NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


NYC Gifted and Talented Testing Starts Today

As many of you know, NYC gifted and talented testing starts today! (Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013).  It’s hard to believe that another year of the New York City gifted testing has arrived.  This year, the BSRA test (aka Bracken School Readiness Assessment) has been replaced with the much more difficult NNAT-2 test that uses progressive matrices when the child is testing. The NNAT test (Naglieri Non-verbal abilities test) was designed  for a culturally neutral evaluation of a child’s nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the primary language, culture or socioeconomic status.

We’ll see if this change to the Naglieri test has an impact on the number of students qualifying for a coveted seat in the New York City gifted and talented program.



OLSAT Testing Survival Guide Now Available
The Testing Survival Guide  – get your child prepared for the OLSAT test.
The team at TestingMom.com (the site where you can get 100 free practice questions for gifted and talented testing) have created the most awesome guide on Amazon.com that includes 40 practice questions for Otis-Lennon test, BSRA test, CogAT test and more! As you know, the language around testing sounds like a game of scrabble! Tests like the OLSAT, BSRA-Bracken, Cogat Test, GATE testing and the list of these acronyms go on and on. Make sure you get this guide on Amazon.com!



OLSAT Test Starts in Just 24 Days!
December 15, 2010, 8:50 pm
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Hi present and future G&T parents in NYC!  The OLSAT test and Bracken test for NYC gifted and talented program begins in just 3 short weeks! It’s time to get your son or daughter ready with OLSAT practice test questions for the upcoming exams as we head into the January sprint.

As a reminder, the NYC DOE posted the dates of the exam on their web site.

  • January 10-March 4, 2011:  OLSAT/BSRA testing at school sites for public school students
  • January 8, 9, 22, 23, 29 & 30; February 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2011:  OLSAT/BSRA testing at selected sites for non‐public school children
  • May 2011:  Score reports and applications with available G&T sites communicated to eligible students
  • Late May 2011:  Applications Due
  • June 2011:  Placement offers communicated to families; families accept/decline placement offers

If you’d like to be added to my NYC gifted and talented newsletter or need OLSAT practice sample test questions let me know. I’ll email some samples to you. skipper646@gmail.com. Thanks – Michael



Aristotle Circle Does It Again! OLSAT Practice Test Workbook Reviewed

If you’d like free OLSAT practice test questions or sign-up for my free Gifte and Talented newsletter email me at skipper646@gmail.com.

I had the pleasure of reviewing the most recent edition to Aristotle’s Circle fine collection of workbooks for the OLSAT test for kindergarten and pre-K.  We’ll also be posting video reviews on TestingMom.com in a few weeks so stay tuned! These are by far the best OLSAT test prep books I’ve seen and are so well done I don’t even know where to begin but I’ll try anyway. First of all, Aristotle Circle’s staff members are the masters of organizing the information in an easy to understand format for parents who know nothing about these tests (the way I was 2 years ago!). Continue reading



NYC DOE announces OSLAT test dates and free OLSAT test prep questions

I’ve been religiously checking every day for OLSAT test updates and the NYC DOE just posted gifted and talented testing dates and information on the DOE site.

Also, if you’d like 6 FREE OLSAT test prep questions for the NYC gifted and talented program let me know and I’ll email you the link on how to retrieve them. These are OLSAT sample questions from a new OLSAT test prep book that was just released a few short weeks ago. Email me for details: skipper646@gmail.com. Thanks – Michael Continue reading



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Free OLSAT Test Sample Questions for NYC Gifted and Talented Program

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You can now get free OLSAT sample questions from the NYC gifted and talented program test prep book. This will help prep your pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students for the NYC gifted and talented program testing.

  • Email me at skipper646@gmail.com and I’ll send you 6 free OLSAT sample questions so you can check it prior to buying the book.  

Other items on Amazon.com for OLSAT practice test:

Also, the items below from Amazon are REALLY good resources for OLSAT test prep questions for pre-K and kindergarten. I’ve also added some for first through 3rd grades as well. These aren’t like the OLSAT test per se but allow parents to practice critical thinking skills with the child that are necessary for success for the OLSAT test and OLSAT verbal questions. As a parent, I found that our G&T child needed a variety of mechanisms for OLSAT test preparation for the NYC gifted and talented program. The items below will re-direct you to Amazon.com where you can order the material.

Age: 3 Subject: Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1

Age: 4 Subject: Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2

Grade: PreK Subject: Mathematics
Beginning Mathematical Reasoning: Developing Math & Thinking Skills, Ages 3 & 4

Grade: K Subject: Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis: Level A

Ages: 3-4 Subject: Critical Thinking

BUILDING THINKING SKILLS BEGINNING

Grades: PreK-1 Subject: Critical Thinking
Visual Perceptual Skill Building, Book 1

Grades: PreK-K Subject: Critical Thinking
Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 (PreK-K)

Grade: PreK Subject: Critical Thinking
Thinker Doodles, Clues and Choose Beginning Book

Ages: 3-4 Alphabet & Number Puzzles w/Activities
Alphabet & Number Puzzles w/Activities

Grades: PreK-2 Subject: Language Arts
Dr. Dooriddles Associative Reasoning Activities: Book A-1

For pre-K
Can You Find Me?: Building Thinking Skills in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies: Prekindergarten

For Kindergarten
Can You Find Me?: Building Thinking Skills in Reading, Math, Science & Social Studies K-1 (Bright Minds series)

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking
Building Thinking Skills- Critical Thinking skills for reading, writing, math, science (Level 1(Grades 2-3)

Grades: 2-3 CD
Subject: Critical Thinking
Building Thinking Skills Level 1

Grade: 2
Subject: Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning, Level C (Mathematical Reasoning)

Grades: 2-5
Subject: Critical Thinking
What Would You Do?, Book 1

Grade: 2
Subject: Language Arts
Language Smarts, Level C (Gr 2)

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Language Arts
Vocabulary Smarts Book 1

Grade: 2
Subject: Mathematics
Complete the Picture Math Book 2

Grades: 2-4
Subject: Critical Thinking
Organizing Thinking: Book One : Graphic Organizers

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Mathematics
Math Ananlogies

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Language Arts
Spelling DooRiddles, Book A1

Grades: PreK-2
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. Dooriddles Associative Reasoning Activities: Book A-1

Grades: PreK-2
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. DooRiddles, Book A2: Associative Reasoning Activities

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Language Arts
Dr. DooRiddles, Book A3: Associated Reasoning Activities

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Mathematics
Scratch Your Brain: Clever Math Ticklers

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking
Visual Perceptual Skill Building, Book 2

Grades: 1-3
Subject: Science
Developing Critical Thinking Through Science/Book 1 Grade 1-3

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking
Dr. Funster’s Think-A-Minutes A1: Fast, Fun Brainwork for Higher Grades and Top Test Scores

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking
Dr. Funster’s Think-A-Minutes, Level B Book 2

Grades: 2-3
Subject: Critical Thinking
Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 2

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