Q. What is the “gifted and talented” program?
A. NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented programs provide challenging instruction to children with exceptional academic capacity. In G&T programs, students are grouped together in a class with similar students and receive appropriate instruction in all content areas.
Q. How is it different from a “regular” class?
A. The DOE’s recommendation is for teachers assigned to G&T programs to differentiate instruction, provide appropriate enrichment opportunities, compact the curriculum, and accelerate the content.
Q. How is the test structured?
A. There are two assessment exams that compose the G&T admissions test: NNAT and OLSAT. The total test is partitioned into “nonverbal” and “verbal” sections, which are also composed of sub-clusters.
|Verbal||Verbal Comprehension||Measures the ability to manipulate or respond to information through listening to language; e.g., following directions|
|Verbal Reasoning||Measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems through the use of language such as aural reasoning and arithmetic reasoning|
|Nonverbal||Pattern Completion||Students will look at a design and identify which portion is missing|
|Reasoning by Analogy||Students will recognize relationships between several geometric shapes|
|Serial Reasoning||Students will recognize the sequence of shapes|
|Spatial Visualization||Students will recognize how two or more objects would look if combined|
Q. What score will qualify my child?
A. Your child must score at the 90th percentile or above for District G&T Programs and at the 97th percentile or above for the Citywide G&T schools.
Q. How is the score calculated?
A. The scores of the assessments will be combined to generate a percentile rank. Scores will be calculated based on the weight of each assessment and the student’s age. The verbal score will be weighted approximately 1/3 and the nonverbal score will be weighted approximately 2/3.
Q. How do you prepare your students?
A. 2013-14 Courses Available (most effective if taken in order listed):
- 2013 Summer 8-wk/6-wk Semester: July 1–Aug. 29/Aug.8, Mon.-Thurs., 9:00am–1:45pm
- Pre-K 2013–14 Fall “LITTLE SCHOLARS” 32-wk Semester: Sat., Sept. 14 –June 6, 10:00am–11:30am
- 2013-14 Weekday GT Prep: Tues., Thurs., Sept.10–test date, 3:50pm–5:50pm
- 2013 10 day GT Crash Course: Dec. 7–Jan. 4, 12:00pm–1:30pm