About the Test

Who takes this test?

Students applying to NYC’s public Gifted and Talented programs for grades Kindergarten through third must take an exam consisting of the verbal portion of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) along with the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT®2).

What does this test measure?

The OLSAT is designed to assess a student’s receptive language skills and the NNAT®2 is designed to provide a nonverbal measure of general ability.

What is on this test?

The OLSAT portion consists of the following subtests: Following Directions, Aural Reasoning and Arithmetic Reasoning. The NNAT®2 consists of the following subtests: Pattern Completion, Reasoning by Analogy, Serial Reasoning, and Spatial Visualization.

How is this test administered?

The G&T exam is a multiple choice format with 30 OLSAT questions and 48 NNAT®2 questions. The Kindergarten entry exam is administered in a one-on-one setting and students can simply point to their answer choice. The first to third grade exam is administered in a group setting and students are expected to bubble in their answer choices.

How is this test scored?

Each child’s NNAT®2 and OLSAT are both scored and combined to create a percentile rank. The scores are calculated based on the weight of each assessment and the student’s age. In 2013, the final weights assigned to each component were 65% NNAT®2 and 35% OLSAT.


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