NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Free Test Prep Questions for the CogAT
June 25, 2012, 9:48 pm
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Although New York City doesn’t use the CogAT test it’s interesting to note the similarities of the CogAT and the NNAT-2 and OLSAT which are both given for the NYC gifted and talented program admissions

CogAT® – Cognitive Abilities Test

  •  What is the CogAT test? The CogAT test is an exam that measures your child’s reasoning abilities. It is used by many public school districts to screen children for gifted and talented programs; some private schools also use the exam in the admissions process. Rather than test your child’s achievement or intelligence, the CogAT tests your child’s reasoning abilities, specifically in the areas of spatial (non-verbal), verbal, and quantitative reasoning. At TestingMom.com, you can find thousands of practice questions for the CogAT. These questions can also be used to help prepare your child for the NNAT-2.

Here are some other commonly asked questions about the CogAT exam:

  • What is the best way to prepare for the CogAT? We recommend that you spend as much time as possible practicing with your child. While every child’s schedule is different, it’s important to fit test preparation into your daily schedule so that your child goes into the test feeling comfortable.
  • Does the CogAT measure achievement? Many standardized tests measure your child’s intelligence or his achievement. By contrast, the CogAT measures your child’s ability to reason, especially in the areas of spatial, mathematical, and verbal.
  • What is the difference between the CogAT Form 6 and the CogAT Form 7? The CogAT Form 7 – the newest version – is different from the Form 6 in several respects. First and foremost, the picture analogy and picture classification sections for K through 2nd grade will be completely visual-oriented, meaning that a teacher or other person won’t have to read the questions to your child. The only section of the test that will still require a question to be read aloud is the sentence completion subsection.

Free Test Prep Questions for the CogAT from our friends at TestingMom.com! The site with 100 free practice questions!

1. Kindergarten and First Grade Test Prep Question for CogAT Test

Point to nine ice cream cones.

2. Second Grade Test Practice Question for CogAT Form 6 and Form 7

Point to the picture that that does not show a root vegetable.

3. Third Grade CogAT Test Practice Questions

  1. 5 + 5 – 4
  2. 6 + 6 – 5

A. I is less than II.
B. II is less than I.
C. I and II are equal.

4. Fourth Grade Test Prep Question for CogAT

Arrange the numbers and signs below to come up with an equation that will give you a solution that is one of the answer choices.  Circle the answer to the equation you built. 

5              12           16           +             +

 

A. 30                      B. 31                      C. 32                      D. 33                      E. 34

5. Fifth and Sixth Grade CogAT Test Prep Questions

Do you see these 4 boxes?  In the top row the pictures go together in a certain way.  Now look at the bottom row.  Do you see the empty box?  Which of the 4 pictures on the side goes with the picture in the bottom box the same way the 2 pictures in the top row go together?


Answers

  1. 4
  2. 2
  3. A
  4. D 16+5+12=33
  5.  3

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PS 33 Chelsea Prep Reviews from the 2011-2012 School Year

As the 2011-2012 school year ends it’s time to do a few blog posts over the next few days. You’ll be reading PS 33 Chelsea Prep reviews from the 2011-2012 school year! My daughter just finished 2nd grade at the G&T program at PS 33 in NYC in District 2 and it’s been quite another year of two thumbs up from both my wife and me!  PS 33 is now one of the high-demand Gifted and Talented programs in NYC.  Kudos to Principal Linore Lindy at P.S. 33 as she added more gifted and talented classes that now goes up through 3rd grade! Next year the program expands to fourth grade and the demand will for sure grow. Although, keep in mind with the changes to the test from the BSRA to the NNAT the number of students qualifying for the program will for sure drop due to the difficulty of the NNAT test compared to the BSRA (Bracken School Readiness Assessment).

This year PS 33 offered tap lessons from a former Broadway performer! It’s just another one of the amazing examples of the great program at this school not only for academics but also for extracurricular activities.

 



NNAT-2 Practice Questions for the Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test

As you know by now the NYC Dept. of Ed.  is changing the test for 2012-2013 for admission into the NYC gifted and talented program for children pre-K to 2nd grade. The NNAT-2 Naglieri is a nonverbal test that measures children’s problem solving abilities. The test is nonverbal, which means that children who don’t speak English as a first language aren’t at a disadvantage, since the test primarily uses drawings and shapes. If you need additional practice questions, the CoGAT, OLSAT, Stanford-Binet and WPPSI are all similar to the NNAT-2. You can find those at TestingMom.com.

Part of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test consists of:

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

The practice questions below should give you a good idea of what to expect on the NNAT-2. These questions will also be helpful in preparing for other tests that are similar to the NNAT-2.

  • The sample test questions below are from Testing Mom! 

Questions 1 to 4: Say to your child:  “Look at the pictures in the top two boxes.  Do you see how they go together in a certain way?  Now look at the picture in the bottom row.  [Then point to the answers along the side.]  Which picture goes with the picture on the bottom row the same way the pictures in the top row go together?”

NOTE: Answers at the bottom

1. NNAT-2 Practice Questions for Pre-K and Kindergarten

2. NNAT-2 Test Sample Question for First Grade

3. NNAT Practice Question for Second Grade

4. NNAT Test Prep Question for Third Grade

5. Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test  (NNAT) Practice Question for Fourth Grade

6. NNAT-2 Practice Question for Fifth and Sixth Grade

TestingMom.com where you can get 100 free practice questions

NNAT-2 Test Answers for Questions

  1. #2
  2. #3
  3. #3
  4. #3
  5. #4 – each has 3 squares colored in, but never the middle square
  6. #4

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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.