Test and Test Prep
This page will provide you with resources to navigate and understand more about standardized testing and its uses in New York City.
A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, or "standard“ manner. They are designed in such a way that the questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and are administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner.
Two primary purposes of standardized testing are:
Standardized tests that are needed for admission to many schools in New York.Diagnostic Purposes
Standardized evaluations conducted by a mental health professional to determine whether a child or youth has any deficits in their cognitive, emotional/personality, neurological, and academic achievement skills.Since the language of standardized testing can be baffling, we have created a glossary of terms. Some parents have qualms about any standardized testing, while others take issue with testing young children. Below you will find some of the pros and cons of this controversial subject, standardized testing. We have also provided some tips on preparing your children, including those who are bilingual, for an upcoming standardized test.
|Glossary of Terms
The following document contains an overview of information about different admission tests to find out information regarding:
- Tests’ website
- Test Dates
- Available Samples
- Registration information
|Lists of Different Admission Tests
What test does my child have to take?
Specialized Public High Schools
- SHSAT (Grades 8 or 9)
Catholic High Schools
- TACHS (Grade 8)
- SSAT (Grades 3-11)
Public – Hunter Elementary School
- modified version of Stanford-Binet (K)
Gifted and Talented/Elementary Schools
|OLSAT and NNAT2 (PreK-2)
Independent Schools (dependent on grade level)
|ECAA (PreK-4)||ISEE (Grades 2-12)
||SSAT (Grades 3-11)
Test preparation can be an important part of admission testing depending on your child’s grade. This section will help you decide on what kind of test prep is more suitable for your child.How can you help your child prepare for a test?
What to Consider When Thinking
About Test Prep
If you want your child to be tested you have to fill out a Request for Testing (RFT) form which you can find here: New York City Department of Education Gifted and Talented Eligibility and Applications.
Starting from 2012/2013 G&T admission, The NYC DOE has adopted the use of the OLSAT® and NNAT® for admission to the G&T program in elementary school.
Everything you Need to Know as a Parent
|How to Identify a Gifted Child
||Eligibility and Applications
A List of Resources for Parents
| Enrichment Oportunities for Students
| Psychological Evaluation
Information on the Different
Kinds of Assessment
This document contains a list of places around New York City that offer services such as:
- Diagnostic Testing
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- Psycho-educational/Neuro-pscyhological Testing
- IQ/Cognitive Testing
- Academic Achievement Testing
- Early Intervention (EI) Evaluations
- Behavioral/Personality Testing
And much more…
Some Testing Services
Around New York City