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# Are you smarter than a 4-year-old?

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - August 8th, 2014

Are you smarter than a 4-year-old? Find out with the practice questions below that are given to 4-year-old kids to get into some of the most competitive kindergartens in the United States for gifted and talented and private schools. Even if a child scores a 99th percentile that still doesn’t guarantee placement in cities like New York or Chicago.

Practice Questions for the CogAT® test:

Parent Say to Your Child: Take a look at the pictures across the top. They show a piece of square paper being folded. Then, one or more holes are punched in the folded piece of paper. Can you point to the answer that shows what the square piece of paper will look like when it is unfolded.

Tips: 1) Parents, if your child has trouble with these questions, we would recommend that you take some square pieces of paper and fold them as shown in the questions. Show your child what the paper looks like with each fold. Then punch holes in the paper as per the question. Have your child guess what the paper will look like unfolded. Then unfold the paper and see if she is right. Sometimes, seeing this done in real life helps a child learn how to visualize it in a question. 2) No matter what age your child is, start with the easiest questions and work your way up to the harder ones. This will give him confidence to tackle the harder ones. If your child is starting with the beginner questions, let him do questions beyond his grade level if he is able to handle them.

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Practice Questions for the OLSAT® test:

Picture Analogy questions are part of the Non-verbal Reasoning portion of the OLSAT test. These questions test a child’s ability to recognize things that go together in the same way (analogous) and their ability to notice other relationships between items.

Say to your child: “Look at the pictures in the top two boxes. Do you see how they go together in a certain way? Now look at the picture in the bottom row. [Then point to the answers along the side.] Which picture goes with the picture on the bottom row the same way the pictures in the top row go together?”

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Following Directions questions are part of the Verbal Reasoning portion of the OLSAT test.  These questions test a child’s ability to listen carefully to directions, remember what is asked, and mark or point to picture that responds to the question. Following Directions questions require excellent listening and focusing skills from children.  On the test, the question cannot be repeated if the child loses track of what is asked.

Take a look at the coins in the small boxes inside the blue box.  Point to (or mark) the box on the right that shows what would happen if all the coins switched places with the coin that was diagonally across from it.

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