If your child is going to take the OLSAT as part of her application for a gifted and talented or GATE program, I encourage you to take a look at the free OLSAT practice test you can find at the New York City Public School Website: http://schools.nyc.gov/documents/offices/gt/8035A DOE PK.pdf
This practice test, which is found at the end of the NYC Gifted & Talented Test Information Handbook, has 16 questions that accurately reflect the different types of questions that are found on the OLSAT. There is a script you can follow when asking each question. Try this practice test with your child. If you find that she is struggling, that is good indication that you might want to consider buying some OLSAT test prep materials that are more comprehensive than this practice test.
If your child is taking the WPPSI-III (ERB), you can get a free look at the types of questions that are asked on this test at www.erbtest.org. There are no practice questions, just examples, but you’ll get a good sense of what to expect on that test here.
Finally, a word of caution for parents who are researching OLSAT test prep on the internet. The Critical Thinking Company puts out a series of workbooks that prep children for many of the underlying skills needed for the OLSAT and other IQ tests. They and many of their affiliate marketers sell these workbooks in bundles that range anywhere from $100 to $200+. Be warned, however, they do not offer practice test questions modeled directly from the OLSAT as test prep products from Bright Kids NYC, Kindergarten Test Study System, and Arrington Publishing do. Critical Thinking Company workbooks are excellent resources for building underlying abilities needed for testing, but don’t buy this if you are looking to practice questions directly modeled from the OLSAT.
To see reviews of all the kindergarten test prep materials available to get children ready for private school admissions testing, gifted and talented program qualification, and public school ability group placement, visit www.kindergartentestingwithouttears.com.
Karen Quinn is the author of Testing For Kindergarten, a parent’s guide to getting your child ready for ERB, Stanford-Binet, WPPSI-III, OLSAT or other IQ tests for private school admission and GATE or gifted and talented program qualification. She is a former kindergarten admissions advisor from NYC and is the inventor of IQ Fun Park, an IQ test prep kit (that feels like play) for children ages 3 to 6. Visit her at www.testingforkindergarten.com.