Tuesday, August 30, 2016

About Gifted and Talented Admissions Tests

About Gifted and Talented Admissions Tests
The NYC Department of Education uses two assessments to determine if a child is eligible to apply for a G&T program: nonverbal test items from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (“NNAT”) and verbal test items from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (“OLSAT”). Assessing children in both nonverbal and verbal domains provides a balanced look at each child’s intellectual abilities. Exams are administered by New York State certified, New York City teachers who are trained to administer both assessments. The nonverbal assessment is administered first, followed by the verbal assessment.
All items are presented in a multiple-choice format. The Nonverbal Assessment (NNAT) The nonverbal G&T assessment is designed to measure nonverbal reasoning skills and general problem solving ability without the use of language. Tasks such as completing patterns, sequencing, and connecting ideas are included because they have been shown to be a valid measure of problem-solving abilities, regardless of a student’s primary language, socioeconomic background, culture, or prior academic experience. Children will be tested on their ability to solve problems and to demonstrate an understanding of relationships.  There are four types of nonverbal test questions: Pattern Completion, Reasoning by Analogy, Serial Reasoning, and Spatial Visualization.
Kweller Prep offers after school ELA and MATH programs starting January of each year afterschool and on weekends. 

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