Admission Tests Preparation

What Is the 2017 NYC Gifted & Talented Test?

The NYC Gifted & Talented Test determines eligibility for admission into New York City Gifted & Talented schools and programs. It includes both verbal questions taken from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and nonverbal questions taken from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). Continue reading to learn about the various ways to prepare for this test.
NYC G&T Practice Tests for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Full-length tests, video tutorials and additional practice drills.

From $89

Prepare for the NYC G&T Test (2017)

With the 2017 NYC G&T testing season just around the corner, we know that stress levels can be high, both for you and your child. We recommend that you learn about the test and familiarize your child with the content and format of the exam in order to reduce anxiety. Below you will find free practice materials, grade-specific practice kits, and useful information.

Good Luck!

- The TestPrep-Online Team

NYC Gifted and Talented Practice Test:

NYC G&T Test Pre-K and Kindergarten

NYC G&T Test 1st Grade

NYC G&T Test 2nd Grade

Free Sample Tests:

NYC G&T Pre-K and Kindergarten Free Sample Test

NYC G&T 1st Grade Free Sample Test

NYC G&T 2nd Grade Free Sample Test

About the Test

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) administers the NYC Gifted and Talented Test to children ages 4-7 for entry to grades K-3 to determine eligibility for a coveted seat in an NYC gifted and talented school or program. The DOE utilizes two tests which make up the NYC Gifted and Talented Test: the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). These assessments are widely used throughout the country to test for entry into gifted programs, as they are intended to provide a balanced, thorough, and unbiased insight regarding a child’s verbal and nonverbal intellectual abilities.

Back to top

Verbal Section (OLSAT)

The verbal component of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test consists of only the verbal questions from the OLSAT8, rather than the test in its entirety. There are 30 verbal questions on the verbal section of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test, which account for half of a student’s composite score. The verbal section includes two general question types: Verbal Comprehension and Verbal Reasoning. Within these two larger categories are several more specific question types. See the table below for the specific question types that fall under each of these two categories.

Verbal Comprehension

Verbal Reasoning

Following Directions

Aural Reasoning

Arithmetic Reasoning


Logical Selection

Word/Letter Matrix

Sentence Completion

Verbal Analogies

Verbal Classification

Sentence Arrangement


The following table details the three specific question types that appear on the Level A, Level B, and Level C NYC Gifted and Talented Test.

Question Type


Following Directions

Following Directions questions assess a child’s ability to match a verbal description to a pictorial representation. Following Directions questions require children to apply relational concepts such as “above,” “between,” or “next to.”

Aural Reasoning

Aural Reasoning questions require students to examine characteristics, functions, and classifications. Children partake in a cognitive process in which they visualize a given situation, integrate relevant details, and form a complete picture of what has been described (main idea, details, inferences, and probable outcomes).

Arithmetic Reasoning

Arithmetic Reasoning questions assess a child’s ability to solve verbal problems that draw upon numerical reasoning for their solution. These questions assess a child’s ability to use numbers in order to infer relationships, deduce computational rules, and predict outcomes.

Back to top

Nonverbal Section (NNAT)

The nonverbal component of the NYC Gifted and Talented Test replaced the Bracken Test in 2012. The NNAT is a nonverbal test which measures abstract spatial thinking skills. Since the NNAT requires very little language spoken (even in its directions), it is considered a better indicator of raw intelligence as it does not discriminate against children whose first language is not English.

The NNAT accounts for 1/2 of a student’s overall score on the NYC Gifted and Talented Test. Students are allotted 30 minutes to complete 48 multiple choice questions. Each section of the exam becomes more difficult than the last.

Question Type


Pattern Completion

In Pattern Completion items students are given a design and asked to identify which portion is missing.

Reasoning by Analogy

In Reasoning by Analogy questions students must recognize relationships between several geometric shapes.

Serial Reasoning

Serial Reasoning questions require students to recognize the sequence of shapes.

Spatial Visualization

In Spatial Visualization questions students must combine two or more objects and find what the resulting figure will look like.

Back to top

Should My Child Take the NYC G&T Test?

It can be difficult to identify if your child is gifted or not, and whether or not they should take a gifted test. It is important to know the differences between a gifted child a bright child. It is also important to be able to identify the various characteristics of gifted children.

Back to top

NYC G&T Test Scoring

Every student receives a composite score of both the verbal and nonverbal sections of the G&T Test. Each section is worth 50% of the score. The scores are calculated using several steps:

  • Firstly, the raw scores of each section are calculated. The raw score is determined simply based on the amount of questions answered correctly. The highest possible raw score for the verbal section is 30. A score of 48 is the highest score on the nonverbal section.
  • Next, each student is ranked using age and national norms. These norms are translated into percentiles.
  • Norm ranks are then converted using normal curve equivalents (NCE), which are inputted to a scale curve from which an NCE average is calculated.
  • Students receive a composite G&T score within the NCE scale ranging from 1–99. Students who place above average may be eligible for various G&T programs.

How Do I Determine If My Child Is Eligible?

There are two Gifted and Talented programs available in New York City:

The District Gifted and Talented Programs span across all 32 of NYC’s districts. There are approximately 100 of these G&T programs across the city. Students can only apply to one of the programs located in their district of residence to be considered. These schools require a score of 90 and above.

Citywide Gifted and Talented Programs are open to any student within the five boroughs. These programs are more demanding, and they require a 97 rank and above for consideration.

For a more detailed overview of the various G&T programs, visit our NYC G&T Programs Explained page.

Back to top

How Should My Child Prepare?

Preparing your child for the G&T Test is crucial to his or her success. Eligibility for G&T programs is extremely competitive and not easy to achieve. For this reason, it is essential that your child arrive prepared on test day. With TestPrep-Online, you can ensure that you are providing your child with top-notch test preparation. Try our comprehensive study packs to guarantee your child is prepared. These study packs include full-length, realistic practice tests, five NNAT video tutorials, hundreds of practice questions, and helpful study guides designed to give you realistic examples of the actual NYC G&T Test.

Back to top

Hear What Parents Have to Say

Back to top

The New York City Gifted and Talented Test and other trademarks are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with TestPrep-Online or this website.

Questions? Comments?

"We really like that we can watch the video academy multiple times. The site is easy and comfortable to use and I would recommend it to other parents of gifted children."  
Anonymous, NY (OLSAT/NNAT Bundle B Premium) 
Created by red-id