NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Tips for solving OLSAT test questions
July 5, 2018, 3:30 pm
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Here are a few tips on helping your child solve those very tricky OLSAT test questions

For analogy questions on the OLSAT:

  • Think of a rule that describes the relationship between the 2 items on top.
  • Apply the rule to the figure or picture on the bottom.
  • Test the rule with each answer choice – if you choose it, will the items on top be related to each other in the same way as the items on the bottom?
  • If more than one choice fits the rule, then look for a more specific rule that describes the relationship between the items on top.

For solving classification questions on the OLSAT:

  • These are similar to analogy questions, except that you should think of the reason why the items on top belong together in one group. What’s the same about all of them that they belong together as a unit?
  • Test the reasoning with each answer choice – if you choose it, will all 4 items belong together in a group for the reason you identified?
  • If more than one item or if no item fits with the items on top for the reason you identified, look at the items on top again and re-think why they belong together in a group.

When practicing for the OLSAT test:

  • Environment
    • Make sure your child is working in a quiet, well-lit area where he or she will not be disturbed.
    • Give your child one set of questions at a time. First go through the warm-up questions in the set.
    • When doing the actual practice test, read the instructions and questions exactly as they are written. Do not paraphrase.
    • Give your child breaks as needed – ideally, take a break between each practice sub-test.
    • Once the practice test starts, don’t give your child feedback or help during the practice test unless he or she is confused about what to do. Go over answers after your child completes the practice test.

More fun with NNAT-2 practice test questions
June 5, 2018, 8:51 am
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Try some fun and colorful NNAT2 sample test questions!

NNAT®-2 and 3 – Reasoning By Analogy

Parent, tell your child this: “Look at this puzzle.  Do you see how the two shapes on top go together?”  Point to the bottom left box and say, “Look at the shape in the bottom box.”  Point to the answer choices and say, “Which of these shapes belongs with the shape on the bottom so that two the shapes on the bottom will go together the same way the shapes on top go together?”

NNAT2 questions to ask your little one for the upcoming NYC G&T test


Discover your child’s strengths and weaknesses for the NNAT2 test.



Q1: D (all are same)

Q2: D (rows are the same)

Tips on preparing your child for the NYC Gifted and Talented test
May 29, 2018, 3:40 pm
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Ready to prep? Here are some test prep tips for the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests!

The purpose of preparing your child for the NYC G&T test to give you a general idea of your child’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to the different types of questions that will be asked on the actual tests. Here are a few tips to take into consideration while your prepare.

  • Seat your child comfortably at a desk where he can work. The room should be well lit. Make sure he isn’t hungry, tired, or missing out on his favorite TV show.  Don’t describe what you’re doing as a test or assessment.  Just refer to these as “brain games” where you’ll get to do some fun, practice school activities.
  • BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PRACTICE QUESTIONS: Sign-up for free practice questions from the website.   Go through this entire instrument without telling your child whether his answers are correct. This instrument is for your benefit only – first, to show you where your child needs help and then to show you the progress he has made.
  • Give your child a break between different sets of questions if that is needed. Remember, with the Pre-Assessment your goal is to find out which types of activities your child does well and which present a challenge for him.  Once you understand his strengths and weaknesses, you can work on the areas that are hard for him.  The actual OLSAT test has 30 questions and the NNAT-2 has 48 questions for a total of 78 questions.  The Assessments have 45 – 60 questions each.   Don’t get frustrated if you need extra time to get through all the material, especially when doing the Pre-Assessment (before your child has built up any “test stamina”).
  • Based on how your child does, you will know which types of questions to focus your efforts on when preparing. Work with your child over a period of time using the practice questions and games on the website.
  • For the Assessments, whether your child is applying to kindergarten or 1st grade, he should attempt to answer the first 15 questions in each section. If your child is applying to 2nd or 3rd grade, he should attempt to answer all 20 questions in each section.  [Questions generally go from easy to harder.]
  • between the 1st and 2nd set of scores will vary depending on how much practice you have done with your child and how well she has mastered the concepts.
  • Your goal is to see significant improvement between the two sets of scores your child earns doing the Pre-Assessment (without preparation)…and the Post-Assessment (with preparation).

It’s that time of year for NY State ELA and Math tests!
March 14, 2018, 1:59 pm
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Start preparing for the upcoming ELA and math tests for New York!

The common core state tests for New York State are just around the corner and if you’re a parent of a NYC 4th grader or 7th grader now is the time to panic! As you know, these tests are used for middle school and high school admissions for many selective schools within New York City. The state has released teachers guides to the upcoming common core testing (aka PARCC tests) that are available for everyone to review. Here are some highlights on how the test will be administered this year according to the guide:

  • For the ELA test
    • The 2018 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts Tests consist of two sessions that are administered over two days.
    • Students will be provided as much time as necessary to complete each test session.
    • On average, students in Grades 3–4 will likely need approximately 60–70 minutes of working time to complete each of the two test sessions. Students in Grades 5–8 will likely need approximately 80–90 minutes of working time to complete each of the two test sessions.
  • For the math test
    • The 2018 Grades 3–8 Mathematics Tests takes place over two days and consist of two sessions.
    • Students will be provided as much time as necessary to complete each test session. In other words, no time limit.
    • On average, students in Grade 3 will likely need approximately 55–65 minutes to complete Session 1 and 60–70 minutes to complete Session 2. Students in Grade 4 will likely need approximately 65–75 minutes to complete each of the two test sessions. Students in Grade 5 will likely need approximately 80–90 minutes to complete Session 1 and 70–80 minutes to complete Session 2. Students in Grades 6–8 will likely need approximately 80–90 minutes to complete Session 1 and 75–85 minutes to complete Session 2.

Looking for practice questions? Review what they have to offer at Testing Mom!

Helping your child combat test anxiety
March 1, 2018, 9:08 am
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Tips and tricks on helping your child overcome test taking anxiety

As the NYC Gifted and Talented Test drawers near tensions will run high in your household. Even if you look calm, cool and collected your child will pick up on your own nervousness as the time for the OLSAT and NNAT-2 comes near. Here are a few tips to help you and your child to manage the stressful process as it comes to the taking the big test.

Get prepared! There’s nothing like knowing what to expect to anything in life, especially when it comes to taking the test. Making sure your child is fully prepared will put your child in control of anxiety. That’s why your using resources available to like programs like Testing Mom.

Here are some things you’ll want to do for maximum performance on the test.

  • Exercise – make sure you get lots of outdoor time with your child in the weeks and months prior to test. This helps reduce stress by pumping endorphin in your child’s system. It increase the oxygen supply so your child will be able to perform his or her best on test day. Chose an activity that your child really likes within moderation. Playing at the park or walking around the neighborhood are great activities for your little one.
  • Diet – first and foremost, cut out all the junk food and save it for after the test. Your child’s body needs a balanced and nutrition diet for peak performance. Make sure your child eats plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with appropriate proteins. Research shows that foods that have high levels of lecithin (i.e. fish, beans) are known as “brain foods”. If you plan on changing your child’s diet to be more healthy make sure you do it weeks or months in advance of the test.
  • Rest – now is not the time to experiment with your child going to be at all hours of the night. Keep your child’s bed routine the same during the week and weekends for the month prior to the test. It’s extremely important that this schedule is strictly enforced since you don’t want your child to show up on test day grumpy from not getting enough sleep. If your child is more of a morning person then schedule your child’s test during the morning hours or if your child is an afternoon person then schedule the time after lunch.


Fast forward to test day
February 26, 2018, 5:53 pm
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Make sure your child aces the OLSAT and NNAT tests

Many months prior to the big test you’ve prepared your child and now you’re both ready! You’ve practice with flash cards, workbooks and sites like You’ve developed test taking strategies to teach your child to focus, listen and sit still for a whole hour! Now that deserves a big award! With all that being said, your child is much more prepared than the vast majority of kids taking the NYC G&T test so give yourself a big pat on the back. Now your child will walk into the test room with comfort and ready to succeed.  Here are some quick final preparations for the test day:

  • Getting to the test site
    • Make sure you’ve done a “dry run” if you are using public transportation or driving
    • Date of exam
    • Departure time from your home
    • How long will it take you to get to the exam site?
  • Night before the test
    • Clothes your child will wear
    • Proper ID for when you’re checking in
    • Make sure you bring a book or toy (non-electronic) for your child to play with in the waiting area.

You’re set!


Getting your child to take the OLSAT and NNAT tests!

Preparing for the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests
February 15, 2018, 3:26 pm
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Taking any test can be tough, especially if you’re 4 years old

First, the bad news. Preparing a young child for the NYC Gifted and Talented Test takes works, lots of work! And if you want your child to get admitted to a citywide or district gifted program, your child must receive a qualifying score. There are many pitfalls and obstacles that can stand in the way of your child getting a top score on the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests:

  • Being unfamiliar with the types of questions on the test
  • Test anxiety and not being able sit still for an hour with a stranger
  • Leaving preparing your child for the test to the last minute
  • Not preparing at all
  • Not knowing basic test taking skills like process of elimination and guessing

One of things most parents experience is test anxiety even though they aren’t the ones taking the test! You want to make sure you don’t transfer your anxiety onto your child. You want to make sure your child is prepared and that will help eliminate the anxiety for both you and your child.

Here are a few tips to help eliminate test anxiety:

  • Teach your child to breathe slowly during test and stretch if they need to.
  • Tell your child it’s ok to ask the test proctor (teacher) to take a break to use the restroom during the test.
  • Make sure you visit the testing facility PRIOR to test day so your child is familiar with the school and you can tell your child you’ll be returning to speak to a teacher “who wants to know everything a 4 year old knows!”

Once you’re in the final stretch with test day is within 30 days make sure you make a 30-day plan to really get your child prepared for the test.

  • Do a mock exam from sites like where you can get a good gauge of where your child is at in knowing the concepts on the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests
  • Do not change your child’s schedule and make sure you keep a solid routine with diet, bedtime and anything to keep the schedule normal. Now is not the time to go on vacation, change your child’s diet (unless it’s unhealthy) or change bedtime or wake time in the morning.