"Just like thousands of other students across New York City, I spent the fall of my eighth grade year preparing for the Specialized High School Admissions Test.
"The test score determines whether a student is admitted to one of eight specialized high schools. Students prepare for this test in various ways; I chose to use a thick purple study guide that was filled with tips and practice tests.
When test day finally arrived, I gathered an abundance of pencils and headed downtown on the No. 4 train to Stuyvesant High School with my family. My anxiety began to build..."
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