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I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Aristotle Circle’s newest book to their collection for the Bracken School Readiness Assessment given for the NYC gifted and talented testing. Overall, this Bracken practice question book is excellent and covers all aspects of the Bracken for the gifted and talented test. The $99 price point for this Bracken practice test may be a little on the high side for some parents on a budget. The quality of the materials is superb and well done. When I examine the cost of private school tuition vs. free NYC G&T program the $99 is small price to pay – at least in my opinion. The Bracken practice set from Aristotle Circle contains 2 workbooks – one for the parent and the other for the child to take the Bracken sample test. It’s very easy to follow and provided good direction for the parent to help the child. I really enjoyed the 4 page overview of the Bracken Assessment that’s at the beginning of the book which provides a thorough understanding of the concepts covered on the Bracken test. I even learned a few things that I didn’t know about the BSRA test! There are scoring tips at the bottom of the page so you can tell if your child is correctly answering the question is great for practice. I have to admit, I did get a kick out of the “answer key” for the parents book – if the parent doesn’t know basic shapes, colors and how to count to 100 they have a much larger issue than trying to get their child into a G&T program.
There are also fun exercises to do with the child at the end of each section to reinforce the concepts on the Bracken. The quality of the printing material is superior and on high quality paper along with high-definition color print. If the $99 price point is within your budget and you can still afford groceries for the week after shelling out the $99 then I’d highly recommend this book to parents who have children taking the Bracken. Shipping is free and Aristotle Circle has extended an offer to readers of this blog 10% off the price by using promo code NYGT at check-out!
Here’s an overview of the Bracken test for those parents who aren’t familiar with it.
The Bracken School Readiness Assessment covers 5 subsets - colors, letters, numbers/counting, size/comparisons, shapes.
Most parents think the Bracken test for New York City gifted and talented program is the “easy” portion of the G&T test for NYC gifted and talented since it covers shapes, numbers, colors, etc. I can tell you that many of these Bracken questions can be anything but easy – especially for a 4 year old taking the Bracken test usually administered by a complete stranger with no redirection of the child if they get distracted.
When some parents get the Bracken test results many are shocked their child did poorly on the Bracken portion (25% of the total score) but aced the OLSAT test (75% of the score). The poor Bracken test results are usually an indication the child hasn’t been exposed to some of the concepts covered on the Bracken test for gifted and talented. I can tell you that most 4 year olds I’ve come across don’t know what these shapes: pyramid, cylinder, sphere or crescent – just to name a few. Parents, don’t forget to expose your child to the concepts on the Bracken School Readiness Assessment for NYC gifted and talented program. Getting a 99% on the Bracken will give your child some wiggle room on the OLSAT portion of the G&T test to make sure they score a 90% or above.
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT test prep, Parents Resources for NYC G&T | Tags: Bracken School Readiness Assessment, BSRA test, ERB test prep, NY magazine myth of gifted child, OLSAT test
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In the recent article titled “The Myth of the Gifted Child”, NY Mag takes jabs at parents for prepping their 4 year olds for entrance exams into kindergarten. The article focuses on both private and public schools with the array of tests used in NYC for 4 year olds: ERB, Stanford-Binet, OLSAT and BSRA (Bracken).
The article begins with a cute, little 4-year old girl wearing intellectually stimulating, designer glasses who is being assessed (code word for prepped) for the ERB test in her home somewhere in NYC (location not disclosed). Of course I used my wild imagination…let’s see could she live on the Upper Eastside or maybe even Upper Westside or who knows, maybe even downtown in Tribeca? (more…)
Filed under: BSRA OLSAT tests, NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT test prep | Tags: Bracken, BSRA test
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT test prep, Parents Resources for NYC G&T | Tags: Bracken test, BSRA test, ERB, OLSAT
If you’d like free OLSAT sample questions or sign-up for my G&T newsletter please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org – Thanks – Michael
On Thursday, January 28th I spoke on an expert panel for Big City Moms seminar:
Demystifying The Kindergarten Process for NYC Parents -The Insiders Guide to NYC gifted and talented and private schools
The event provided an insider’s look of how to successfully navigate through NYC schools – both private and public. I was surrounded by some of the most knowledgeable experts about NYC private and public schools: Roxana Reid and Terri Decker from Smart City Kids. Amy Paskal was also represented on the panel as an expert tutor for children. There were also representatives from FasTrackids in attendance. FasTrackKids just launched a brand new program that provides practice sessions for children taking the OLSAT and BSRA tests. They also offer a variety of other tutoring services that are fun and engaging on both the UES and UWS. Nearly 100 parents attended the seminar and asked engaging questions surrounding the process for NYC gifted and talented program and OLSAT and Bracken testing. After the seminar was over, a line of parents snaked around the room as the expert panel got to spend quality one-on-one time with each parent and to answer their specific questions about the ERB, OLSAT and BSRA tests.
Overall, the event was a huge success and provided a great forum to educate parents on this complex process of effectively navigating through the NYC school system. Thanks to Big City Moms and FasTracKids for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a top-notch event to educate parents in NYC about the gifted and talented program.
Here are a few of the questions I received from parents attendings the session:
Is there a Bracken (BSRA) practice or sample test available?
What languages other than English is the OLSAT administered in?
Does the DOE provide transportation to G&T programs?
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There are many things parents can do themselves for BSRA test prep. There are Bracken practice tests and sample questions available from a variety of sources for parents to work with their child. Make sure your child knows the material on the Bracken like the back of their hand so they can do well on that part of the gifted and talented test.
There’s so much focus on the OLSAT which comprises 75% of the score for the NYC gifted and talented program that many parents overlook the Bracken (BSRA) portion of the test that accounts for the other 25% of the test. Parents are under the impression the BSRA – Bracken School Readiness Assessement is the “easy” test that their child will breeze through before the challenging questions on the OLSAT test. This is somewhat true, but please make sure your child is prepared for the BSRA as much as they are for the OLSAT. The BSRA test compromises information your child most likely knows but needs to be reinforced for testing purposes. Make sure your child knows all numbers from 1 to 100 and all letters – both lower and upper case. For the Bracken your child needs to get every point possible so you’ll have some wiggle room for the OLSAT portion of the test. So parents, please don’t forget the Bracken.
Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA) is an individual cognitive test designed for children, pre-K through second grade. It assesses six basic skills:
- Colors — Student must identify common colors by name.
- Letters — Students must identify upper-case and lower-case letters.
- Numbers | Counting — Student must identify single- and double-digit numerals, and must count objects.
- Sizes — Student must demonstrate knowledge of words used to depict size (e.g., tall, wide, etc.)
- Comparisons — Student must match or differentiate objects based on a specific characteristic.
- Shapes — Student must identify basic shapes by name.