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Overview

New York City has two types of gifted and talented programs that are used to test children in Kindergarten up to the fifth grade. The NYC Gifted and Talented is specifically designed to foster the needs of gifted children that are mostly identified by the NYC Gifted and Talented test results or based on the NY state test scores.

The exams are classified into two types: the District program and the Citywide program.

Requirements

Candidates must be a current resident of New York City and ready to enter the Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Test Content

The NYC Gifted and Talented is comprised of pictorial figures from the NNAT test and verbal questions from the OLSAT test.

Non-Verbal Assessment

The non-verbal assessment of G&T is tailored to measure the ability of a child to reason without the use of spoken language.

In this assessment, candidates perform tasks such as:

  • Pattern completion
  • Connecting ideas
  • Sequencing items

These tasks are designed to show an understanding of the relationships as well as their ability to solve problems.

Verbal Assessment

The verbal assessment is designed to measure the skills of comprehension and reasoning. These questions require a candidate to pay attention as well as carefully listen to oral instructions.

The assessment comprises of tasks such as:

  • Detection of differences and likeness
  • Recalling numbers and words
  • Sequences
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Arithmetic

About the Test

The test consists of 48 nonverbal questions and 30 verbal items. There is no time limitation while taking the test, and a child completes it at his/her own pace. However, it usually takes between half an hour to one hour to finish the test.

During the test, every question in the verbal section is read out loud once. This can be very tricky and it is crucial that your candidate is familiarized with the practice tests before the real test.

Admission Process for the NYC G&T

The NYC Gifted and Talented admission process has numerous deadlines, and missing one of them has a severe impact on a child’s education. The following is an overview of the timelines for K-3 admission:

  • September: School opens.
  • October: Online registration with DOE and selection of testing time and location.
  • October: Information sessions for DOE parents.
  • January to February: test-taking by the child.
  • April: Test results send to parents via mail.
  • April to May: touring of schools and online applications submitted by successful children.
  • May to June: Parents receive final placement letters for the successful candidates.

How NYC Gifted and Talented test is scored.

The test consists of multiple-choice questions only. Answers are stored on the machine by scanning. To get the overall score, results are combined from the verbal and nonverbal. The overall score ranges from 1 to 99.

Scoring and Results

All candidates who sit for the NYC Gifted and Talented tests will get their results as a report in the spring.

For children who pass with an overall score of 90 and above, receive a G&T application, meaning they qualify to apply for G&T programs.

Children who get a score of 89 and below do not qualify for placement in G&T programs but will be guaranteed a seat in public schools in New York City.

In recent years getting admitted to the G&T programs has been competitive; this has made most citywide programs admit children with a score in the 99th percentile. It is, therefore, crucial to help your child to reach his/her goals.

NYC Gifted and Talented FAQ

Yes. The NYC Gifted & Talented Test is also administered in different languages for candidates whose English is not their first language. However, a request to take the exam in a specific language is required to be submitted by filling the RFT form while registering for the exam. Some of the languages in which the test is offered include: - Urdu - Arabic - French - Chinese - Korean - Spanish - Russian - Haitian Creole.
No, they are only read aloud once since they are designed to test one’s ability to follow instructions.
It is possible to see your child’s exam by making an appointment with the Education Department by following their strict rules. Note that you are given 10 minutes to look at the test. Photographs and notes are not permitted.
Any current NYC resident in the pre-K through second grade.
You will receive your child’s score report by mail. In case you want to receive the report by email, please schedule the test through MySchools (https://www.myschools.nyc/en/)

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