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Prepare for the NYC G&T Test in 2020

With the 2020 NYC G&T testing season just around the corner, we know that stress levels can be high, both for you and your child. We recommend that you learn about the test and familiarize your child with the content and format of the exam in order to reduce anxiety. Below you will find free practice materials, grade-specific practice kits, and useful information.

What your child will get out of our G&T Test PREP program:

  • Individualized Program to meet child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Comfort level with exam format
  • Listening Skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Training to grow out of shyness, separation anxiety & nervousness
  • Learn the necessary vocabulary words
  • Be familiar with the test for TEST DAY!


About the Test

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) administers the NYC Gifted and Talented Test to children between the ages of four and seven, entering grades K-3, to determine eligibility for a coveted seat in an NYC gifted and talented school or program. The Department of Education (DOE) utilizes two tests which make up the NYC Gifted and Talented Test: the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). These assessments are widely used throughout the country to test for entry into gifted programs, as they are intended to provide a balanced, thorough, and unbiased insight into a child’s verbal and nonverbal intellectual abilities.

Verbal Section (OLSAT)

The verbal component of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test consists of only the verbal questions from the OLSAT, rather than the test in its entirety. There are 30 verbal questions on the verbal section of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test, which account for half of a student’s composite score. The verbal section includes two general question types: Verbal Comprehension and Verbal Reasoning. Within these two larger categories are several more specific question types. See the table below for the specific question types that fall under each of these two categories.

Nonverbal Section (NNAT)

The nonverbal component of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test replaced the Bracken Test in 2012. The NNAT is a nonverbal test which measures abstract spatial thinking skills. Since the NNAT requires very little spoken language (even in its directions), it is considered a better indicator of raw intelligence as it does not discriminate against children whose first language is not English.

The NNAT accounts for half of a student’s overall score on the NYC Gifted and Talented Test. Students are allotted 30 minutes to complete 48 multiple choice questions. Each section of the exam becomes more difficult than the last.

NYC G&T Test Scoring

Every student receives a composite score of both the verbal and nonverbal sections of the NYC G&T Test. Each section is worth 50% of the score. The scores are calculated using several steps:

  • Firstly, the raw scores of each section are calculated. The raw score is determined by the amount of questions answered correctly. The highest possible raw score for the verbal section is 30. For the nonverbal section, it is 48.
  • Next, each student is ranked using age and national norms. These norms are translated into percentiles.
  • Norm ranks are then converted using normal curve equivalents (NCE), which are inputted to a scale curve from which an NCE average is calculated.
  • Students receive a composite G&T score within the NCE scale ranging from 1–99. Students who place above average may be eligible for various NYC G&T programs

How Do I Determine If My Child Is Eligible?

For every G&T program your child applies for, high testing scores are essential.

The Gifted and Talented Programs span across all 32 of NYC’s districts. There are approximately 100 of these G&T programs across the city. Students can only apply to one of the programs located in their district of residence to be considered. These schools require a score of 90 and above.

Citywide Gifted and Talented Programs are open to any student within the five boroughs. These programs are more demanding, and they require a ranking of 97 or more to be considered.

How Should My Child Prepare?

Eligibility for G&T programs can be highly competitive, and requires exceptional NYC G&T score reports. For this reason, it is essential that your child arrive prepared on test day. This is the best, and most secure way to ensure that your child stands out during the admission process.

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