NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

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


OLSAT Testing Survival Guide Now Available
March 26, 2012, 10:20 pm
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The Testing Survival Guide  – get your child prepared for the OLSAT test.
The team at (the site where you can get 100 free practice questions for gifted and talented testing) have created the most awesome guide on that includes 40 practice questions for Otis-Lennon test, BSRA test, CogAT test and more! As you know, the language around testing sounds like a game of scrabble! Tests like the OLSAT, BSRA-Bracken, Cogat Test, GATE testing and the list of these acronyms go on and on. Make sure you get this guide on!

Testing Mom’s Newest OLSAT Test Sensation Pickle the Bird!
March 19, 2012, 3:35 pm
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Are you smarter than a 4 year old? How about Pickle the bird? Find out by watching the cute video below of Pickle the bird answering some tough OLSAT practice questions to get ready for the upcoming gifted and talented test. If you’d like free sample questions just email me at Enjoy the video!

Wall Street Journal Launches Tool to See NYC Teacher Ratings
March 10, 2012, 3:31 pm
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: , , released an interactive tool to see the evaluation of teachers of New York City teachers.  You can find out all the ratings for teachers in 4th grade and above at all the public schools in New York City. There was an uproar from the teacher’s union when the department of ed. decided to release this information to the general public.  These ratings aren’t based upon OLSAT test results but rather standardized tests given to students starting in 4th grade.

Actually, the 2 most popular citywide gifted and talented programs scored lower than one of the most popular district 2 G&T programs at Lower Lab PS 77.

Make sure you also visit to get 50 free sample questions for gifted and talented exam.