NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

New York City Dept. of Ed has released gifted and talented handbooks
October 2, 2014, 12:37 pm
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New York City Dept. of Ed has released gifted and talented handbooks the upcoming testing seasons that starts in January, 2015! The DOE is hosting information sessions in all 5 boroughs (dates and locations below). Registration for the NYC G&T test opens online next Wed., Oct. 8th so there’s nothing to do until then (except of course start practicing with your child!). After a quick review of the handbooks it doesn’t look like there are any major changes to the admissions process from last year. The OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests are still given to our talented tots to qualify for a seat in the gifted and talented program in New York City.

Go here to find out the the nitty-gritty details in the Gifted and Talented Handbook.

Here are the details on the info. sessions hosted by the NYC Dept. of Ed. Please note these information regurgitate the same information that’s contained in the handbook.

High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street, Tuesday, October 14   6:00 – 8:00 PM

Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue, Wednesday, October 15   6:00 – 8:00 PM
Staten Island
P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins
144 Keating Place, Thursday, October 16    6:00 – 8:00 PM

Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
500 East Fordham Road, Tuesday, October 21    6:00 – 8:00 PM

Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street,  Wednesday, October 22    6:00 – 8:00 PM

The folks at Testing Mom (the site where you can get free OLSAT and NNAT practice questions) are hosting seminars in late October for parents in NYC! These seminars will tell you information that the DOE won’t or can’t!

Parents Often Confounded by NNAT Practice Test
February 14, 2013, 4:19 pm
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As you know, parents often confounded by NNAT practice test find the questions on this particular test difficult even for themselves, let alone their 4 year old talented tot!

The NNAT test, which is a non-verbal intelligence test designed to measure spatial reasoning and pattern recognition abilities in test takers, among other non-verbal skills, is believed to be a more accurate measure of intelligence in children because it takes a language neutral approach. Although the test is generally considered among the most fair assessment exams, many parents in New York City – where the NNAT is used extensively for entrance to public and private school gifted and talented programs – are confounded by the exam when they look over NNAT practice test questions with their children.

Each year, as parents across the city help their children get ready for taking the exam, practice test resources are sought out. Many organizations in the city and online are available to help parents locate and appropriately use NNAT-2 practice questions with their children. When reviewing exam questions, parents are consistently amazed at the difficulty of some of the questions that appear on the NNAT2 practice tests, making it that much more important that children get the chance to become familiar with the test question formats and thinking in the right terms to perform well on the NNAT practice test and the formal exam.

Changes to the NYC Gifted and Talented Program

Earlier this week the New York City Department of Education announced changes to the NYC Gifted and Talented Program to take effect for this upcoming testing season and for students entering the NYC G&T program for next school year. Here’s the quick and dirty based upon a quick run through of the handbook:

  • The NNAT2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) will now account for 2/3 of the total score while the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test) will account for the other 1/3 of the score. In prior years, the OLSAT test accounted for 75% of the score while the BSRA-Bracken (no longer used) accounted for 25% of the score. This is a major shift in the testing criteria since the NNAT-2 test is much more difficult than both the BSRA and the OLSAT test. Just see for yourself with free sample questions on the web site.
  • You’ll need to register by November 9, 2012 online.
  • There are DOE information sessions for parents, the first one in Brooklyn on October 22 and in Manhattan on October 24. Details below in my previous post from the other day.
  • The scoring will be much more precise and done by composite score from 200 to 900 points. Even if two children are in the 99th percentile the composite score would differentiate the two children. One could get an 860 and other 864 (both in the 99th percentile) but the 864 would have higher priority than the 860. Sorry to sound like our kids are numbers but I suppose that’s the only way to do this more precisely. Now the NYC snob parents can accurately compare their 99th percentile child to other 99th percentiles and make a judgement call from there.
  • The biggest change is there is no guarantee placement for kids going into Kindergarten and first grade if they make the 90th percentile cut-off.  In the past, if a parent ranked all schools available then they would get placement but this year that has changed.
  • Not sure if the NNAT2 test is going to be timed or not. The handbook didn’t indicate that it would be so who knows!

NNAT Test Added to NYC Gifted and Talented Program Assessment
July 15, 2012, 3:37 pm
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New York City’s gifted and talented programs have always been among the nation’s most competitive and experts say the criteria for entry, including tests like the NNAT-2 (aka Naglieri) test, are about to get more difficult. Specifically, it is the gifted and talented testing of kindergarteners which is about to increase in difficulty. According to a recent article, the NNAT test added to NYC Gifted and Talented Program Assessment makes it even more imperative for parents to prepare their children with free practice questions from

In the past, NYC’s public schools utilized the Bracken School Readiness Assessment and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test for the assessment of intelligence and heighten abilities in kindergarteners. Beginning late in 2012, the NYC testing program will replace the Bracken test with the NNAT test, which is a more difficult test for such young children.

While the NNAT test is believed by many to level the playing field for older children in terms of unbiased assessment of intelligence, it is more challenging for younger children given its focus on nonverbal, visual reasoning and abstract logic skills.

The Bracken test formerly accounted for 25% of the NYC’s gifted and talented assessment test, while the Otis-Lennon encompassed the other 75%. The NNAT test will now be 25% of the assessment, while the Otis-Lennon will continue to be the other three quarters of the exam. Because the NYC gifted and talented program and its assessment methodologies influence those throughout the rest of the nation, the addition of the NNAT test to the kindergarten-level exam is likely to set a precedent nationwide.

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

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 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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Changes to NYC Gifted and Talented Program Testing for 2012-2013

The bar has been raised for kindergarteners vying for admission to New York City’s gifted and talented program. In the past, the Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) was used in conjunction with the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA). However, this year marks a switch from the BSRA to the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).

While the BSRA tests a child’s knowledge of basic shapes, colors and numbers, the NNAT tests abstract logic and visual reasoning skills. A Dept. of Education spokesperson said the switch aims to make the gifted and talented admissions exam more difficult to study for, so a child’s actual cognitive ability is assessed (compared to just simple facts they have learned). Parents should start preparing now if their child is taking the G&T test next year since adequate preparation for the NNAT may require as much as twice (or even more!) the time needed for BSRA prep.

Next year I have no doubt we will see less 99th percentiles with the NYC gifted and talented test results are released due to the complexity of the Naglieri when compared to the BSRA . The children are going to struggle with this test and although the NYC Department of Education has yet to announce the specifics, in most cases the NNAT-2 is a timed test so there will be extra added pressure for the child to complete within the allotted amount of time given by the DOE. It has yet to be disclosed how the NNAT will be weighted along with the OLSAT for next year’s talented tots taking the test, though parents can begin preparing at home with puzzles and other simple visual pattern identification exercises. For those parents seeking practice questions for their children, they can utilize the vast practice question library at Testing Mom, which offers hundreds of NNAT and OLSAT practice questions.

Gifted and Talented Testing Interview with Huffington Post Last Week

I did an interview last week with Huffington Post blogger C.M. Rubin, who grilled me for details on the test preparation process for very young children. After explaining how I first became interested in testing and why admission to gifted programs is so competitive (hint: it’s because it places children on a successful track through college), I explained that parents, not tutors, should be involved in preparing their children for the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test) and Naglieri tests (NNAT-2) by incorporating some easy real-life examples into their daily routine. I also broke down the seven abilities measured by testing: language, knowledge and comprehension, memory, mathematics, visual-spatial reasoning, cognitive skills, and fine-motor skills. It’s worth noting that these tests don’t measure a child’s creativity, artistic or athletic ability, as well as social and emotional intelligence; I also discuss with C.M. the accuracy of these tests, as well as the pros and cons of hiring tutors for children as young as four.

I talked about, the site where you can get 100 free practice questions and how Testing Mom offers resources and expertise to a growing worldwide customer base by offering customers a tremendous library of practice questions and online prep games. I also hashed out the difference between Testing Mom and costly intensive “cram session camps,” which don’t allow children the time needed to properly absorb the concepts measured by these tests.  My personal belief is that children should learn the concepts of the test over a period of weeks or months.

With the recent announcement of the test change next year for the NYC Gifted and Talented program it will be interesting to see how the OLSAT scores compare to the scores from this year and the impact on the total number of students eligible for this high-demand program in New York.