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OLSAT Test Prep Methods

The OLSAT test can be very challenging for young children who aren’t familiar with test taking. The good news is that you don’t have to send your child into the OLSAT test cold. There are plenty of ways to go about your OLSAT test prep process, including workbooks, online sites, games, puzzles, and even tutors who specialize in the skills measured on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. While you never know for sure what will be on the test, it is crucial to help your child develop the skills that are measured on the exam so that he/she knows how to work through the questions on the test. It’s a good idea to push your child to challenge themselves. Try encouraging them to attempt  harder questions and activities in case he/she encounters any difficult questions on the test. Some of the biggest hurdles include teaching them how to:

  • Sit still
  • Listen carefully to what is being asked of them
  • Knowing how to think through a question and look at all the answer choices before jumping in and answering

Developing these test-taking abilities can be just as challenging for some children as answering the questions themselves. Plus, the different types of questions on the OLSAT are mixed up, which can be hard for some kids. For this reason, practicing at home beforehand helps tremendously.

Sample OLSAT Test Prep Questions

We recommend focusing on the above test taking skills and the seven abilities below while practicing through our practice material. Sign up for 100 free questions instantly by clicking this orange button.

Seven Abilities that Make the Biggest Difference on the OLSAT

  • Listening and focusing
  • Language
  • Knowledge/comprehension
  • Memory
  • Mathematics
  • Visual-spatial reasoning
  • Cognitive/thinking skills

3 Tips to Make OLSAT Prep Fun

1. To build strong listening and focusing skills, show your child how to put on their “listening ears” and point to your mouth as you speak. Grab your own ears and say, “Do you have your listening ears on?” Then, point to your mouth as you speak. This helps your child pay attention to what you’re saying and avoid getting distracted.

2. Build your child’s practice stamina up slowly. Start by asking three questions, then four, then gradually build up to 10 questions in a row. As each goal is achieved, offer a small reward (like stickers or choosing a favorite story for bedtime), plus praise for working hard! One caveat: Don’t rush practice sessions. Racing through the test and answering incorrectly because your child didn’t take enough time to carefully read each answer can lower their overall score (and percentile rank).

3. Find silly ways to engage your child’s critical thinking skills. This test includes “gotcha”-type questions where students are expected to eliminate wrong answers as well as choose correct ones. Try holding up an umbrella and pair of socks on a rainy day, then asking your child: “Which of these will keep us dry on our walk to the bus this morning?” or “Which pair of socks matches my outfit?” Helping your child learn to identify answers that are obviously wrong (and why) will make these types of questions easier!

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