NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Hunter College Elementary Test Scores Released (sort of)

NYC Moms and Dads Up in Arms!

After waiting for weeks (and in some cases months) NYC parents received their notices from Hunter College Elementary School test results. This year they decided not to give the parents the actual score from the Stanford-Binet but rather a “yes” or a “no” that their darling daughter or son made the cut-off to round two. Here’s the actual email a parent received from Hunter College Elementary when they found out their talented tot didn’t make the cut.

Dear <PARENT>,

Thank you for having <CHILD> participate in the Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) admissions process for Academic Year 2018-2019. We appreciate your interest in our school and learning community. However, it is with regret that we inform you that <CHILD> will not be advancing to Round 2 of the process.

This fall, 1640 children applied to Hunter College Elementary School for the fifty available seats, and all of these children participated in Round 1 of the process. We are aware that the Round 1 evaluation captured only one day of your child’s capabilities. Like <CHILD> , we know that our applicants are bright, dynamic children who will achieve academic success in the future. We simply do not have the ability to advance every student to the second round (R2).

We know that our admissions process is time-consuming and we recognize and value the effort you have put forth on <CHILD> ‘s behalf. The next entry point to the Hunter College Campus Schools is in grade seven, for Hunter College High School. We encourage you to check our seventh grade admissions criteria as soon as <CHILD> enters grade six.

We wish you and your child the best in finding the best fit for Kindergarten.


Sabra S. Pacheco
Director of Admissions and Outreach

What’s the Stanford-Binet Vocabulary test?

Many NYC parents confused about the vocabulary section of the Stanford-Binet

For vocabulary items on the Stanford-Binet test, children are first asked to say the names of pictures they are shown. These are the types of questions asked of a child when applying for Hunter College Elementary Gifted Program in NYC.  In these vocabulary questions the pictures are of items that would be familiar to a child of the age being tested.  Then, children are asked to define words that children that the psychologist reads aloud.  These are words that young children should know by the time they are tested. Keep in mind, this test is only given in English.  The test proctor starts with simple words like “banana,” “toy,” “dog”) and become increasingly more difficult and abstract with words like “fear”, “calm”. If your child misses five questions in a row, the tester moves on to the next subtest. Otherwise, your child will continually be asked questions with more and more difficulty.

Younger children are asked to name a picture they are shown.  You can see an example of this on the right side of the page.  “What is this?”  “A bicycle” or “bike” would be the right answer.

Stanford-Binet practice question: Parent ask, “What is this?”

Children are then asked to define words.  “Tell me in words, what does ‘antique’ mean?”  Your child will be given additional credit if he or she gives a more elaborate and sophisticated response.  For example, if your daughter answers this question with “old,” she might get 1 point.  If she answers it with, “Antique is a very old piece of furniture, like those from the colonial era,” she would get 2 points.  If your son gives a limited response to this type of question, the psychologist will encourage him to say more.  You should do the same while practicing for the Stanford-Binet test and every day conversation.  “What other items are antiques?”  “Have you ever seen an antique? Tell me about it?”

Practice questions for Hunter Elementary Gifted and Talented Program

Well, it’s that time of year again as thousands of kids take the Stanford-Binet test for admissions into the Hunter Elementary School Program which is by far the most competitive kindergarten in the world! Year after year over 3,000 4-year-olds take the Stanford-Binet test to get a qualifying score for a chance to attend the second round where the children are observed in a classroom setting.  Out of the 3,000 kids that take the test only 50 (25 boys, 25 girls) will be allowed to enter the pearly gates of Hunter College Elementary Gifted Program the following school year.  Hunter does make it loud and clear on their web site that a parent should not “prep” their child for the test. Although based upon what they indicate it sounds like reading to your child could be misconstrued as test prep for the Stanford-Binet test. Here are a few sample questions for the test and these are the types of questions a child might encounter on the test. These are brought to us by the folks at Testing Mom where you get tons of practice materials for Hunter, private school admissions and NYC gifted and talented program. Over the past few years the Hunter round 2 cut-off score for the Stanford Binet has ranged from 143 up to 149! If your child gets 142 or below you might was well count them out of getting an invite to the A-list second round. Harsh, yes….reality check folks.

Cindy, Daryl and Anne were crossing guards at the school. Each child was given 2 whistles they could use for the job. Choose the box that shows how many whistles in total were given to the 3 children. 4

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Do you see the children in the first box? Each child is the captain of his or her team. If 30 children in total play on teams, which box shows the number of children each team captain gets to pick for his or her team? 4


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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:


Hunter Gifted and Talented Cut-off Test Scores Released
December 18, 2013, 7:07 pm
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Well, Hunter gifted and talented cut-off test scores were released to thousands for parents last week. What seemed like an eternity came to an abrupt end as the cut-off score for the Stanford Binet V test was a mere 144. When compared to previous years this is the lowest we’ve seen.  Good news for some parents and not-so-good for others as their darling sons and daughters now have to jockey for a coveted city in the NYC gifted and talented program which begins testing here in just a few weeks.

I did receive from photos from a parent who got their precious child tested for Hunter and received some interesting photos from the doctor’s office where the child was tested for the Stanford Binet test.  I thought many parents in NYC would find it interesting to see the type of office and also the disclaimer form they make parents sign when they arrive with their darling daughter or son.

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Hunter test application at the psychologist office before the child enters the lion’s den to be poked and prodded with countless questions on the Stanford-Binet. Even though the 144 is the lowest cut-off point in years it’s still a very high threshold for all the darling children taking the test this year.


Dec. 5, 2016 Update – There were a couple of photos on this page that were removed. This nervous psychologist requested photos of the office be removed (even though there was no person in any of the images). Makes me wonder what this person has to hide? Trying to keep incognito while they judge toddlers from ages 3 to 4? What’s the big deal? There was no personal identifiable information in any of these photos but I suppose I’ll be nice this time. Hopefully this person will be nice in return and make sure everyone that is tested in their reign is given a fair and balanced assessment.

The photos that were removed contained images of an outdated/dark/dreary office with worn furniture and looked eerily similar to a funeral home where loved ones gather to grieve a loss. I suppose the office is acceptable considering the deeds that are conducted in the premises although I didn’t see any mini-bar. I’m sure parents need a drink while they wait on pins and needles for their child to emerge after being judged by a complete stranger. Although maybe the tester has a stash of whiskey and vodka hidden under the desk for in between tests? Of course, just joking.

I’m sure moms and dads bite their nails while waiting for a psychologist who has a bunch of letters after their name and forcing the parents to wait up to 2 hours! Oh yeah, want to bring your spouse or significant other to the test? Leave them at Starbucks or at home – only ONE parent allowed – so much for the nuclear family. Or maybe this is the strategy to “divide and conquer” all in the name of a lowering the child’s test score? Who knows! I’m sure there have been quite a few arguments among parents as who will go into the waiting area. Flip a coin? Or maybe rock, paper, scissors? Or race from the subway and whoever gets there first wins? Anyway, these poor kids! All done at the ripe old age of 4. Judge and jury of one – the tester!

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