NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

A Father Struggles with OLSAT Test Prep for his 4 Year Old Son
August 24, 2010, 10:44 pm
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I was reading a post from another dad blogger here in NYC going through the internal debate as to whether he should or shouldn’t prep his son for the upcoming OLSAT and Bracken School Readiness tests coming up this coming school year. I thought he did a great job explaining his own internal dilema of “should he” or “shouldn’t he” at least expose his son to the concepts that are on the gifted and talented tests for New York City.

Here’s an excerpt from his post:

“So, I’ve decided to just give him a taste every now and then (MODERATION), with what materials are available for all parents in NYC, just so he knows what to expect when he does take these tests. The other day we went through that OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) Practice Test. I told him that this was coming sometime in the future, and to just do his best. As we went over it, I was thinking how crazy it must be for those parents who don’t use these materials out there or aren’t aware of them, and how hard it must be for those children who just take these tests cold turkey. It’s just not right”  Read the entire post.

Wall Street Journal Article – OLSAT Test Prep for Play Dates?

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The recent Wall Street Journal article focused on the local level for NYC on test prepping 3 – 4 year olds for private school. This type of technique could also be considered for NYC gifted and talented for the OLSAT test and Bracken.

It seems test prepping your child is now being marketed as prepping for play dates! How about – OLSAT patty-cake…Bracken building blocks…ERB-ingo…the possibilities are endless!

As I mentioned in a previous post there’s actually a brand new board game from Karen Quinn called IQ Fun Park to bring to your play dates or play it yourself with your child. I’d highly recommend Karen Quinn’s new game – my daughter loves it!

The WSJ article features local establishments like Bright Kids NYC owned by Bige Doruk and Aristotle Circle.

From the WSJ article – Prepping for the Playdate Test:
“Like most things in New York, the sessions don’t come cheap. Aristotle Circle charges $400 for a 45-minute observation and assessment. Bright Kids NYC, a similar company started last year by Bige Doruk, a mother of three, charges between $175 to $275 for sessions lasting between 45 and 75 minutes.”

OLSAT, ERB, WPSII – IQ Fun Park Game by Karen Quinn – OLSAT Test, ERB, WPPSI, Bracken and More
August 15, 2010, 9:22 am
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Testing Mom, Karen Quinn, recently sent me a preview of her new game called IQ Fun Park! All I can say is that it is simply amazing and our daughter absolutely loved playing the game. It really beats the OLSAT test prep workbooks that are on the market for hundreds of dollars and are a chore to complete for both child and parent!

This test-prep game allowed us to interact with our daughter and ask the questions as they related to the game. This is BY FAR the best product I’ve seen on the market today that covers ALL the major tests – ERB, WPSI, OLSAT, Bracken, Standford-Binet 5. The cards are colored coded for difficulty level and also give indications of which test the questions are geared toward.

Buying workbooks and manuals for the ERB test, WPSI test, OLSAT test , Bracken test and Standford-Binet 5 test would cost you well over $1,000! Readers of my blog are going to receive a very special introductory price for this game once it’s available in the weeks ahead. All I can say is that it will be worth every penny. Your child will be BEGGING to play to practice for a test! No more arm twisting and bribing to get your child ready for testing!

IQ Fun Park Game - for OLSAT test, ERB, Standford-Binet, and WPPSI

Welcome Letter from P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep Principal Linore Lindy
August 11, 2010, 10:19 pm
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Below is the welcome letter we received from Chelsea Prep principal Linore Lindy to outline all the amazing activities planned for this coming school year. This is not only for the G&T program at Chelsea Prep but also for the general ed portion of P.S. 33. We’re looking forward to our second year at Chelsea Prep and our daughter being in the NYC gifted and talented program at P.S. 33.

P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep Welcome Letter from Linore Linday for 2010-11 School Year

Diversity Debate for Gifted and Talented Program in NYC Hunter College HS
August 8, 2010, 1:35 pm
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It looks like the controversy over gifted and talented testing even goes beyond the kindergarten through 2nd grade testing done in NYC for a spot in the coveted gifted and talented programs across the city. Hunter College High School was recently featured in a NY Times article about how getting into Hunter College High School gifted and talented program has reduced blacks and Hispanics acceptance into this program to an all time low. The graduation address speech given by Justin Hudson where he addressed this issue and according the article he received a standing ovation by half of the students and faculty attending the graduation. Continue reading