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Gifted and Talented Test


Structure and details

The Gifted and Talented Test consists of two parts. One part consists of the nonverbal items from the NNAT-2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, 2nd Edition) and the second includes the verbal test items from the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test).

  1. The 48 NNAT-2 questions measure reasoning skills without the use of spoken language. Children performs tasks such as completing patterns, sequencing, and connecting ideas in an attempt to demonstrate an understanding of relationships and an ability to solve problems.
  2. The 30 OLSAT questions measure reasoning and comprehension skills and require children to pay attention and listen carefully to oral instructions. The assessment includes tasks such as detecting likenesses and differences, recalling words and numbers, defining words, following directions, establishing sequence, and solving arithmetic problems.

There is no time limitation set for the test, which usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour to complete.

All test questions are multiple-choice. Answers for both parts of the test are combined and machine-scored between 1 and 99.

We got our test scores. What's next?

All the students who took the test will recieve test results in the Spring (usually by the end of April). If your child scores 90 or above, you will get a G&T application to submit for placement at New York G&T (Gifted and Talented) programs.

If score is 89 or lower, you can register to retake the test the following school year. Children who attend Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, or 2nd Grade, are eligible to take the test. In 2020, kids who were born in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 will be eligible to take G&T test.

If your child got a score of 90-96, he/she is eligible to apply for the District G&T programs. These programs give priority to students who live in particular school districts. These programs are located in a number of district elementary schools, Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Students in these programs attend G&T classes in the majority of subject areas, but may share classes such as music and physical education with students who are not enrolled G&T programs.

If your child earned a score of 97-99, he/she is also eligible to apply for the Citywide G&T Programs that are schoolwide. All the students enrolled in these schools are in the G&T program, and all the areas of study are designed for G&T. However, many of these schools limit admissions to children who score in the 99th percentile.

The following are citywide programs: