NYC Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide

Welcome to G&T admissions! G&T programs offer accelerated instruction to eligible New York City students. Children entering kindergarten through third grade can qualify to participate in G&T admissions by taking the G&T test.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Sign up for the G&T email list.
  2. Use MySchools to register for the G&T test by November 12, 2019.
  3. Visit schools and attend our open houses this winter!
  4. If the score is high enough, submit the application by the deadline listed in your score report.

Questions about admissions? Contact us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov
Questions about testing? Contact our Service Center at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-374-6646.

Who Can Take the Test?

Any current New York City resident in pre-K through second grade can take the test. G&T admissions is open to students in public district or charter schools, and students in private or parochial schools. Students with disabilities are encouraged to take the G&T test. All G&T programs are expected to welcome and support all students in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

We serve and welcome all NYC students, including:

Students Learning English

No school may deny admission, registration, or enrollment to a student based on the student's proficiency or perceived proficiency in English. The NYC Department of Education provides a range of supports and services for Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners to develop their English language proficiency and prepare them for success in school, college, and/or careers. Your child can take the G&T test in languages other than English.

Students with Disabilities

Every elementary school participating in G&T admissions is expected to welcome and serve students with disabilities in accordance with students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Individualized Education Services Programs (IESPs), or 504 Accomodation Plans. Students with disabilities participating in G&T admissions may be eligible for testing accommodations on the G&T test.

Students with Accessibility Needs

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is committed to providing students with accessibility needs with an elementary school placement that allows the student to access all relevant programs and services. Accessible schools or programs are located in a fully accessible building where an individual with accessibility needs may enter and access all relevant programs and services, including the science laboratory, library, cafeteria, and gymnasium,. and at least one accessible restroom; in some cases, school programs may need to be relocated to accommodate access.

For the most up-to-date information about accessibility, check our website and contact schools directly.

Students in Temporary Housing

Families with students in temporary housing should apply to G&T programs even if their housing situation is uncertain. They are not required to submit documentation (including address, proof of age, and immunization) in order to participate in an admissions process and accept their offer. Some students in temporary housing or with families facing extreme hardship may have needs that require special consideration in order to take the G&T test, such as changing a testing date.

Immigrant Families

Every child in New York City has a right to a public school education, regardless of immigration status. By law, children may not be asked to present documentation of immigration status, nor can they be denied admission, registration, or enrollment in school based on immigration status. DOE employees will not ask about a family’s status, and if they do learn about immigration status, they must keep it confidential. Public schools are at the center of our democracy and remain safe places for all students, families, and educators. NYCDOE does not consent to non-local law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accessing our school facilities.

LGBTQ Students and Families

All of our schools welcome and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning students, families, and staff.

Why Take the G&T Test?

There is no harm in having your child tested! The results of the G&T test are confidential to you and will not be shared with current or future schools- these scores are used only to determine the eligibility to apply for the G&T programs. G&T programs are in very high demand.

Even if a child gets the highest possible on the G&T test, placement is not guaranteed- there are more applicants with scores of 99 than seats in some G&T programs. Note that there are fewer available seats in the upper grades, as some students typically enter a G&T program in kindergarten and remain in the program.

Types of G&T Programs

There are two types of G&T programs:

  • District G&T programs
    • These programs give an admissions priority to students who live in a particular district.
    • They are offered within district elementary schools, beginning in kindergarten and ending in fifth grade.

    Score needed to apply: Students who get an overall score of 90 or above on the G&T test are eligible to apply to district G&T programs.

  • Citywide G&T programs
    • These programs accept students from all five boroughs and give no admissions priority for any district of residence.
    • They are located in schools where every student in a schoolwide G&T program.
    Score needed to apply: Students who get an overall score of 97 or above on the G&T test are eligible to apply to both district and citywide G&T programs. Each year there are more eligible applicants than seats available at these programs.

Current G&T Students

Students currently enrolled in a G&T program do not need to test to continue attending their current G&T program. If your child is a current district G&T student, you may schedule your child to be tested for eligibility to apply to citywide G&T programs. If your child's score does not qualify them to apply for citywide G&T programs, it will not affect their current placement; your child may remain in their district G&T program.

  • Students currently attending district G&T programs are not eligible to apply to other district G&T programs.
  • Students currently attending citywide G&T programs are not eligible to test for a different G&T placement.

Schedule the G&T Test

The deadline to register your child to take the G&T test is November 12, 2019.

There are two ways to register your child to take the test:

  • Online at MySchools.nyc – Use MySchools to register your child, click on the Schedule tab to register.
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center, or if your child is currently enrolled in a DOE public district school.

The test is untimed. Students have as much time as they need in the testing room, but most families should expect to spend approximately one to two hours at the testing site.

Current Public School Students in Grades K-2

If your child is currently enrolled in K-2 in a DOE public school and you register them to take the test, your child’s current school will notify you of your test date between December and early January. Each elementary school chooses its own testing schedule between January 3 and January 17, 2020.

Current Pre-K Students, and All Charter and Non-Public School Students

If your child is a current pre-K student, or attends a charter school or non-public school, they will take the test on one of the Saturdays or Sundays between January 4 and January 19, 2020.

Families with Multiple Children

If you have more than one child who will be testing for G&T, schedule each test separately. You are responsible for ensuring that their appointments are at the same location and on the same date. If you are unable to find appointments at the same location and time, call the Office of Assessment at 212-374-6646.

Students in Temporary Housing

Some students in temporary housing may have needs that require special consideration in order to take the G&T test. Call the Office of Assessment for more information at 212-374-6646.

Students Who Need to Reschedule Due to Illness

  • Current Public School Students in Grades K-2

If your child is currently in kindergarten through second grade and is sick on the day of the G&T test, your child's school will reschedule their test for another day within the testing window. The new test date will be schedule by the school, and it is possible that a student who is absent on the date of the test may be tested on the day they return to school without additional notification of the testing date.

  • Current Pre-K Students and All Charter and Non-Public School Students

If your child is sick on the day of the test, the testing site will work with you to reschedule for a different weekend as appointments become available. Email the testing site using the email address provided on your appointment letter to reschedule. If you do not have access to email, call 212-374-6646 on the Monday after the scheduled exam and provide the name of the school where your child was scheduled to take the exam. The testing site coordinator will contact you to find a new exam date as soon as possible.

Prepare for the G&T Test

The test uses two assessments to determine if a child is eligible to apply for a G&T program:

  • Nonverbal test items from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)
  • Verbal test items from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

The G&T test is administered by New York State-certified New York City teachers who are trained to administer both assessments. The nonverbal assessment is administered first, followed by the verbal assessment. All questions are presented in multiple-choice format. Learn more about the G&T test.

Students with certain documented visual impairments may need large print materials. You can request a large print version of these sample test questions by contacting the Office of Assessment at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-6646.

Testing Accommodations

Students who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Individualized Education Services Programs (IESPs), or 504 Accommodation Plans may be eligible to get certain accommodations for the G&T test. Families must indicate the need for accommodations when they schedule their child’s test. If a student with IEP, IESP, or 504 Plan requires other accommodations not listed on the IEP, IESP, or 504 Plan, families must contact the Office of Assessment at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-6646.

Testing in Languages Other than English

Assessments in other languages are available for students in kindergarten through second grade who have been identified as Multilingual/English Language Learners (MLL/ELL).

  • The test is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, and French.
  • Contact the Office of Assessment at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-6646 with questions about testing in languages other than English.

Test Readiness

You can help your child prepare for the G&T test by doing the following:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep and eats a healthy meal before taking the test. Ease your child’s mind about the test. Encourage them to do their best and remind them that they are not expected to know the answer to every question.
  • Prepare your child for the test during everyday interactions. Use a variety of everyday vocabulary to describe the position of items, look for patterns, discuss quantitative concepts like more and less, and imagine what an object would look like if it were turned upside-down or sideways. These are some activities that may help children prepare for the kind of thinking they will need to do on test day.

Also note:

  • During the test, children will hear each question on the verbal test only one time.
  • Children born in 2012-2014 are responsible for bubbling in their own responses on the test. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the test administrator.
  • Children are allowed to write in their test booklets.
  • All testing materials are provided- families are not required to bring pencils or anything else needed for testing to the testing site.

If in the judgement of the test administrator, principal, testing site supervisor, or the Office of Assessment a student has had prior exposure to the test or has gotten aid from another person during the test, the principal or site supervisor must follow our disciplinary procedure for cheating and invalidate the students' test. Invalidated tests are not submitted for scoring. In these instances, families will get communication from us with further information.

Assessment Reliability and Validity

Reliability refers to the accuracy and precision of test scores, and validity refers to the extent to which the test actually measures the skills and abilities it is intended to measure.

Each test item on the verbal and nonverbal tests was statistically analyzed and evaluated for difficulty, reliability, validity, fit, and effectiveness across each age group. All of the items were rigorously reviewed by educators, measurement specialists, and psychologists to ensure that the test is of high quality and free of bias toward any subgroup, including gender and ethnic/racial subgroups. The items were also reviewed for clarity, appropriateness of content, accuracy or correct answers, plausibility of answer options, and appropriateness of vocabulary.

Assessment Scoring

Students' eligibility is based on their scores on both sections of the G&T test (verbal and nonverbal). Each student will get an overall score that combines the scores from the two tests using a multi-step process:

  • Calculate the raw scores for each test
  • Determine percentile ranks for each test, based on age and national norms
  • Convert percentile ranks for each assessment to normal curve equivalents (NCEs)
  • Calculate the average of the NCEs and convert the combination into the overall G&T score

Learn more about the G&T testing score process.

Appeals Process in Test Administration

We work hard to ensure that the G&T test is administered in a fair, consistent manner to all students. If, however, you feel that there was a problem with your child's test administration, you must raise that concern as an appeal to us. You may submit your appeal in one of the following ways:

  • Email us at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov
  • Send a letter to: Office of Assessment, G&T Test Administration, 44-36 Vernon Boulevard, Room 209, Long Island City, NY 11101

This email or letter must be sent to us no later than five school days following your child's test date, and should include your child's name and date of birth, as well as the following:

  • The date and location of the G&T test administration
  • A description of the circumstance that interfered with the G&T test administration
  • Your preferred method for return communication (such as your number or email address)

If after receiving your child's score report, it comes to your attention that there was a problem with your child's test administration, you may submit an appeal to us. This appeal must be submitted following the process described above no later than five school days after receiving the score report. The appeals process applies to concerns regarding test administration; however families needing to correct the birth date or test date used to calculate the score must also do so within five school days of receiving the score report.

After we get your appeal:

  • We will review the test documentation and investigate the concerns raised in the appeal.
  • We will contact you if further information is needed.
  • We will make our best attempts to notify you of the result of the appeal within three weeks. You will get notification of the result via the email or phone number you provide in your initial appeal.

If we determine that the circumstances of the test administration interfered with your child's ability to perform on the test, your child will be offered the opportunity to take the test again, using different test forms of the NNAT and OLSAT. If your child retests, the scores of the first test will be canceled and will not be used for placement.

If you have any questions regarding the G&T test and test administration, email us at ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov or call us at 212-374-6646.

Get Your G&T Score Report

You will get your child's score report by mail, as well as by email if you schedule the test through MySchools.

Results

  • If your child gets an overall G&T score of 90 or above they will get a G&T Application—this means they are eligible to apply for placement at G&T programs.
  • If your child gets an overall score of 89 or below, they are not eligible to apply for placement at G&T programs. However, they will still be guaranteed a seat in an NYC public school.

Eligibility

If your child has an eligible G&T score, they can apply to G&T programs. However, the two types of G&T programs have different eligible G&T scores.

  • Eligibility for district G&T programs: Your child must get an overall G&T score of 90 or above.
  • Eligibility for citywide G&T programs: Your child must get an overall G&T score of 97 or above. Students with a G&T score between 90 and 96 can apply to district but not citywide G&T programs.

To be eligible for placement in any G&T programs, your child must be living in NYC throughout the G&T process, from the time you schedule their test to the time they get a G&T offer.

Apply to G&T Programs

G&T Application

The online application in MySchools will include an up-to-date list of G&T program options for the 2020-2021 school year.

On your G&T application, add the G&T programs that interest you, and place them in your order of preference, with your first choice at the top as #1. Submit your application by the deadline included with your child’s score report.

Admissions Priorities for G&T Programs

Admissions priorities determine the order in which applicants are considered for G&T offers. Children have priority to attend certain G&T programs based on the following:

  • Sibling Priority – for G&T programs at schools where a child’s sibling is a current student
  • District Priority – for district G&T programs in the district where a child lives
  • Diversity Priority- for select programs, for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (FRL), students in temporary housing, English Language learners, and other groups.

Sibling Priority for G&T Programs

If your child applies to a G&T program at a school where their sibling is currently enrolled, they have an admissions priority to attend that program, too. In order for your child to get sibling priority, their sibling must be pre-registered or enrolled at the school or a District 75 program in the same building and be entering kindergarten through grade 12 in September 2020. If your first choice is for your child to attend the G&T program at their sibling’s school, add the sibling’s school as your first choice on the G&T application.

Families with siblings applying at the same time must submit a separate application for each child. Each sibling is treated as an individual applicant. However, twins and other multiples will be placed together in the same G&T program if each child is eligible for that program.

Admissions Priorities for District G&T Programs

District G&T programs give first priority to sibling applicants who get an overall G&T score of 90 or above. After all eligible siblings are placed, non-sibling applicants are placed by overall G&T score. Eligible students may apply to any program in any district across the city, but applicants with district priority to a given program will get priority.

Admissions Priorities for Citywide Programs

Citywide G&T programs accept students from all boroughs. Siblings who get an overall score of 97 or above are placed first according to their overall G&T score. After all eligible siblings are placed, non-sibling applicants are placed by overall G&T score.

Diversity in Admissions

Elementary schools across the city are participating in an effort to increase diversity in G&T programs by giving admissions priorities to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (FRL), students in temporary housing, English Language Learners, and other groups. The current list of G&T programs participating in diversity pilots is available on our Diversity in Admissions website.

Get Your G&T Application Results

If you submitted a G&T application, you will get your G&T application results in June 2020. These results may or may not include an offer for your child to attend a G&T program.

G&T Offers

Students will only get offers to G&T programs with available seats. There is no guarantee that a student will get an offer to a G&T program, regardless of their G&T test score. The number of eligible students typically exceeds the number of seats available.

If your child gets a G&T offer, accept or decline the offer at the school. The deadline to accept offers will be in June 2020.

Grade Level Placement

A child’s date of birth determines grade placement for students born in 2014 and 2015. Students born in 2015 are eligible for kindergarten placement only. Students born in 2014 are eligible for first grade placement only. Students born before 2014 are placed based on the last grade they completed.

Waitlist G&T Offers

G&T programs may have seats that become available after offers are sent to families in June. Applicants who do not get an offer from their first-choice program will be added to the waitlists of all the programs they listed higher on their application than the program where they got an offer (or of all the programs they applied to if they got no offers). Offers from the waitlist are made based on the same admissions priorities as the initial offers. Schools will contact waitlisted families directly if they are able to offer them a seat; no addition action is required of families at this point in the placement process.

If You Don't Get a G&T Offer

If your child does not get an offer to a G&T program and will be starting kindergarten, first grade, or second grade in the 2020-2021 school year, they can take the G&T test again next year.

If your child got an eligible G&T score this year but declined or did not get an offer, they must take the G&T test again and get an eligible score any year they wish to apply to G&T programs.

Students starting third grade in the 2020-2021 school year cannot test again to apply to elementary school G&T programs.

Back to Top