Understanding the NYC Gifted and Talented Process

September 6, 2016

Bright Kids was originally founded to help students prepare for the Gifted and Talented exam and has qualified over 90 percent of students. Before deciding whether the Gifted and Talented exam is right for your child, it is important to know the following general information.


The G&T is comprised of two parts: the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3).  


The NNAT is the nonverbal component, with sections on serial reasoning, spatial reasoning, reasoning by analogy and pattern completion. It measures raw intellectual ability and is culturally neutral. It tests a student’s capacity for logical thought and analytical reasoning without requiring a student to read, write or speak. The assessment is comprised of abstract shapes and designs, which allows for unbiased scoring regardless of the student’s background.

The OLSAT is the verbal component, which is comprised of verbal comprehension and verbal reasoning questions. Verbal comprehension questions measure the ability to manipulate or respond to information by listening to language. Verbal reasoning measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems using language.  


The G&T is administered by the Department of Education from early January to late February. It is administered differently depending on the age of the student. Kindergarten age students take the test in a one-on-one environment where they point to answers and the proctor will bubble the answers in for them. Students in the first, second or third grade are administered the assessment in a group setting and must fill in the answers themselves. It is important to note that prior to the test parents must fill out a testing request form (RFT) in the October before the testing date.


In order for a student to qualify for district programs, they must score in the 90th percentile; however, at Bright Kids we strive for the 99th percentile. Another important thing to take note of is the sibling priority rule. If there is an older sibling enrolled in a G&T program, the younger child can rank in a lower percentile but still reserve a seat.


The G&T test is a difficult one and is best taken after preparation. At Bright Kids we offer an assortment of testing options including in-office boot camps, out-of-office sessions, and skill-builder foundational courses. Boot camp consists of one-on-one sessions beginning with a diagnostic. Following the diagnostic are teaching sessions, publications for at-home studying, and mock tests to gauge how well your child will perform.


For more information on the G&T and to find out if it’s right for your student, feel free to contact the Bright Kids office by emailing info@brightkids.com.


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