www.nyc.gov/schools/gt

                          Copyright © 2011 by the New York City Department of Education  The New York City Department of Education acknowledges the permission of Harcourt, Inc. for the reprinting of  sections of this handbook and the sample OLSAT.   

 

OVERVIEW
Welcome to the Gifted & Talented admissions process for New York City public schools. This handbook provides information about the Gifted & Talented testing process, assessments, eligibility requirements, placement and test preparation suggestions. We hope this handbook will be a useful tool for you and your family. Throughout the year, we recommend that you check the Gifted & Talented Admissions website for updated information, www.nyc.gov/schools/gt. If you have questions, call the Office of Student Enrollment at 718-935-2009. G&T Programs The New York City Department of Education (DOE) provides Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs for students who score at the 90th percentile or above on a combination of two tests designed to measure intellectual capability and school readiness. In G&T programs, students are grouped together in a class with similar students and receive appropriate instruction in all content areas. The DOE’s recommendation is for teachers assigned to G&T programs to differentiate instruction, provide appropriate enrichment opportunities, compact the curriculum, and/or accelerate the content. Eligibility Testing is available for all pre-kindergarten through second grade students (those born in 2007, 2006, 2005 or 2004) who are current New York City residents. Request for Testing In order for your child(ren) to be eligible for a G&T program in the 2012-2013 school year, you must submit a Request for Testing form on or before Friday, October 28, 2011. G&T Program Offerings G&T programs are offered at a number of schools throughout New York City. A list of schools offering G&T programs in 2011-2012 is provided on pages 9-11 of this handbook. Students who perform at or above the 90th percentile are eligible for placement in G&T District programs. A district program only admits students who live in specific districts. Students scoring at or above the 97th percentile are eligible for placement in district G&T programs and in Citywide G&T programs. A Citywide program admits students from any New York City district.

IMPORTANT DATES
Note: Schools are closed on January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

September 26, 2011 October 28, 2011 September 26 – October 21, 2011 January 3 – February 10, 2012 January 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29; February 4 & 5, 2012 Mid-April 2012 April 20, 2012 Week of May 21, 2012 Week of June 4, 2012

Families begin submitting the Request for Testing (RFT) forms Deadline to submit Request for Testing (RFT) forms Community Information Sessions For dates and locations, please call 718-935-2009 or visit www.nyc.gov/schools/gt Current K-2 Public School Students OLSAT/BSRA testing at school sites Current DOE Pre-K Students and Non-public School Students OLSAT/BSRA testing at selected sites Score reports and applications with available G&T sites communicated to eligible students Applications due Placement offers communicated to families Deadline for families to accept/decline placement offers

1

Mark’s Avenue Brooklyn.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/applyonline. NY 10462 1780 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn. NY 10001 388 West 125th Street. please call 718-935-2009. NY 11233 Staten Island Queens Borough Enrollment Office 333 Seventh Avenue. NY 10301 Bronx Manhattan Brooklyn Students will be tested only if an RFT form is submitted by the deadline. NY 11101 30-48 Linden Place Flushing.m. NY 11217 1665 St. you will receive e-mail notification after your RFT has been submitted. Call 311 to find a library in your area. you must complete a Request for Testing (RFT) form and submit it in one of the following two ways: Online: The online Request for Testing form takes only a few minutes to complete and is available at http://schools. Building A Staten Island. NY 10458 1230 Zerega Avenue Bronx. If you have questions about the Enrollment Offices. Enrollment Office locations are listed below. private school families must submit the form to their local Enrollment Office (see below). October 28. Please ask for a receipt from your school or the Enrollment Office after you submit the form. you can visit a New York City Public Library location. Monday–Friday. you may not complete an application or test prior to your permanent residency in New York City. 2011. 2 . Be sure to keep your receipt. Please save or print the confirmation e-mail for your records. NY 10027 28-11 Queens Plaza North Long Island City. NY 11354 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica. In-Person: If you are unable to submit the RFT online. Offices are generally open from 8:00 a.nyc.REQUEST FOR TESTING INFORMATION If you are interested in having your child attend a New York City public school G&T program. Once you have established permanent residency in New York City. There will be a summer administration for students new to New York City (those who arrived after the fall RFT deadline). NY 11435 715 Ocean Terrace. 7th Floor Bronx. RFT forms submitted by mail will not be accepted.. Public school families must submit the form to their school. you will need to provide proof that it was submitted on time in order to be included in the testing process. NY 11209 29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn. 12th Floor New York.–3:00 p. but your family is moving after the deadline to submit the RFT. please visit an Enrollment Office to meet with a staff member. if your RFT is not received. If you do not currently live in New York City. If you apply online. you should complete the enclosed Request for Testing form. If you do not have access to a computer at home and wish to complete an online RFT. NY 11230 415 89th Street Brooklyn. 7th Floor New York. You should submit only one RFT form per child.m. Borough Enrollment Office 1 Fordham Plaza.

The Assessments: The DOE will utilize two assessment instruments that have been used nationally in many districts. Jr. Please remember that young children (4-year-olds born in 2007) are not expected to bubble in their responses. in the judgment of the test administrator. Parents who are submitting a request to have their pre-kindergarten student tested will be provided with the option to select the date and location for testing. Tests are administered by NYC certified/licensed teachers who are trained by Pearson Assessments. Before the actual OLSAT administration. and the test structure. or site supervisor. Testing will take place during the school day. please continue to fill out the application and contact the Accountability Service Desk at 212-374-6646 or OAservicedesk@schools. Spanish and Urdu. date. The test administrator will record their responses. you will receive notification by USPS mail only. Assessments in Languages Other Than English: Materials related to the New York City DOE G&T assessment program will be available to pre-kindergarten students and all K-2 students with limited English proficiency (LEP) who are receiving mandated LEP services. If. you will receive notification via e-mail and by USPS mail. Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). If for some reason it will not be possible to select a weekend date. The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA) will be used in combination to provide a thorough and balanced look at each child’s intellectual abilities and to identify students who will benefit from participation in a G&T program. 21. Bengali.gov. January 3 – February 10. Important Note for Pre-K Families: All pre-kindergarten testing has shifted to central weekend locations. Day. 22. Additional information about these tests and practice questions can be found in the back of this handbook.nyc. it is only meant to be used to familiarize young children with the test experience. Invalidated tests may not be submitted for scoring. If you submit the RFT form in person. 8. families should review the OLSAT practice materials with their child. principal. 28 & 29 February 4 & 5. the principal or site supervisor must follow the NYCDOE disciplinary procedure for student cheating and invalidate the student’s test. Russian.ASSESSMENT INFORMATION Testing Dates New York City public school students currently in grades K-2 Current DOE Pre-K students Non-public school children currently living in New York City Note: Schools are closed on January 16 for Martin Luther King. Families can also review basic concepts that students are likely to encounter on the BSRA. 2012 If your child is currently enrolled in grades K-2 in a New York City public school. Korean. your child’s school will inform you of the exact test date. but they should also be reminded that they are not expected to know the answer to every question. Children should be encouraged to do their best. Each elementary school will determine the specific testing schedule they will use within the above-mentioned guidelines. Families should read and review any and all information they receive regarding the testing experience. Alternate language assessments are available in Arabic. Families should make sure their child gets adequate sleep and eats a nutritionally balanced meal prior to taking the OLSAT and BSRA. Preparing for the Assessments: There are several things families can do to help their children prepare for the G&T assessments. 15. Haitian Creole. and time by the DOE. 14. 2012 Weekends: January 7. While an OLSAT Practice Test is provided. you will be informed of the scheduled test site. If your child is in Pre-K or not currently enrolled in a New York City public school. 3 . Families can also aid their child’s performance by helping to ease their mind about the test. French. a student has had prior exposure to the test or has given aid to or obtained aid from another person during the test. Reassurance from families can positively impact a child’s test scores. If you submit the RFT form online. some test items.

The test site coordinator will reach out to arrange for a new test date. e. establishing sequence. OVERVIEW OF THE OLSAT AND BSRA TESTS The OLSAT is designed to measure verbal. figural classification. Measures the ability to manipulate or respond to information through listening to language. The BSRA contains the first six subtests of the Bracken Basic Concept Scale (BBCS). recalling words and numbers. Public School Students: If your child is ill on the date of the test administration. Verbal Reasoning. Non-verbal items (Pictorial Reasoning. Pictorial Reasoning. follow directions and understand the vocabulary spoken by the test administrator). Verbal reasoning items on the OLSAT do not correspond to speaking ability. the DOE will administer the shorter BSRA in conjunction with the OLSAT. your child’s school will reschedule the test for another date within the test administration window. Verbal items (Verbal Comprehension. quantitative and figural reasoning skills that are most closely related to scholastic achievement. The OLSAT – Verbal and Non-Verbal Sections: On the OLSAT. pattern matrices. and pictures in a series Assesses reasoning skills independent of language. spatial and arithmetic understandings. All questions are presented in a multiple-choice format. The DOE will make every effort to accommodate. Two of these clusters are verbal and two of these clusters are non-verbal. defining words. The OLSAT measures the cognitive abilities related to determining a child’s aptitude. and Figural Reasoning. and figures in a series Verbal Comprehension Verbal Verbal Reasoning Pictorial Reasoning Non-Verbal Figural Reasoning The BSRA: The BSRA is designed to assess a child’s concept knowledge and receptive language skills for school readiness. This test assesses children’s thinking skills (abstract thinking and reasoning) and provides an understanding of children’s relative strengths and weaknesses in performing a variety of reasoning tasks. e.. solving arithmetic problems. following directions Measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems through the use of language such as aural reasoning and arithmetic reasoning Assesses the ability to reason using pictorial representations such as picture classification. figural analogies. Verbal Reasoning) assess a student’s receptive language skills (their ability to listen carefully. classifying.ASSESSMENT INFORMATION (CONTINUED) Current DOE Pre-K Students and Non-Public School Students: If your child is ill on the date of the test administration.. Figural Reasoning) assess a student’s visual. following directions. Since a high correlation exists between total scores on the BBCS (11 subtests) and the BSRA (6 subtests). picture analogies. Tasks such as detecting likenesses and differences.g. children will be tested in four content clusters: Verbal Comprehension. 4 . and completing analogies are included because they have been shown to be valid measures of an individual’s ability to reason logically.g. It is important to note that the new test date will be established at the discretion of the school. It is possible that a student who is absent on the date of the test administration may be tested on the day s/he returns to school. please call the Accountability Service Desk at (212) 374-6646 on the Monday after the scheduled exam and be prepared to provide the operator with your contact information and the name of the test site where your child was scheduled to take the test.

short. small.nyc. and effectiveness across each age group and for each subtest. reliability. appropriateness of content.gov Additional questions regarding the Assessments can be directed to the Accountability Service Desk at 212-374-6646. Reliability refers to the accuracy and precision of the test scores. and psychologists to ensure that it is of high quality and without bias toward any subgroup. Validity refers to the extent to which the test measures what it is intended to measure. and appropriateness of vocabulary. you must report the problem in writing within 48 hours of the test administration. including gender and ethnic/racial categories. big. two. fit. 5 .and double-digit numerals and samples the child’s ability to assign a number value to a set of objects Measures a child’s knowledge and recognition of terms such as tall. and thick Measures a child’s ability to match and/or differentiate objects based on one or more of the object’s characteristics Measures a child’s understanding of one. accuracy of correct answers. long. All items on the BSRA have been statistically analyzed and evaluated for difficulty. NY 10007 OAServicedesk@schools. The questions have also been reviewed for clarity. bias. Both tests have proven to be reliable and valid assessments according to official studies. Performance and Support via letter or e-mail to: DAPS. plausibility of answer options.OVERVIEW OF THE OLSAT AND BSRA TESTS (CONTINUED) The BSRA (continued): There are six sections. APPEALS PROCESS FOR THE TEST ADMINISTRATION If you wish to report a problem with any test administration. and three-dimensional shapes What standards are used by the OLSAT and BSRA publishers? Each test question on the OLSAT has been rigorously reviewed by educators. Problems must be reported to the Division of Academics. defined below: Colors Letters Numbers/Counting Sizes Comparisons Shapes Measures a child’s knowledge and recognition of colors Measures a child’s knowledge of upper and lowercase letters Measures a child’s recognition of single. G&T Test Administration 52 Chambers Street. Room 309 New York. measurement specialists.

If your child is not currently enrolled in a New York City public school and you submitted an online RFT form. and shapes. ELIGIBILITY Eligibility for District G&T Programs 1. A percentile is not the same as percent correct. comparisons. If your child is not currently enrolled in a New York City public school and you submitted the RFT form in person. the DOE will offer applicants in that district one or more program options in neighboring districts. 6 . Change of Address: If your address changes after you submit the Request for Testing form. Percentile ranks are useful in showing the students’ standing within a group. However.SCORING THE TEST The OLSAT and BSRA materials. sizes. letters. If your child is currently enrolled in a New York City public school. all percentile ranks show the student’s standing in comparison to other students of the same age. What is a percentile rank? A percentile rank shows a student’s relative standing in comparison to other students of the same age. The OLSAT score will be weighted 75% and the BSRA score will be weighted 25% to generate a total G&T percentile rank. please call (718) 935-2009 to have your information updated in the database. Calculating the Score: The scores of the OLSAT and BSRA will be combined to generate a total percentile rank. in cases where the number of applicants who are guaranteed a seat and the number of programs do not align. It is very important that you provide DOE with current and complete addresses and contact information. will be returned to Pearson Assessments for scanning and scoring. Your child must live in New York City both at time of RFT submission and time of application. but should not be used in describing differences between the scores of two or more students. please update your home address information. each child is compared to others within the same three-month age band. you will receive a score report by both e-mail and USPS mail if you applied online or by USPS mail only if you applied in person. which are administered by trained educators. Note: Students eligible for district programs based on the criteria above are only eligible for placement in a program in their district of residence. Your child must score at the 90th percentile or above. 2. The percentile rank is generated based on the child’s age. Only those students who score at or above the 90th percentile will receive an application for G&T programs. you may update your information online. the DOE will consider only the OLSAT score to determine eligibility. Important note for students born in 2003 and 2004 who are applying for a seat in the third grade: Second grade students taking the OLSAT and The BSRA have had more classroom exposure and are expected to have mastered all of the basic readiness skills (colors. The DOE will attempt to have a minimum of one G&T program in each district and may open new classes or programs to accommodate students as needed. numbers/counting. make sure that your new address is updated by your child’s school. When second grade students demonstrate complete mastery of these readiness skills (88/88 on the BSRA). at any time.) which are measured on the BSRA. not grade. Therefore. unless there are special circumstances. Receiving Your Results: After tests have been administered and scored.

811 6. Twins and other multiples will be placed together if each child is eligible for the program.942 1. The fact that a G&T program is located in your child’s current school or in your child’s zoned school does not give your child priority for placement.088 10. test score (percentile rank). The number of eligible students will exceed the number of seats available at these programs. Schools must verify sibling priority. middle school) in September 2012. These applicants are then guaranteed an offer to a district G&T program. family preference. Your child must score at the 97th percentile or above. may receive no offer. The sibling must continue to be enrolled in an elementary school grade (K through 5) in September 2012. However. then sibling priority is not granted. Eligible students with siblings currently attending an elementary school will be placed first. applicants must have a sibling that is currently enrolled or pre-registered in grades K to 4 at the school. To qualify for sibling priority at a school.980 Students Eligible for G&T Placement 4. After eligible siblings.022 1. we encourage you to list the sibling’s school as your first choice.g. families with children who score at the 99th percentile who choose to rank only a few schools. If you rank another G&T program as a higher choice above the sibling’s school. There is no guaranteed offer to any Citywide G&T program. the highest scoring students will be placed. Students who score at or above the 97th percentile are eligible for both Citywide programs and for their district programs. though they could get an offer to a Citywide G&T program if they are eligible and rank it as one of their choices. 2011 Statistics for Students Scoring in the 99th Percentile Applying Grade K 1 2 3 Students Tested 14. Students will only be placed in schools that have declared they have available seats. and available seats. there is no guarantee that a student will receive a placement offer to a Citywide G&T program. If your top priority is for your child to be placed in the G&T program in his/her sibling’s school. Scoring at the 99th Percentile: The most popular G&T programs fill with eligible siblings and children who score at the 99th percentile before all students with a 99th percentile can be placed. 2.106 7 Students Scoring in 99th Percentile 970 180 38 74 . Your child must live in New York City both at time of RFT submission and time of application. your child may be placed in a school other than the sibling’s school. and seat availability. The Citywide G&T programs serve eligible students from all five boroughs. family preferences (ranked program choices). rather than all programs available to them. If the sibling moves on to a different school (e.028 1. The higher scoring sibling is matched through the process detailed above. test score (percentile rank). Can children be guaranteed G&T offers? The only applicants who are guaranteed a G&T program offer are students applying for a kindergarten or first grade seat who rank every district option listed on their application.ELIGIBILITY (CONTINUED) Eligibility for Citywide G&T Programs 1. seats will be assigned by random lottery.. PLACEMENT INFORMATION Placement is based on sibling priority.611 7. Therefore. District G&T programs serve all students in the district and all eligible students are placed using the standard criteria described above: sibling priority. If there are more students within a score group than available seats.

Two or more of my children tested for entrance into a G&T program. You should only list the programs you are interested in having your child attend. 2012 (born in 2006). If you prefer to have your children attend the same school. keep in mind that if your child is entering kindergarten or grade 1 and you want a guaranteed offer to a G&T program. What can I do? You may file a PER for the child who is not eligible for G&T to attend the general education program in the same school. Will she or he be eligible for a Kindergarten G&T class? A child's date of birth determines grade placement in NYC public elementary schools. score (percentile rank). If a parent requests their district G&T student be tested for one of the Citywide G&T programs and the student is found to be ineligible for the Citywide G&T programs. 8 . the DOE cannot guarantee that non-multiple siblings will be placed together. These seats will be filled through an attrition round that takes place after initial placement offers are made. My older child attends a G&T program. you may file a PER for that younger sibling to attend the general education program offered in the same school. Parents submitting a paper application should provide the sibling's current information in the “Siblings” section of the application. 2012. I would like my younger child to be in the same school. If your children are offered placements at different programs. and available seats). Placement will be based on the same criteria as the initial placements (sibling priority. not a Kindergarten G&T seat. then the child is required to attend school and is eligible for a first grade G&T placement. but she or he did not make the eligibility cut-off. However. in the event that a family moves to a different district and there is a G&T program in the new district of residence. you may request they be enrolled at the same school by filing a Placement Exception Request (PER) at your local Enrollment Office (listed on page 2). I would still like them to be in the same school. Placement offers for the attrition round will be made to eligible children who either have not received an offer or who declined an initial offer. family preferences (ranked program choices). Can my child transfer from one district G&T program to another? We do not transfer students from one district G&T program to another. provided there are available seats. Families seeking a transfer based on a change in address should file a PER. you should rank all the district options for which your child is eligible (as listed on the application). a transfer will be considered. If I have two or more eligible children applying to G&T programs. Parents submitting an online application for more than one child will have their applications linked electronically. parents of current district G&T students may fill out a Request for Testing (RFT) form for their child to retest and be considered for placement at a Citywide G&T program. you should complete an application for each child and rank the same schools in the same choice order on both of their applications. this retest score will have no impact on the student’s status in his/her current district G&T program. My child will be 6 years old prior to December 31.ELIGIBILITY AND PLACEMENT: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Do I have to rank all of the programs for which my child is eligible? No. provided there are available seats. If a child will be six years old by December 31. and the student may remain in that program. What can I do? If a younger sibling does not make the qualification cut-off for his or her older sibling’s G&T program. What happens if my child does not receive a G&T offer or if I decline an offer I receive this year? In rare cases. If my child is already in a district G&T program. some G&T programs may have a few seats that become available due to unexpected attrition. you do not. how do I indicate that I want them in the same school? Due to limited seat availability in grades 1 through 3. does she or he need to be retested? Students already enrolled in a district G&T program do not need to be retested to remain in their current program. However. provided there is a seat available in the new district of residence. but only one of them is eligible. However.

S.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray P. 098 Shorac Kappock P. A complete list of programs available to your child will be included on the G&T application.S. 217 Roosevelt Island P. 011 William T. 102 Jacques Cartier P. 007 Kingsbridge P. Finley P. 166 The Richard Rodgers School of The Arts and Technology The Anderson School * TAG Young Scholars * P. Smith P. 009 Sarah Anderson P. 163 Alfred E.S. 033 Chelsea Prep P.S. The X indicates that there is a G&T program at the school for the grade shown in 2011-2012. 110 Florence Nightingale New Explorations into Science.S. the DOE determines the number of programs needed by district based on the number of students who meet the eligibility requirements.S. 182 P.S.S.S. 121 Throop P./I.S. 153 Hellen Keller P. 132 The Conselyea School Magnet School of Math. Please note that not all schools with G&T programs in 2011-2012 will have a G&T program next year. Simon P. Boro M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M X X X X X X K K K K K K K District 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 8 10 10 11 11 12 13 13 13 14 15 15 15 School Code (DBN) 01M110 01M539* 02M011 02M033 02M077 02M116 02M124 02M130 02M198 02M217 03M009 03M163 03M165 03M166 03M334* 04M012* 04M102 05M129 06M098 06M153 08X182 10X007 10X024 11X121 11X153 12X214 13K003 13K009 13K282 14K132 15K010 15K032 15K038 School Name P. 032 Samuel Mills Sprole P. 198 Isador & Ida Straus P. 024 Spuyten Duyvil P. Harris P.S.S. 214 P.S.S.S. Every year.S. 124 Yung Wing P.2011-2012 SCHOOLS WITH G&T CLASSES If my child is eligible.S.S. what G&T programs are available? Below is a list of schools with G&T programs in 2011-2012.S. 130 Hernando De Soto P.S.S. 038 The Pacific X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X K X X X X X 1st X X X X X 2nd X X X X X 3rd X X X X X X X X *denotes current citywide program 9 . 129 John H.S.S.S.S. and some schools not listed may start new G&T classes in 2011-2012. 153 Adam Clayton Powell P.S. Technology and Math School (NEST+M)* P. Bergen P. 282 Park Slope P. Science and Design Technology P.S. 165 Robert E. 77 Lower Lab School P.S. 003 The Bedford Village P.S. 009 Teunis G.

102 The Bayview P.S.S.S.S. 040 George W. 376 P.S. 176 Ovington P. 161 The Crown P.S.S. 215 Morris H.S. K315 P. 230 Doris L.S. 138 Brooklyn P.S. 021 Edward Hart P.S.S.S. 200 Benson School P. 099 Isaac Asimov P. 052 Sheepshead Bay School of Science & Technology P. 290 P.S.S.S. 032 State Street P. 115 Daniel Mucatel School P.S. 276 Louis Marshall P.S.S.S. 312 Bergen Beach P. Berdy P. 229 Dyker The Brooklyn School of Inquiry * Brooklyn School for Global Scholars P. 188 Kingsbury P.S.S. 115 Glen Oaks P.S.S.S. 079 Francis Lewis P. 207 Elizabeth G. Cohen P.S.S.S.S.S.S. Leary P.S.S.S. 195 Manhattan Beach P. 018 Winchester P. 209 Clearview Gardens P. 188 Michael E. 193 Gil Hodges P.S. 159 Isaac Pitkin East New York School of Excellence P. 153 Maspeth Elementary Emanuel Kaplan P. Carver P. 204 Vince Lombardi P. Q016 P. 165 Edith K. 236 Mill Basin P. 189 Lincoln Terrace P. 203 Oakland Gardens K X 1st X 2nd X X 3rd X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 10 *denotes current citywide program .S.S. Bergtraum P.S. 095 The Gravesend P.S. Weiss P.Boro K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q District 15 16 17 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 32 24 24 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 26 26 26 26 School Code (DBN) 15K230 16K040 17K138 17K161 17K189 18K115 18K276 19K159 19K677 20K102 20K176 20K185 20K200 20K204 20K229 20K686* 20K748 21K095 21K099 21K188 21K215 22K052 22K152 22K193 22K195 22K206 22K207 22K236 22K312 22K315 32K376 24Q016 24Q153 24Q229 24Q290 25Q021 25Q032 25Q079 25Q165 25Q209 26Q018 26Q115 26Q188 26Q203 School Name P. 185 Walter Kassenbrock P. 206 Joseph F Lamb P.

S.S. 036 JC Drumgoole P. 085 Judge Charles Vallone P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount P.S. 050 Frank Hankinson P. 144 Col Jeromus Remsen P.S.S.S. Tompkins K X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 1st X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 2nd X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 3rd X X X X X X X X X X X X X *denotes current citywide program Note: G&T Programs are subject to change 11 . 122 Mamie Fay P. 166 Henry Gradstein P. 108 Captain Vincent G.S.S. 150 Queens P. 220 Edward Mandel P.S. 029 Bardwell P.S. 003 The Margaret Gioiosa School P.S. 069 Daniel D.S.Boro Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q R R R R R District 27 27 28 28 28 29 30 30 30 30 31 31 31 31 31 School Code (DBN) 27Q108 27Q232 28Q144 28Q174 28Q220 29Q176 30Q085* 30Q122 30Q150 30Q166 31R003 31R029 31R036 31R050 31R069 School Name P. 176 Cambria Heights STEM* / P. 232 Lindenwood P. Fowler P.S.S.

nyc. but the DOE will provide your child with a MetroCard. Our community information sessions will be held in late September and early October.TRANSPORTATION Placement in a G&T program does not guarantee school bus service. For information about current bus stops at specific schools.nyc. Walking Distance from Child’s Home to School Grade Level K-2 3-4 Less than ½ mile Half fare MTA bus pass No transportation is provided ½ mile or more.gov/schools/gt). This means that an eligible Kindergartener will get a Metro Card if he/she goes to school in another district or is the only person at her/his school who lives far enough from the school such that the DOE cannot create an 11-person / 5-mile bus route. your child will get a yellow school bus if: 1. 12 . please call 718-935-2009. The school has applied to the Office of Pupil Transportation for yellow bus service. If the program your child attends is in the district where you live. For specific dates and locations. The student lives in the same district as the school.gov/schools/subscribe. Eligible students who do not meet these criteria get a MetroCard. 2. The DOE can reach the student and at least 10 other students on a bus route that does not exceed 5 miles in length. they must live in the same borough. In particular. FOR MORE INFORMATION Please check the G&T website periodically for specific information and dates regarding student score reports and program applications (www. the DOE will use the table below to determine whether or not your child gets free transportation. Students who attend one of the five Citywide G&T programs do not have to live in the same district as their school to be considered eligible for transportation. All other eligibility rules apply. please visit the website or call the number above. For additional questions regarding Gifted & Talented. but less than 1 mile Either Yellow Bus or MetroCard 1 mile or more Either Yellow Bus or MetroCard Half fare MTA bus pass If your child’s grade and distance from school falls into a box above for “Either Yellow Bus or MetroCard” category. school bus transportation will not be available.nyc. You can also sign up for our G&T email list at www. please visit: http://schools. Periodic updates will be sent to this mailing list. if the program your child attends is in a different district than where you live.gov/Offices/Transportation/ParentResources/GeneralEducationEligibility. please contact the school directly. Transportation for G&T programs follows the same rules as the rest of general education. There is one transportation exception. and 3. For additional information about transportation eligibility.

please see reverse and check here  Student Information Please print clearly in blue or black ink only. Submission Instructions and Test Dates Submit Online: All families are encouraged to submit the request online at: www. January 3.nyc. Current K-2 Public School Students (not including charter schools) must submit this form to their school by the deadline noted above. Please follow the Submission Instructions below. You must complete either an online form or complete this paper form. October 28. and placement criteria pertaining to the Gifted and Talented process. assessment. Students will be tested at their current school between Tuesday. Non-Public and Charter School Students must submit this form to one of the Enrollment Offices listed on the back of this form by the deadline. Please note: requests submitted to the Department of Education by mail will not be accepted. 28 & 29 or February 4 & 5. 2012 and Friday.Gifted and Talented (G&T) Request for Testing Form Request to Determine Eligibility for G&T Programs for the 2012-2013 School Year For placement in Kindergarten through Third Grade Only parents/guardians who are current New York City residents may submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form for their child to determine eligibility for placement into a Gifted & Talented (G&T) program. The deadline to submit a RFT is Friday. If you are a current DOE Pre-K student and you have a conflict with all weekend test dates listed above. 8. Sibling 1 2 Parent/Guardian information Parent/Guardian First Name Primary Phone Number Parent/Guardian Last Name Alternate Phone Number Email Address Sibling First Name Sibling Last Name Sibling Middle Initial Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) I would like my child to be tested for placement consideration into a Gifted & Talented (G&T) program for the 2012-2013 School Year. 21. 15.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/applyonline Submit a Paper Request: Please review the paper submission instructions on the following page as well as deadline information above.)  English  Arabic  Bengali French  Cantonese  Mandarin NY  Not enrolled in school School DBN (if known)  Haitian-Creole  Korean  Russian  Spanish Urdu Does your child have a visual impairment which requires a large print book for assessment?  Yes  No  No Does your child have a hearing impairment which requires the use of an FM unit for assessment?  Yes Sibling Information Does this applicant have a sibling with the same birth year as the applicant who is also requesting testing for Gifted & Talented programs? If yes. Parent/Guardian Signature: Date: . 2011. 2012. and list each of these siblings below. you must submit an application for each child. I have read the Gifted & Talented Program Test Information Handbook and I understand the timeline. I agree to have my child present on the date of the test administration. Your school will notify you of the exact test date. eligibility. The information I have provided is accurate and truthful. 14. Current DOE Pre-K. 22. Student First Name Student Last Name Student Middle Initial Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) OSIS #/Student ID # (if applicable) Student Current Grade  Not Enrolled  PK  K  1  2 Grade in 2012-2013 K 1 2 3 Gender (optional) M F State Zip Code House # Street Name Apartment # Borough  Bronx  Brooklyn  Manhattan  Queens  Staten Island Current School Status (Child is currently enrolled in which of the following? Select one only)  NYC public school  NYC charter school Community-based organization  Private/parochial school (non-charter) (CBO) program Current School Name Testing Services Information In which language would you like your child to be tested? (Select one only. February 10. You will be notified of the exact test site and date by the Office of Assessment. 2012. These students will be tested on one of the following weekend days: January 7.

NY 11233 Staten Island Queens Borough Enrollment Office 333 Seventh Avenue. NY 11230 415 89th Street Brooklyn. October 28. The parent coordinator at your child’s school may also be able to assist you. Your school will notify you of the exact test date. All Pre-K testing has shifted to central weekend locations on the dates listed on the RFT. NY 11217 1665 St. NY 11209 29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn. NY 10462 1780 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn.Gifted and Talented (G&T) Request for Testing Application Instructions Please read the below instructions carefully.gov. 2011. NY 10301 Bronx Manhattan Brooklyn . NY 11354 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica. Students will only be tested if an RFT form is submitted by the deadline. 2011. NY 10027 28-11 Queens Plaza North Long Island City. NY 11101 30-48 Linden Place Flushing. NY 10001 388 West 125th Street. January 3. NY 10458 1230 Zerega Avenue Bronx.nyc. If you have any questions. Be sure to keep your receipt. Monday-Friday. October 28. Building A Staten Island. If for some reason it will not be possible for your child to test on a weekend date. 7th Floor New York. if your request is not received. o o Enrollment Offices are open from 8:00am-3:00pm. 2012 and Friday. Mark's Avenue Brooklyn. Students will be tested at their current school between Tuesday. you will need to provide proof that it was submitted on time in order to be included in the testing process. 7th Floor Bronx. Current DOE Pre-K Students must submit this form to one of the Enrollment Offices listed below on or before Friday. Non-Public and Charter School Students must submit this form to one of the Enrollment Offices listed below on or before Friday. You will be notified of the exact test site and date by the Office of Assessment. February 10. October 28. Call 311 to find a library in your area. 2011.nyc. Borough Enrollment Office 1 Fordham Plaza. 2011. Online Application Submission Instructions: o The online Request for Testing form only takes a few minutes to complete and is available at www. call 718-935-2009. Families that do not have access to a computer at home and wish to complete an online RFT can do so at one of the many New York City Public Library locations.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/applyonline. 2012. October 28. NY 11435 715 Ocean Terrace. Friday. Non-public and charter school students will be tested on weekend dates as listed on the RFT. please continue to fill out the application and contact 212-374-6646 or OAservicedesk@schools. Paper Application Submission Instructions: o Public School Students (not including charter schools) must submit this form to their school by Friday. Families who apply online will receive email notification that their request has been submitted. 12th Floor New York.

 It is your responsibility to  protect the security of the practice test by agreeing to the following:    • Not to share or discuss the contents of the test.    • Not to copy any part of the test or the directions.    For parents of Pre‐K children: Please note that students are not expected to bubble in answers  in the test booklet.  .    Enclosed is the Otis‐Lennon School Ability Test: Seventh Edition (OLSAT) Practice Test. they must be able to clearly indicate with a pencil their answer  choice for each item. however. The practice tests for the OLSAT are highly secure. You may  use this practice test to familiarize your child with the types of questions they will encounter on  the actual test. with anyone. generally or specifically.OTIS‐LENNON SCHOOL ABILITY TEST  PRACTICE TEST    Dear Parents/Guardians.    • Only those children whose parents/guardians have completed an application to take the  assessment for admission to a NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented  Program may use the practice materials.

Standardization edition copyright © 1995 by Harcourt Brace and Company. electronic or mechanical. or any information storage and retrieval system. without permission in writing from the publisher. Portions of this work were previously published. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.OLSAT Otis-Lennon School Ability Test Seventh Edition Arthur S. Printed in the United States of America. Otis • Roger T. Lennon Directions for Administering Practice Test Level C 0158610326 Copyright © 2008 by Harcourt Assessment.. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means. 1 . All rights reserved. HARCOURT and the Harcourt Logo are trademarks of Harcourt. recording. including photocopy. Inc. Otis-Lennon School Ability Test and OLSAT are trademarks registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions. Inc.

Directions for Administering Practice Test The purpose of this Practice Test is to prepare students for taking the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). correct responses to the questions are printed on page 11. Practice Tests help students understand what to expect on the real test. For most effective use. 2 . thus reducing anxiety. so that they will be familiar with the types of questions that appear on the test. students should be given as much help as they need to complete the questions successfully. to mark their answers properly. and to change their answers when necessary. They will learn to follow a row across the page from left to right. For your convenience. Therefore. The Practice Test is not scored. the Practice Test should be administered approximately one week before the regular test administration.

and the telephone’s numbers are missing. I am going to give you a booklet. Show your child how to mark the answer space by drawing an answer circle and filling it in. the table’s leg is missing. SAY 1 Find the group of pictures at the top of the page by the number 1. In this row. you will fill in the space under the rabbit. The rabbit is the one that is different. the boy’s mouth is missing. Make sure that the directions are being followed correctly. stop and say. Directions to the parent (not to be read aloud) are in regular type. SAY Today we are going to do some interesting activities that are like puzzles. This is how you mark. and all the space within the circles does not have to be filled in. like puzzles. Be sure your child gets a booklet. When pictures go across the page like this. One of these pictures does not belong because it is not like the other pictures. so it does not belong with the other pictures in this row. We will discuss each problem as we go along. Since the rabbit does not belong with the other pictures in this row. Open your booklet to page 3. Listen again. we say they are in a row. so that you will understand how they all work. Your child need not keep the marks completely within the answer circles. Can you tell me which one of these pictures is different form the others? Pause for reply. that is wrong. Leave your booklet closed until I tell you what to do. a pencil. SAY Now I will show you how to mark your answer. Do you see the little circles under the pictures? We call these answer spaces. Show your child how to erase an answer they might want to change. Mark your answers in your booklet.” Then read the question or direction correctly. Now begin the Practice Test. The rabbit is not missing anything. If you make a mistake in reading a question during the test. SAY We are going to work some problems now. You will probably find them to be interesting and unusual. that’s right. Make sure that your child has opened their booklet correctly and has page 3 showing.Specific Directions for Administering All directions to be read to the students are in bold type. Bold-face directions make it easy to dictate questions to students. isn’t it? All of the other pictures are missing something. Distribute the Practice Test booklet. you see five pictures. “No. The clock’s hands are missing. and an eraser. SAY Yes. 3 . Many students benefit from being shown how to mark an answer space. with the front cover facing up.

that’s right. The fourth arrow does not belong with the others. Pause while your child marks the answer. 4 . you see some figures. All of these pictures show things that can be carried. One of these arrows does not belong with the others. you should have marked the space under the first picture. Do you understand? Answer all questions.SAY 2 Now look at question 2. SAY Yes. SAY 4 Now look at question 4. Do you understand? Answer any questions. but four of the things are used to carry other things. Pause while your child marks the answers. Mark the space under the fourth arrow. The radio is the only thing that cannot be used to carry other things. not all of them. but the fourth arrow goes the other way. Let’s see why. Be sure your child understands question 3. SAY 3 Now look at question 3. Then go on to question 3. the last figure is the one that is different. In the last figure. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for reply. you see some round arrows. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for reply. Then go on to question 4. Which one does not belong? Pause for reply. Mark the space under the picture that does not belong with the others. the slanted line crosses only four lines. Mark the space under the figure that does not belong with the others. In this row. SAY Yes. In this row. In this row. This arrow is different form the others because it is going in a different direction than the others. All of the other arrows are going in the same direction as a clock goes. SAY Yes. Do you understand why the first picture is the right answer? Careful explanations help students to understand why wrong answers are wrong. isn’t it? All of the figures have a slanted line that crosses all of the straight lines. you see some pictures of different things. Make sure your child is filling in the answer space correctly.

Each format change in the test is explained carefully to students. Then go on to question 6. SAY You should have marked the answer space under the third picture. A car tire goes with a steering wheel in the same way that a bicycle tire goes with the bicycle handlebars. If you marked a different answer. What goes with the shape on the bottom row in the same way that the two shapes on the top row go together? Find your answers in the row next to the boxes and mark under it. Pause to give your child time to erase and mark the correct answer. That square would also turn so that the shaded parts are on the top and the bottom. Then find your answer in the row next to the boxes and mark under it. Now look at the picture in the first box on the bottom. Think about what should be in the empty box next to it. erase your mark and then mark the space under the fifth figure. Here you see another kind of shape. Pause for your child to erase and mark the answer correctly. The second box has the same circle. The first box on the top has a circle with two white parts and two shaded parts. These pictures go together in a certain way. The Practice Test allows unlimited time for making sure students understand the process. Then go on to question 7. Now look at the first box on the bottom. SAY Are there any questions? Answer all questions. Now let’s see why. 5 . but it is turned so that the shaded parts are on the top and the bottom. SAY Now turn to page 4. Repeat the explanation. Pause. Now look at the square in the first box on the bottom. Look at the pictures in the two boxes on top. the shaded parts are on the two sides. if necessary. Pause while your child marks the answer. 5 Look at question 5 at the top of the page. Do you see why the third answer is the correct one? Answer all questions. SAY You should have marked the answer space under the first picture. SAY 6 Now look at question 6. erase your mark and then mark the first answer space. Think about what should be in the empty box next to it.SAY If you marked the space under a different box. Look at the shapes in the two boxes on top. These shapes go together in a certain way.

The vacuum is a modern way of cleaning. and it has the bottom half shaded. A candle is something that makes light. The other answers are wrong because they are not shaded correctly or they are not the same shape. These pictures go together in a certain way. if necessary. Mark the space under your answer. Look at the boxes again. This figure is white like the one on top. Think about what should be in the empty box next to the candle. Pause while your child marks the answer. the same figure has the bottom half shaded. The light bulb in the next part of the row is the correct answer because it is a modern way to make light. Look at the figures in the next part of the row. explaining further if necessary. Look at the figures in the two boxes on top. Pause while your child marks the answer. Look at the pictures in the two boxes on top. Then find your answer in the row next to the boxes and mark the space under it.SAY 7 Now look at question 7. In the first box on top. Look at the pictures in the top row of the box. Do you understand why the third answer is the correct one? Answer any questions the your child may have. the light bulb. SAY If you marked the space under a different answer. SAY You should have marked the answer space under the third figure. SAY Look at question 8. Now look at the first box on the bottom. Now look at the figure in the first box on the bottom. In the second box. The third figure is the same shape as the first figure on the bottom. you should have marked the space under the last picture. erase your mark and then mark the space under the light bulb. 6 . Pause for your child to erase and mark the answer correctly. Students are encouraged to become comfortable with erasing answers and changing them. Repeat the explanation. Then go on to question 8. Here you see a candle. Think about how these two pictures go together. Do you understand why the light bulb is the correct answer? Answer any questions. Think about what should be in the empty box next to it. Let’s see why. Now look at the figure in the first box on the bottom. These figures go together in a certain way. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for reply. the figure is white. SAY Yes. Both a broom and a vacuum are things to clean with. Now look at the picture in the first box on the bottom.

Do you understand? Make sure your child understands. Raise your hand if you have a question. They have just enough crackers to have two each. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for reply.SAY Now go to the top of the next page. These pictures go together in a certain way. What belongs in the empty box? Pause for response. mark under the picture that shows how many crackers they have all together. Pause while your child marks the answer. Then go on to number 11. In the next part of the row. Look at the pictures in the boxes at the beginning of the row. You just need to listen carefully. we know that the square with the arrow pointing to the right is not the correct answer. but the arrow is pointing to the right. a square has an arrow pointing down. The second box has a circle with an arrow pointing to the left. Pause for reply. The next box has a circle again. For Gloria and her friends to have two crackers each. What is happening from box to box to box? All of the skills assessed in OLSAT are included in the Practice Test. Answer all questions. but the arrow is pointing up. 9 Look at question 9. 7 . you should have marked the space under the third picture. You should mark under the first answer. shouldn’t it? So we know both of the circle answers are wrong. You can see that the arithmetic isn’t hard. Let’s figure out together what belongs in that box. Something belongs in the empty box. In the first box. SAY Yes. there are figures with arrows pointing in different directions. if necessary. page 5. SAY 10 Now look at question 10. The third box has a square again. Explain further. the square with the arrow pointing down. Since the arrows inside the squares in the boxes go only up and down. there would need to be eight crackers. SAY A square should be the next figure to go in the box. SAY Yes. The picture at the beginning of the row shows Gloria and her friends.

8 . Something belongs in the empty space. Listen again. Think about what should go in the empty space. Pause while your child marks the answer. In the next part of the row. mark under the picture that shows Liz and Matt’s lunches now. 13 The pictures in the box go together in a certain way. Pause while your child marks the answer. and a C stands for an M. Liz and Matt’s lunches are shown in the picture at the beginning of the row. In the next part of the row. And a C stands for an M. Pause while your child marks the answer. SAY The second picture is the right answer. An X stands for an A. Matt only ate his apple.SAY 11 Now go to question 11. The Practice Test includes questions at all difficulty levels. Pause for your child to erase and mark the answer correctly. Do you have any questions about what we just did? Answer any questions your child may have. mark under the letters that stand for an A and an M. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for reply. In the next part of the row. isn’t it? The second picture shows one lunch with half of the sandwich and all of the juice gone and the other lunch with only the apple gone. Listen to this rule. Listen. Then mark under your answer in the next part of the row. SAY Now turn the page. erase your mark and fill in the space under the second picture. mark under the letters that stand for an A and an M. we know that the letter X should go first. so that students learn what to expect on the real test. Then Liz ate half of her sandwich and drank all of her juice. Look at the letters in the box at the beginning of the row. Engaging art makes the testing process less of a chore for students. so the letter C is next. Since an X stands for an A. and a C stands for an M. An X stands for an A. SAY Have you found the answer? Pause for response. Look at row 13. SAY You should have marked the answer space under the second set of letters. SAY 12 Now look at question 12. If you marked a different answer.

Listen again to what happens. The last row shows large squares with small gray circles inside them. The M moves to where the G is. SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for response. stand. Mark under your answer. and the G. SAY Yes. The curved arrow means sit. SAY 15 Now go to the next row. the F. SAY 14 Look at question 14. then there are three circles. Explain further if necessary. You can see that the M has moved to where the G was. and B have dropped out. and then two circles. Look at the letters in the boxes at the beginning of the row. In the next part of the row. The J moves to where the F is. The next row shows large circles with small white squares inside them. there are large squares with small white circles inside them. The broken arrow means jump. and the B drop out. The J moves to where the F is. the first answer is the correct one. SAY That’s right. In the next part of the row. SAY Which picture did you mark? Pause for response. There are four circles and then three. mark under the group of arrows that means sit. Are there any questions? Answer any questions. F. Listen to what happens. stand.SAY In the first row on top. mark under the picture that shows how the letters look now. 9 . the J has moved to where the F was. The straight arrow means stand. stand. Look at the three arrows at the beginning of the row. and the B drop out. the F. stand. the third answer is the correct one. The other answers are wrong because the M and the J are in the wrong places or there are letters in the boxes that should have dropped out. First there are four small circles. Do you understand why the fourth answer is the correct one? Answer any questions. The G. You should have marked under the last answer. jump. Did you mark the first answer? Explain question 15 further. The G. It is the only answer with a group of arrows that means sit. jump. The M moves to where the G is. Pause while your child marks the answer. a large square with two small gray circles inside. Pause while your child marks the answer. if necessary.

It is the only picture with two tall children wearing hats standing behind three short children without hats. SAY That is all we will do now. Pause while your child marks the answer. Put your pencil down. we will be doing some more problems like these. 10 . SAY Which space did you mark? Pause for response. SAY Yes. Do you understand? Make sure that your child understands question 16. the fourth answer is the correct one.SAY 16 Look at the last row. because you will remember how they work. In a few days. Collect the test booklet. This concludes the Practice Test. Close your booklet so that the front cover is on top. Mark under the picture that shows this: Two tall children wearing hats are behind three short children without hats. They will seem familiar to you.

List of Correct Responses 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 3 4 1 5 1 3 4 3 1 3 2 2 4 3 1 4 11 .

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Gf d T l td ie & a ne t e Po rm H n b o rga a d o k .