Gifted and Talented Testing

Who takes this test?

Students entering kindergarten through grade three in the upcoming school year can sign up to take the Gifted and Talented (G&T) test.

When is this test given?

Families may file a Request for Testing in the fall, and the test is administered to students in January. Find out more on the Gifted and Talented enrollment page or the Students with Disabilities and Gifted and Talented.

What is on the test?

The test consists of pictorial items from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and verbal test items from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).

The nonverbal G&T assessment measures reasoning skills without the use of spoken language. Children perform tasks such as completing patterns, sequencing, and connecting ideas in order to demonstrate an understanding of relationships and an ability to solve problems.

The verbal G&T assessment measures reasoning and comprehension skills that require children to pay close attention and listen carefully to oral instructions. The assessment includes tasks such as detecting likenesses and differences, recalling words and numbers, defining words, following directions, establishing sequence, and solving arithmetic problems.

There are 48 nonverbal items and 30 verbal items on the G&T test. The test is not timed, and children work at their own pace, but it usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour to complete. The Gifted & Talented Handbook contains more information on what the test measures and practice items to prepare your child for testing.

How is the test scored?

All test items on the test are multiple-choice. Answers are scanned and machine-scored. A student’s results on both parts of the test (nonverbal and verbal) are combined for an overall score between 1 and 99. The Gifted & Talented Handbook explains more about the scoring process.

How are the results used?

The results are used to determine which students are eligible to apply for placement in Gifted & Talented programs in kindergarten through grade three.

How are the results reported?

All students who take the Gifted & Talented Test will get a score report in the spring.

  • If your child gets an overall score of 90 or above, they will also 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.
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