must have done exceptionally well on his or her Grade 5 Statewide Exams. In 2014, the cutoff was 343 for math and 346 for ELA. In order to take the exam, a student must have scored higher than BOTH cutoffs with no exceptions. 

At RQM, we prepare our students relentlessly for all of these examinations. We have mock interview sessions and a bevy of proprietary question sets to familiarize our students with the exam. 


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