New York City Gifted & Talented Exam Description

Background on the Test:
The Gifted and Talented Exam is comprised of two assessments which measure verbal and
nonverbal abilities.

The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test®, 8th Edition (OLSAT®8) measures verbal reasoning
and comprehension skills, as well as abstract thinking and mental math skills. Test items are
presented in a multiple-choice format and are proven valid measures of logical reasoning skills.
In New York City, only the verbal section is administered. Students complete the following

• Following Directions: Select a picture that corresponds to a verbal description read
• Aural Reasoning: Visualize a situation, integrate appropriate details, and synthesize what
has been described.
• Arithmetic Reasoning: Incorporate basic number reasoning into verbal problems.

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test®, 2nd Edition (NNAT®2) is a measure of students’ nonverbal abilities, including critical thinking and problem solving using nonverbal reasoning skills. There are four types of nonverbal tasks measured in the NNAT®2:

• Pattern Completion: Look at a design and identify which portion is missing.
• Reasoning by Analogy: Consider relationships between several geometric shapes.
• Serial Reasoning: Determine a sequence in a series of shapes.
• Spatial Visualization: Visualize how two or more objects would look if combined.

The New York City Department of Education administers this exam in January for students looking to gain entrance into kindergarten, first, second, or third grade Gifted and Talented programs. To qualify for a districtwide program, students must get a combined score in the 90th percentile or above. A combined score in the 97th percentile and above qualifies students for placement into one of five citywide programs: NEST+m (Manhattan), The Anderson School (Manhattan), TAG (Manhattan), BSI (Brooklyn), and STEM (Queens).

Bright Kids NYC is in no way affiliated with the New York City Department of Education.

Additional Resources:

New York City Department of Education website with more information on Gifted and Talented admissions: