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.