December 30th, 2010We live in Quebec and love the questions you send each day and your game, IQ Fun Park. It helped our 4 year old do well on the OLSAT® and get into the private school we wanted him to attend. The problem is our 6 year old. He took the OLSAT® last year and didn’t do well because he had trouble concentrating. He’s going to take it again in the spring. Is he too old for IQ Fun Park? What else can I do to help him focus better when he’s tested?
The ideal age group for IQ Fun Park is 3-6 years, so you can still play the game with him. Just try to focus on the cards with red borders, which have the highest difficulty. On our site next week we will post questions that go up to the 3rd grade level of difficulty, so […]
December 30th, 2010Our elementary school has informed us that they will be testing our son using a test called the MAP. Do you have any insight or familiarity with this test?
MAP, which stands for Measures of Academic Progress, is a test that looks at achievement in math, reading, language use, and science. It is taken on the computer and it is unique because adjust to the level that the child: if the child is having a hard time, the questions get easier and, likewise, the […]
December 30th, 2010My daughter is having trouble with the verbal math questions for the OLSAT®. I keep trying to practice with her using the workbook we bought but she’s not getting it. What do I do?
If you’re working with a workbook and trying to practice a certain type of question, giving your daughter more of the same type of question will not help if she’s already not getting it. Instead, take a look at what the skill behind the question is and work on it in the real world. For […]
December 30th, 2010Do you have any insight into what happens at Hunter round 2 of gifted and talented testing?
Hunter College Elementary is a school in Manhattan for gifted and talented children. The school is publicaly funded and only open to residents of Manhattan, but it is not part of the public school system. The Hunter School is very competitive because it is unique in that it is a research teaching school. About 3,500 […]
December 30th, 2010One mother wanted to know if she should buy the Jr. Test Prep bundle, another wanted to know if she was better off buying the Aristotle Circle OLSAT® test book or just a bunch of Diana Draze workbooks on analogies.
In the “Parent Resources” section on TestingMom.com, Karen has reviewed all the major test prep products on the market. Karen highly recommends having Diana Draze’s workbooks around the house, as they support the skills children need for testing, including analogies, critical think, and sequencing, but stresses that they are not a substitute for workbooks that […]
December 30th, 2010Will the parents see the exam and her answers after the NYC gifted and talented test?
For the NYC Gifted and Talented Program OLSAT®, you do have the opportunity to review your child’s exam, but you must schedule a time to go to the Dept of Education (located downtown at 400 Chambers St., near the courthouse) to see it. They are very stringent about the appointment; you will only be allowed […]
December 30th, 2010Can the child change her answer before the examiner moves on to the next question?
Whether the child can change his or her answer is decided by the proctor on a case by case basis. Generally, the proctor will allow the child to change answers if they do so before moving on to another question. Most proctors are very flexible and care about making sure the child gives their best […]
December 30th, 2010When answering the questions, does the child mark an answer sheet or tell the examiner verbally? If verbally, does the examiner mark the answer sheet?
For kindergarten, the child will be required to mark the sheet by his or herself, but the exam proctor may give them help filling out the sheet if they need it. Keep in mind that the proctor is not allowed to redirect the child at all, which means they cannot help your child decide which […]
December 30th, 2010Will my daughter take the exam with one or more examiners or will it be 1 on 1? She is in public school.
Testing in Pre-K tends to be done in a one-on-one setting, but testing in kindergarten is less consistent. Your daughter may take the test one-on-one or in a group with three or four other children, depending on how big her class is. You should check with your daughters school to get information regarding the test […]
December 30th, 2010When does the school notify the parents when their child will take the exam? I know the dates for next year, I am looking for a time period. i.e.: one week before the exam etc?
In a New York City Public Pre-K, you will usually be notified of the exact day of the exam in a minimum of one week. If your child is in either Kindergarten or Pre-K at a private school and will be taking the exam over the weekend, you should receive notice of the date the […]
November 25th, 2010How long is the NYC Gifted and Talented test?
For the NYC gifted and talented program the OLSAT® is 40 questions for pre-K and 60 for K-2nd grade. Keep in mind that 88 of questions are from the Bracken School Readiness Assessment™ so the entire test is either 128 or 148 questions depending on the age and grade of the child. The test time usually takes […]
November 25th, 2010How do I tell if my child is gifted?
There are many attributes of gifted children. Some children may be gifted in the arts, such as music and drawing, while others might be gifted with certain athletic abilities. When it comes to gifted testing in the schools it’s more on the academic side of being gifted. If you think your child is gifted review […]