NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

A parent tells their story at gifted and talented testing site
A parent tells their story at gifted and talented testing site in New York City when her son took the test!
“My son took the NYC gifted and talented test today and although he has not give any feedback on the questions (I’ll try to probe more over the coming days) here is an initial set of observations on the NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test itself:
  • Although the Principal said that the gifted and talented test was supposed to last one hour, and maybe a bit longer most of the kids were out by 40 minutes. This is true for the kids testing in the session before us, and also for our session.
  • My son went in at 10:40 and was out at 11:20- that included climbing up and down 2 half flights of stairs to the next floor and getting into the classrooms where the test was being administered.
  • He was not the only one- about 4-5 other young boys that had gone a few minutes before him, all came back out together after taking the OLSAT test and the NNAT test. The girls were still inside when we left 5 minutes later.
  • When I asked him about the gifted and talented test, he said some questions were hard so he said “I picked the wrong answer”. When I asked why he did that, he said the teacher did not say anything or tell him to try again.
  • He said he had never seen any puzzles like this before (He has an almost photographic memory of the questions. One he has done some, he tends to remember them).
  • He also did not remember the name of the teacher (test proctor) with whom he went. It is highly likely that they did not engage with the kids even while walking them up.
In my opinion this is the most challenging test situation he (and I) have even encountered since he is a child that thrives on interaction and expected some with this teacher (having take the Hunter and ERB tests). Also, the teachers at school give feedback so to be in a room with a stranger who does not interact, remains stone-faced and just keeps to “business” is possibly one of the most uncomfortable experiences for a 4 year old. I assume it would also be for an adult.
I am not sure how he will fare on the test, but my personal opinion is that whatever the result, the test administration process is biased towards older kids, kids with stronger and longer attention spans, and those who are just good test-takers. That may fit the bill for most learners or certainly some types of learners but not all.”
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My child just took the G&T test yesterday. Almost all the children came out of testing within 40 minutes. But my child took 1 hr & 10 minutes. No one would tell me why it took so long. When I asked my child about the test they said some of it was easy, but a few questions were hard and they believed they got those wrong. I was also told that they had to go to the end of the testing booklet. I’m not sure what the ceiling is for this test (meaning how many items you have to get wrong for the testing to stop). They were also given one break where they were encouraged to color. My child colored a picture and gave it to me when they were finished. I was also told it was “a lot of find the picture that goes in the question box.” But supposedly no other kinds of questions, which I find hard to believe.

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