NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

NYC Gifted and Talented Test Results

Well, the countdown has started for the NYC gifted and talented test results! According to the NYC department of web site the test results will be released in April. According to the site the test scores will come out in April and the applications are due by April 19.  This most likely means parents should find out the scores some time in early April.  Since there’s no sibling preference change many parents who already have children in the NYC Gifted and Talented program can breath a sigh of relief since the sibling preference from the past is still in place.

As you know, my daughter is in the gifted and talented program at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in district 2. All I can say is that this program at PS 33 is simply amazing. Our daughter is now in 3rd grade and we have really seen tremendous academic excellence over the years since Kindergarten.  Stay tuned as we all anxiously await OLSAT and NNAT test results.

Also, I’ve heard from several parents who made it through the second round at Hunter Elementary and got accepted to Kindergarten this fall. Congrats to all the parents who made it through this treacherous process and no matter if your child made it into the Hunter or not, I’m sure you’re relieved the entire process is over.

NYC Department of Ed Announces Dates for Gifted and Talented Testing

Mark your calendars everyone. The NYC Department of Ed announces dates for the gifted and talented testing for 2012-2013!  The NYC G&T handbooks still haven’t been released but here’s the timeline:

  • November 9, 2012: Deadline to submit Request for Gifted and Talented Testing forms. Stay tuned for the link to register your talented tot online!
  • October 15 – November 9, 2012:  Community Information Sessions Dates, times, and locations. The exact locations have yet to be announced but historically these take place in all 5 boroughs over the 3 week period.
  • January 7 – February 8, 2013:  Current K-2 Public School Students, G&T assessments administered at school sites
  • January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27;  February 2 & 3, 2013: Current department Pre-K Students and Non-Public School Students, gifted and talented tests administered at school sites
  • April 2013 – Gifted and Talented Score reports and applications with available G&T programs communicated to eligible students
  • April 19, 2013 - G&T school applications due
  • Week of May 20, 2013 – Gifted and Talented Placement offers communicated to families
  • Week of June 3, 2013 – Deadline for families to accept or decline placement offers for their gifted and talented school for city-wide or district-wide schools.

A Mother’s Saga Ends – Her Decision for Gifted and Talented School or Private School

A New York City mother wrote a nice essay about her struggle with the decision to place her daughter into a gifted and talented program here in New York City or an expensive private school.  After much internal debate, the mother decided upon PS 11 in Chelsea to send her daughter next year. The good news is her daughter won’t have to take the OLSAT test or the new and much harder NNAT test next year for admission into the gifted and talented program.

You can read the touching story here:

  • Part 1 of story right after she received the OLSAT test results and before she got the official acceptance letter from the NYC Dept. of Ed.
  •  Part 2 of story after she received the G&T acceptance letter for her first choice at PS 11 in Chelsea.

Bye Bye BSRA – Bracken and Hello NNAT Naglieri for NYC G&T testing

In case you didn’t hear, the NY Times recently reported on the changes for the New York City gifted and talented testing for next year. Our talented tots will now be required to take the NNAT-2 (short for Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test). The NNAT takes 30 minutes to complete the 39 multiple choice questions. The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test consist of:

  • Pattern Completion
  • Reasoning by Analogy
  • Serial Reasoning
  • Spatial Visualization

As you can tell, this will be much more difficult for our 4 year olds to answer correctly versus the questions on the BSRA (Bracken). We’ll see if number of children who qualify for the G&T program next year actually goes down due to this change.

Luckily, sites like have tons of practices questions for NNAT prep.

The New York Times article also mentioned the number of children who qualified for gifted and talented this year. Nearly 5,000 children qualified for gifted and talented kindergarten seats in New York City public schools in the fall, 22 percent more than last year and more than double the number four years ago. Are the kids in New York City just getting smarter or are they all drinking G&T test prep juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

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New York City Parents Still Waiting on OLSAT Test Results

As of March 30, 2012  the NYC department of Ed web site still says the OLSAT test results will be sent to parents in mid-April. The site also indicates that placement decisions for gifted and talented school selection by parents need to be made by Friday, April 20 (which is only 3 short weeks at the time of this writing). Considering New York City schools have spring break starting April 6 and ending on April 15 this doesn’t give parents much time to visit district-wide and city-wide G&T programs in New York City.  I suppose we’ll see how it pans out and if the OLSAT test scores are sent to parents in time to visit schools and make their stress-filled decisions by April 20.  This really seems like it’s cutting it close but I suppose they could always extend the decision process another week to give parents a chance to make a rational decision when it comes to placing their gifted and talented child into a school for the 2012-13 school year here in NYC. If you thought prepping your child for the Otis-Lennon School Abilities test was stressful wait until you have to make a school selection and then the real waiting game begins!

Also, please note that all gifted and talented schools in the 2011-12 school year will have a G&T program next year. So if you are wanting a specific school you may want to research that the school will have a program in 2012-13. Also, some new G&T programs will start next school year that are currently not announced.

It looks like the G&T shuffle is about to begin folks! Make sure you keep up with the OLSAT test prep by practicing 100 questions you can get for free on

Keep me posted on how the school visits go and if there’s any drama. Also, if you can take photos with your phones and send the photos to me to post! Email me at


The Gifted & Talented Are Coming! OLSAT Test Results Announced!
May 2, 2011, 10:38 pm
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Congratulations to all the parents of those children who qualified for the NYC gifted and talented program for this coming school year!  The number of gifted children is way up this year, and the incoming wave of applicants is about to crash down onto the NYC G&T system.
The Wall Street Journal published a story this past Friday reporting a 13% spike in incoming kindergartners taking the OLSAT test this year, as well as a 13% increase in the number of kids who ranked in the 90th percentile or above for the OLSAT and Bracken test scores combined and were accepted in the gifted and talented program. Continue reading

OLSAT test results for NYC Gifted and Talented Placement Arrived!
April 27, 2011, 11:17 pm
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The Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test results arrived early yesterday morning to thousands of anxious parents in NYC at the stroke of midnight! From what I’ve heard, many parents still haven’t heard anything yet. Don’t worry, you’ll still get the OLSAT results via the US postal service by next week!

Also, the web site is hosting a tele-seminar tomorrow night (Thursday, April 27) for their members on the topic of “Demystifying the NYC G&T School Selection Process for Parents.” That’s one you won’t want to miss!

Many parents have asked about reviewing their child’s OLSAT and Bracken test. Here’s the low-down of how to view the tests from the New York City department of education:

The number to call is 718.935.2009. There are 2 wayshe to access it. The first way is online, but that won’t be available until May 2nd. The other way is via mail. Here’s the information they request, and it must be done by May 10th.

Send a letter requesting a copy of the test with the following information to: Division of Accountability Achievement Resources Gifted and Talented Program New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street New York, NY 10007.

 They need the first and last name of the child, current school that they are attending with address and phone number, the date and location of when and where they took the test, and the parent’s full name and address with a work phone number.

The deadline for families to apply to elementary school Gifted & Talented programs is Tuesday, May 10.

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OLSAT Testing Sites Undercover!

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I recently attended an OLSAT and Bracken testing site at PS 282 Park Slope in Brooklyn on a wintry Sunday morning in early Feb. I was able to meet members from (the site with over 600 practice OLSAT and Bracken questions) to see what all the fuss is about as it pertains to these sites that conduct OLSAT testing over the weekend for 4 years olds. I walked into the facility and was then directed to sit patiently in the auditorium as the test proctors slowly emerged one after another to find their children they are testing.   After about 10 minutes of waiting the DOE representative and OLSAT test proctor marched into the auditorium with clipboards in hand to take attendance, check birth certificates/IDs (they are VERY thorough when it comes to identification and ask the child their name to make sure it matches up) and make sure that everyone was accounted for who was ready to take the OLSAT level A or level B – depending on their age. Continue reading

More Pre-K Students Qualify for G&T Programs This Year for NYC Gifted and Talented Program

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According to a recent NY Times article the number of pre-k students who got over 90% on the OLSAT test this year is much higher. According to the article:

” Of the 12,454 in New York City who took the test this winter, 3,542 (or 26 percent) scored at or above the national 90th percentile, up from 3,231 the year before, qualifying them for one of the 70 gifted kindergarten programs spread through the city’s school districts. But the most striking increase occurred in the number of children scoring at or above the national 97th percentile: 1,788, up from 1,345 last year. Those students qualify for one of the five citywide gifted programs, which have only about 300 seats in all, meaning the competition for them this year will be even fiercer.” Continue reading

Receive Email from NYC DOE on Gifted and Talented OSLAT Score Updates

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I received the email below from the NYC DOE on the OLSAT test scores that were mailed out to parents this past Friday, April 16, 2010.  If you’d like to join my free G&T newsletter email me at Thanks – Michael

Here’s the email:

Gifted and Talented Email Update for April 20, 2010 Continue reading


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