NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

What Exactly Is the OLSAT Test? Otis-Lennon School Ability Test
January 21, 2010, 6:17 pm
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The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), published by the successor of Harcourt Assessment — Pearson Education, Inc., a subsidiary of Pearson PLC — is a test of abstract thinking and reasoning ability of children pre-K to 18. The Otis-Lennon is a group-administered (except preschool), multiple choice taken with pencil and paper, measures verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning ability. The test yields verbal and nonverbal scores, from which a total score is derived, called a School Ability Index (SAI). The SAI is a normalized standard score with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 16. With the exception of pre-K, the test is administered in groups.

The test has 21 subtests, organized into five areas, and an equal number of verbal and non-verbal items is included in each area. The five areas are verbal comprehension, verbal reasoning, pictorial reasoning, figural reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.
Preschoolers taking the OLSAT for gifted and talented (G&T) kindergarten programs are more likely to be aware that they are taking a test. For that particular age, the test is given one-on-one. The test is presented in a multiple choice format, and either the child fills in the “bubble” or the tester does it for them.

By contrast, many psychological, intelligence, and school ability tests (or assessments) are administered discreetly by psychologists who discreetly take notes while conducting introspective thinking activities. Under these conditions, the child is often unaware that they are being evaluated.

From Wikipedia

NYC schools aren’t the only schools using the OLSAT test. The test is administered in many school districts around the USA.

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