NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Free Practice Questions for the OLSAT Test

Below are some free practice questions for the OLSAT test (Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test). These are just a few of the types of of questions your child will be presented on the OLSAT exam for entrance into the New York City Gifted and Talented Program.

What is the OLSAT test? The OLSAT (the Otis–Lennon School Ability Test) is designed to access your child’s performance across a wide variety of reasoning skill sets. It is an intelligence test that can be given in a group setting, so schools use it frequently to assess children for gifted and talented programs like the one in New York City.  This year, the OLSAT test score accounts for 2/3 of the grade for entrance into the program. For pre-K children the OLSAT test is most often given one-on-one.  For older children, it is administered in small groups with a test proctor.  The pictures on the test are black and white but it’s good to practice with color pictures to keep your child more engaged when preparing for the OLSAT test. You can get more free practice questions on Testing Mom.

The OLSAT assesses both Verbal and Nonverbal skills.  Here is how it breaks down:

  • OLSAT Verbal Comprehension – Following directions, antonyms, sentence arrangement, sentence completion
  • OLSAT Verbal Reasoning – Logical selection, verbal analogies, verbal classification, inference
  • OLSAT Pictorial Reasoning – Picture classification, picture analogies, picture series
  • OLSAT Figural Reasoning – Figural classification, figural analogies, figure series
  • OLSAT Quantitative Reasoning – (for Levels E – G  – grades 4th and above) Number series, numeric inference, number matrix

1) Do you see these 3 rows of boxes with designs inside? In the top row the designs go together in a certain way. In the second row, the designs go together in the same way as the designs in the top row. Now look at the bottom row. Do you see the empty box? Which one of the 4 designs goes with the bottom 2 designs the same way the designs in the top 2 rows go together?

2) Point to the clock that reads 4 hours earlier than 5 o’clock

3) Which of these is the widest?

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