Preparation for NYC Gifted and Talented exam

including the new NNAT-2 test for 2012-2013 testing season

We prepare pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade children for the gifted and talented exam required for admission to NYC public school G&T programs.

The test consists of two parts: the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests.  The OLSAT (Otis –Lennon School Ability Test) measures verbal, quantitative and figural reasoning skills.  The test has two verbal and two non-verbal sections.  The verbal section (verbal comprehension and verbal reasoning) assesses students’ receptive language skills (their ability to listen carefully, follow directions and understand the vocabulary used by the test administrator).  The non-verbal section (pictorial and figural reasoning) assesses students’ visual, spatial and mathematical cognition.

The NNAT-2 was introduced by the NYC DOE for the first time for the 2012-2013 G&T testing season.  It measures children’s non-verbal abilities only.  The test consists of 4 different types of non-verbal sections, assessing such skills as pattern recognition, analogical reasoning, serial reasoning, and spatial visualization.  The questions presented on this test do not require test takers to read, write, or speak.

Kindergarten readiness program

This program is designed for children 3 1/2 to 6 years old to prepare them for upcoming pre-k and kindergarten classes.  The curriculum integrates all of the skills and knowledge required for kindergarten readiness:

  • Basic fine motor skills (drawing, tracing, penmanship)
  • Basic math (number recognition, addition and subtraction, mental math, problem solving)
  • Core concept development (colors, letters, numbers, sizes, comparisons, shapes)
  • Reading and writing readiness

The sessions are one-on-one and focus on the development of all skills mentioned above.  If focus on a particular area is requested, the curriculum can be adjusted accordingly.

Preparation for New York State tests

Private tutoring for elementary and middle school students for the following state tests:

  • New York State Mathematics Test
  • New York State English Language Arts (ELA) test
  • New York State Assessment in Science

Homework help

For children struggling with a constantly increasing amount of homework, we will develop an individualized plan to meet their exact homework needs.  We provide tutoring in different academic subjects on a one-on-one basis.

Counseling for parents on NYC G&T programs and schools admissions process

School admissions in New York City is a very complex and often stressful process.  We will share our experience navigating the NYC gifted and talented programs, including testing procedures and school selection.  We will answers your questions and discuss any concerns you might have, in addition to providing suggestions on how to make this process easier and less taxing for parents and students.