About the OLSAT®

Created in 1918 by Dr. Arthur Otis at Stanford University and publishing executive and editor, Roger Thomas Lennon, Ph.D., the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®) is now published by Pearson NNC (previously Harcourt Assessment Services). The OLSAT® is widely used throughout the U.S. as a entry test for gifted and talented school programs.

The OLSAT® measures a number of different reasoning skills, and tasks include detecting similarities and differences, recalling words and numbers, defining words, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, solving mathematical problems, and completing analogies.

Many school districts will combine this test with an achievement test to measure both learning and reasoning skills. The test is often used to assess learning in schools, for placement functions as well as for evaluating entry into gifted and talented programs. The test is often administered individually for younger children and in groups for older children.

There are seven different levels of the OLSAT® designed for use from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Some school districts also test preschoolers. The OLSAT® assesses skills in the following areas:• Verbal Comprehension• Verbal Reasoning• Pictorial Reasoning• Figural Reasoning• Quantitative Reasoning These contents of these areas are detailed below:

Versions of the OLSAT

The most recent version of the test is the OLSAT-8®, which is used by states such as Virginia, Texas, Califonia, New York and Connecticut. Some school districts still use the OLSAT-7®. The 9th edition of the OLSAT® is soon to be released. is the only website available online lessons and practices in the version of the OLSAT-8® exam.

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Why will I take OLSAT®?

The OLSAT is administered at local schools. If your children attend private school, you may need to check the public school system to find testing dates and locations.

You can click on State standards to get better understanding of gifted education policies in your own state.

What should I do?

The intent of the OLSAT® test is to assess thinking skills and provide an understanding of a student’s relative strengths and weaknesses in performing a variety of reasoning tasks. This information allows educators to design educational programs that will enhance students’ strengths while supporting their learning needs.

GATE4Kids test preparation product provided online to help the student prepared the exam. Our lessons include detailed explanations, question analysis skills, and a vocal function with clear pronunciation. We also have practices and simulation exams including a test bank with over 500 questions for each grade, a unique score counting system, and solutions to the questions written clearly so students can learn right from wrong.

How Does GATE4Kids Work?

Our site is comprised of 4 main parts to help the student prepared the exam.

(1) Lessons. We have 12 lessons includes detailed explanations of each kind of test items and question analysis skills. In contrast to a traditional textbook, our product provides a vocal function with clear pronunciation for younger students so the parents don’t need to spend too much time on reading out to their kids.

(2) Practice Questions and Exam Simulations. We have a test bank including over 500 questions, with new questions added every day. Clear answer explanations provided after each question allow students to learn from their mistakes.

A unique score tracking system ensures that the children learn every section thoroughly. Unlike with traditional paper exams, students can repeat questions for practice. What’s more, we will also email the scores your child did in the simulation exams to you so that you track how you kids are doing on their studies.

(3) Awards. We believe that students need encouragement and award to progress, so we provide certificates to print out, games to play, and Achievement Points(AP) for students to collect after passing practice questions.

(4) Report. With the traditional textbook, it is difficult for the parents to know how their kids are doing with their studies. With our product, we will record the lessons your child did, the score he/she earns, and the time he/she spent to complete the exam or practice questions. This tracking with provide both parents and students feedback about their strengths and weaknesses.

What Level or Version of OLSAT® should I Buy?

Choose the OLSAT product that corresponds to your child’s grade.

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How is GATE4Kids Different from Traditional Test book prep?

Example of the type of question you might be asked on the OLSAT ® Tests.

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