About the OLSAT Level A

The OLSAT Level A is the first OLSAT Test level and is typically administered to students in Pre-K and kindergarten. The OLSAT Level A tests the verbal and nonverbal skills of young children and is often used as a tool when considering admission to gifted schools and gifted programs. In the OLSAT Level A there are a lot of questions which involve pictures, figures, and patterns, reflecting how children learn and think at this age.

How to Prepare for the OLSAT

Preparing for the OLSAT Level A test is important. If your child is familiar with the test, the better s/he will perform on the exam. Help your child prepare with TestPrep-Online's practice pack, which includes OLSAT Level A sample tests. Our practice packs include full-length OLSAT sample tests, additional practice questions, as well as the OLSAT Video Academy for Premium packs and selected levels.

OLSAT Test Format

Children in pre-k take an OLSAT Test with 40 questions (16 verbal and 24 nonverbal) to complete while children in kindergarten take a test with 60 questions (30 verbal and 30 nonverbal) to complete. Both student in pre-k as well as those in kindergarten are provided with 77 minutes to complete the OLSAT Test. OLSAT Level A scores are measured across other students within the same three-month age group (i.e., students born on January 30th through April 30th of the same year are compared to one another), as the rapid cognitive growth that occurs during this age group is significant.

Most commonly, the OLSAT Level A for pre-k-k is administered to children one-on-one. Since at the age of five and six children are still developing their reading and writing skills, OLSAT Test administrators will read the directions, examples and test questions aloud to students. The content of the OLSAT Level A will be read aloud only once, therefore, it is important that your child be familiar with OLSAT Level A test questions.

While practicing, the instructions of each question should be read aloud (once) to the child, as is done on the actual OLSAT Test. For your convenience, TestPrep-Online currently provides audio instructions for the following question types: Following Directions, Aural Reasoning, Arithmetic Reasoning.

Test Level
Grade Pre-K and K
Level A
Verbal Comprehension  
Following Directions ✔️
Sentence Completion  
Sentence Arrangement  
Verbal Reasoning  
Aural Reasoning ✔️
Arithmetic Reasoning ✔️
Logical Selection  
Word/Letter Matrix  
Verbal Analogies  
Verbal Classification  
Pictorial Reasoning  
Picture Classification ✔️
Picture Analogies ✔️
Picture Series ✔️
Figural Reasoning  
Figural Classification ✔️
Figural Analogies ✔️
Pattern Matrix ✔️
Figural Series ✔️
Quantitative Reasoning  
Number Series  
Numeric Inference  
Number Matrix  

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Tips for Strengthening OLSAT Scores

  • Know more about your student. Every student studies differently and has different needs. Take the time to get to know your child’s ideal studying method and how he or she learns best. Then, preparing for the exam will be both more enjoyable and more efficient.
  • Keep a studying routine. Routine is a fundamental aspect of maintaining a regular flow of knowledge for your child to accumulate. Maintaining a set time for studying everyday will help your child become accustomed to the mindset necessary to learn.
  • Talk with your child’s teachers. No one understands your child’s academic performance better than his or her teachers. To better pinpoint what to prioritize during the preparation process, take the time to ask your child’s instructors, teachers, and tutors about specific academic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make sure you have the all the tools. Starting to prepare without all the relevant tools will not be effective. TestPrep-Online offers plenty of practice material to guide your child through the prepping process, including sample questions and detailed explanations. Try our free OLSAT questions today!
  • Make sure to cover all question types. Even if your child finds figural reasoning questions very easy, it does not mean he or she will not benefit from practicing, as the questions on the test vary in difficulty and it is important to make sure your child acquires methods for solving every type of question.
  • Read all the questions and explanations. Our website provides detailed explanations for each and every question. Even if your child answers a question correctly, it is still vital to read the explanation, because your child may not be familiar with all the details.
  • Make sure your child has a nutritious meal before getting to work. It is vital that your child is well-fed before taking the test, since studies have shown that nutritious food has a major positive effect on the outcome of the test.

Find out specifics about the OLSAT on our OLSAT FAQ page.

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