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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 TestingMom.com (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. The staff was professional and overall the experience seemed very organized. I didn’t see any stressed out parents drilling their children with analogies, matrix or math reasoning questions which was refreshing since I’ve heard of that happening at other testing sites in Manhattan! The crowd was small and there were plenty of seats for all parents who were there along with their children. I was able to briefly speak to the test proctor who said the child she tested was “quite focused” – which I assume was a good sign; especially when it comes to the 128 questions from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test they shower upon a 4 year old who is vying for a coveted seat in the NYC gifted and talented program. Last year alone, over 1,900 kindergarten students qualified for the city-wide gifted and talented program (97+ OLSAT score needed) for about 250 available seats in the city-wide program for kindergarten. When the OLSAT test results come out in May it’ll be interesting to see how many gifted and talented children as defined by the Dept. of Ed. reside in NYC!
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