NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Prepare for the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests or not?

I get so many questions from parents as to whether or not they should prepare their talented tot for the NYC gifted and talented test.  I think it’s time for a reality check if you don’t think every other parent is preparing their child for the big test. I know, it’s romantic to think your child can whimsically walk in to the testing center with absolutely no preparation and score in the 99th percentile on the tests.  News flash parents, that’s a fantasy and you want to make sure your child is fully prepared for the tests by not only practicing with free practice questions from Testing Mom but more importantly, you need to be working with your child from separating from you for over an hour and taken away by a complete stranger who administers the gifted and talented tests. So, should you prepare or not prepare?

 



Free live seminars for NYC gifted and talented testing and process

Well moms and dads, it’s that time of year again for first day of school and gifted and talented testing for 4 year-olds to 2nd graders in New York City! Not sure what to expect on the big test? Don’t worry, the folks from Testing Mom are hosting free (yes, FREE!) seminars available for NYC parents on Saturday, Sept. 19. Both seminars cover the same material so no need to attend both, unless you just can’t get enough. These seminars will cover all things G&T (including Hunter Elementary) for parents who are considering getting their talented tot tested for the upcoming testing season in January. A 4-year-old will be barraged with 30 questions from the OLSAT test and the 44 questions on the NNAT-2 test. Believe me, some of the questions they expect these little kids to answer are difficult for most adults to comprehend. And don’t forget that you can’t go into the testing room with your child who is whisked away in flash from your arms as he or she is taken to the room to be drilled with question after question. And who administers the test? Well, it’s a DOE employee who has volunteered to be a  test proctor so they can earn some extra cash on the side. Please hope and pray your child isn’t placed with some disgruntled union member who has complaints out the wazoo with his or her job. Oh well, I suppose it’s best to make our little NYC children learn the hard knocks of big city life before they enter kindergarten. Here  are the links to register for the live events: