The city's Education Department is taking new measures to help black and Hispanic students get a spot at a specialized high school. 

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced new measures to boost diversity at eight of the city's nine specialized schools.

Her plan aims to get more black and Latino students to take the admissions exam.

Fariña says more test prep will also be provided during after school programs and the exam will now be offered on a school day.

Students we spoke with outside of Brooklyn Tech say they welcome the changes. 

"I think it's a very good idea. But on the other hand, the way like African-American and Latino kids work, they don't have the mindset to wanna come to a school like this. They think that it's just too hard for them to get into. So I don't know, we'll see what happens," said one city student.

"I feel like if there's more diversity you're open to new perspectives and what other people have to say," said another city student.

Education officials say only 11 percent of students enrolled at specialized schools are Black or Latino, compared to 68 percent citywide. 

They also say 22 percent of black and Latino eighth graders took the exam as opposed to 52 percent who were either white or Asian. 

The changes will take effect this summer, months before the admissions test in October.