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ABOUT OLSAT TEST
The OLSAT assesses a student’s cognitive (e.g., verbal, nonverbal and quantitative) abilities that relate to his or her academic success providing educators with invaluable information in order to enhance insights gained from traditional achievement tests. It is a multiple choice test commonly used in the U.S. to identify gifted children. Schools often use the OLSAT as a tool for admission into schools and programs for gifted and talented children or to measure scholastic achievement across all ages.
The OLSAT is comprised of both verbal and nonverbal questions, measuring a student’s ability to cope with school learning tasks. In all, there are 21 different question types on the OLSAT. On the test, students will need to:
- Follow directions
- Detect likenesses and differences
- Recall words and numbers
- Classify items
- Establish sequences
- Solve arithmetic problems
- Complete analogies
The OLSAT is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns.
Below are the types of questions asked in the OLSAT:
|Verbal Comprehension||Pictorial Reasoning|
|Following Directions||Picture Classification|
|Sentence Completion||Picture Series|
|Sentence Arrangement||Figural Reasoning|
|Verbal Reasoning||Figural Classification|
|Aural Reasoning||Figural Analogies|
|Arithmetic Reasoning||Pattern Matrix|
|Logical Selection||Figural Series|
|Word/Letter Matrix||Quantitative Reasoning|
|Verbal Analogies||Number Series|
|Verbal Classification||Numeric Inference|
The OLSAT test is administered at seven levels, depending on the student’s age: OLSAT Level A, OLSAT Level B, OLSAT Level C, OLSAT Level D, OLSAT Level E, OLSAT Level F, and OLSAT Level G. The table below shows what grades each level corresponds with:
|A||Pre-K and K|
The student will have between 60-80 minutes to complete a 40-70 question test, depending on the OLSAT test level.
The OLSAT test dates are decided by the respective schools. There is no specific date when OLSATs are administered.
Students earn points for each question they answer correctly, but do not lose points for skipping or incorrectly answering a question. When the test is graded, a child is first given a raw score, which provides the number of questions answered correctly out of the total number of questions (e.g., 46/60). Once the raw score is calculated, it is then converted to a School Ability Index (SAI) score. The SAI score is determined by comparing the raw scores of other children in the same age group. It is a normalized score, with an average of 100, a standard deviation of 16, and a maximum score of 150. This SAI score is then used to find which percentile a student falls into. Students who score about two standard deviations above the mean (a score of 132) generally fall into the top 2-3%, or the 97th-98th percentile.
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