Gifted & Talented Exam Guide

I’m just going to put it out there - the NYC Gifted & Talented application process is stressful and confusing. The DOE’s G&T Handbook is 72 pages long!! When did going Kindergarten and college become the same process?!

Fortunately, I have done the hours of research necessary to understand the application process and the contents of the test, and what most tutoring services are missing. While this post serves as an overview, feel free to contact me at if you have more questions about the G&T or need advice on how to prep on your own!

How to Apply

Below is a general timeline for the exam process. We’ll provide another blog post when the DOE updates their specific deadlines:

Mid-November 2018: Submit Request for Testing (RFT) form

Pre-K: Submit online or at a Family Welcome Center

Kindergarten: Submit online, at a Family Welcome Center, or at your child’s  public school

January 2019: Testing Month

Pre-K: One-on-one with a proctor at the parent’s selected date and time; children point to multiple choice answers

Kindergarten: Group-setting with other kindergarten students in the school at  school’s convenience

March 2019: Receive scores

District G&T Programs- 90 Percentile or higher

Citywide G&T Programs- 97 Percentile or higher

April 2019: Submit G&T Application

May-June 2019: Receive & Accept Offer and Pre-Register

Where should I apply?

Each district has their own G&T programs, which you can apply if your child scores in the 90th percentile or higher. There are also five citywide G&T schools in NYC. These schools are open to children from all districts in NYC:

  • New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math (Manhattan/K-12)

  • Anderson School (Manhattan/K-8)

  • Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars (TAG) (Manhattan/K-8)

  • Brooklyn School of Inquiry (Brooklyn/K-8)

  • The Science, Technology, Enrichment, and Math (STEM) Academy (Queens/K-8)

What are the concepts on the test?

The G&T test is actually two tests: The Otis-Lennon Ability Test (OLSAT-8) and The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT-3). These are essentially IQ tests to assess your child’s general knowledge and reasoning skills. The table below goes into more detail about what that actually means.

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This is too much!

If you’re internally freaking out right now that’s completely normal. No matter what the other moms say, they’re freaking out too. Alex and I are frequently talking parents off the cliff of giving up on the process because it’s almost too much to handle. That being said, I recommend an evaluation session to provide peace of mind. Even though your child probably doesn’t intuitively know how to take a multiple choice exam, I bet your child has more strengths than you realize!

If you want to learn more, you can come to one of our FREE info sessions, located at our headquarters on the Upper East Side. Check out our calendar to find out more information!

We’ll even offer 30% off your first G&T session if you enter this code: 30GANDT. If you’d like to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation with me, you can email me at and I’ll reach out!