NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


NYC Gifted and Talented Testing Canceled this weekend

Due to Super Snow Storm Jonas the NYC Gifted and Talented Testing has been cancelled this weekend. I suppose it’s a good thing for parents who haven’t done any preparation and allows them more time to start practicing with their little ones with questions from TestingMom.com. Tons of practice questions for both the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests.

Here’s what the DOE said on their web site regarding the test being canceled this weekend:

G&T News

The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes you to Gifted & Talented Admissions!

Testing is cancelled for January 23 and 24, 2016 due to the weather. If you were scheduled to test on January 23 or 24, you will be contacted this coming week about rescheduling your test. Please email questions about your student’s test to the email address listed on your appointment letter. You can email servicecenter@schools.nyc.gov with general questions about G&T testing.



Gifted and Talented School in Queens Screws up big time!

Well, a district wide gifted and talented school in Queens screws up big time! It all started with parents at the PS 144 in Forest Hills who received a letter from the school that their child will be taking the test that week for the gifted and talented program. The letter informed the parents their child will take the OLSAT tests and BSRA (Bracken School Readiness Assessment). One problem, the DOE phased our the BSRA test 4 years ago and replaced it with the much more difficult NNAT-2 test. Below is a photo of the actual letter parents received from the school that really screwed up on this one.

To add insult to injury, according to parents, who contacted the school about the test, the parent coordinator who answered the phone abruptly said in a curt manner “Whatever is on the letter are the tests that are going to be given!”.  I suppose the school was bombarded with phone  calls from frantic parents who were confused and even more confused after the school verified their worst nightmares coming true! So much for the person who answered the phone to do a 5 second Google search to find out which test is currently being given to students. Maybe they were too busy watching reruns of Dance Moms online?

After months (and some times years!) of test prep will their talented tot now be required to take another test that they haven’t prepared for? Imagine these poor moms and dads who are stressed out to the max and then finding this out the same week the test was to be administered. It’s like a high school student preparing for the SAT test for months and then 48 hours prior to test day being told “Sorry, it’s actually the ACT test.”

After a few days of confusion in Forest Hills the principal, Reva Gluck-Schneider, finally broke down and reluctantly admitted to the error of their ways. This, of course, is after scores of parents kept calling and asking questions. Wow…a DOE employee admitting they were wrong? Is that in the union contract? You can read the entire drama in this DNA Info article.

The letter parents from PS 144 received regarding the upcoming gifted and talented testing.



Testing Mom hosting free seminars
January 5, 2016, 3:56 pm
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Testing Mom hosting free seminars for NYC parents to review the NYC Gifted and Talented Admissions and Testing this week! These seminars are free but you need to register to attend (links below).

Here’s what you’ll learn at the seminar:

  • The various tests given to children for gifted and talented programs in New York City
  • Learn about the NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test that’s used for admissions into the New York City G&T programs
  • Prepare your child for testing without “prepping”
  • Shy child? Find out how to help a shy child overcome testing anxiety.
  • Easy and fun things you can do at home to help your child prepare for testing
  • Live questions and answers from the audience.

You can register here: