Bard High School Early College Manhattan

Admission Assessment  

A completed math and writing assessment is required to apply to BHSEC Manhattan, in addition to the NY DoE High School Application. We invite you to take your assessment at our Queens or Manhattan campus.  No matter which location you choose, you can still apply to either school, or better your chances of admittance to a BHSEC program by applying to both!  

About the Assessment 

The BHSEC Assessment was created and developed by the BHSEC faculty and administration to assess applicants writing, thinking, and mathematical skills.

  • There are two parts to the assessment: a math section which assesses the student’s current math level, and an essay writing section based on a selected reading.
  • Applicants are given one and a half hours to complete the entire assessment.
  • There are no test preparation materials for this assessment.

Registering for the Assessment  

You must register before taking the assessment. Online registration will begin TBD. If the applicant attends a public or charter school it is helpful to have the student's OSIS number and the school's DBN number. Students who require special accommodations, should carefully read the "Students Eligible for Special Testing Accommodations" section below.
We try to make it as convenient as possible for you so that if you are applying to both campuses, you only need to take the assessment one timeHowever, if you are invited back for an interview, you will be interviewed at the location where you took the assessment.   Please consult our admissions requirements before signing up for an assessment.

Assessment Schedule  

Note: Dates and times subject to change.

Bard High School Early College Manhattan Assessments
525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Fall 2016 (Click here to register)
Space is extremely limited. Please do not double register.

Saturday, September 17 start times at 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Thursday, October 6 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Tuesday, October 25 at 4:00 pm -5:45 pm
Saturday, October 29 start times at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
NOTE: Students who take the assessment November 2 may not receive their interview status until after the high school application is due.

Special Accommodations Assessment (Fall assessment registeration has passed)
Tuesday, November 8 at 9:00 am  and noon (This date is only for students who require special accommodations.)*

Applicants are given an hour and a half to complete the assessment. The time is calculated from the start time of the assessment, not the time that the student enters the building.   We aim to start all assessments within 10 minutes past the hour. Applicants will not be allowed to sit for the assessment once the assessment begins.

*Students who require special accommodation should read the "Students Eligible for Special Testing Accommodations" below.

Students Eligible for Special Testing Accommodations

Students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or approved 504 Accommodation Plans and English Language Learners (ELLs) are eligible for supports and accommodations on tests.  Students  must complete the online registration form and submit the page of their current IEP and/or approved 504 Plan that includes the complete description of their testing accommodation(s) .  English Language Learners must also complete the online request form and verification of testing accommodations from the guidance counselor  will be required.

For additional information about testing accommodations, visit the Department of Education's website.
Students with disabilities or ELL students who choose to take the assessment on a non-special accommodations day will not be given any special accommodations and will not be allowed to re-test on another day.

For assessments at Bard High School Early College Queens  
30-20 Thomson Ave. (6th Floor), Long Island City, Queens

Please click here for dates at the Queens campus.

What to Bring to the Assessment

Items to bring to the assessment session:
  1. A copy of your final report card from your previous grade. Applicants applying to the 9th grade should bring their final 7th grade report card. Applicants applying to the 10th grade should bring their final 8th grade report card.*

  2. A sharpened # 2 pencil.

  3. A silent non-smart watch to pace yourself. The proctor will provide time cues.

*If your attendance is not included on your report card, please submit an attendance report as well. If your attendance record shows that you were absent or late more than 10 times, you must submit documentation explaining your attendance.

Items that will be provided at assessment session:
  1. A math grading sheet (Scantron sheet)

  2. White lined paper for the essay

  3. A folder which you will place your assessment, answer sheets, and report card. You will turn into the proctor prior to leaving the assessment site.

Items not to be used during the assessment:

  1. Calculators

  2. Any electronic device (cell phone, media player, head phones, camera ect.). Electronic devices must be turned off and be stored out of sight while in the building.