NYC's #1 Gifted & Talented Learning Center!
FasTracKids was the first institution in New York City to offer complete preparation for New York City DOE Gifted and Talented Admission since 2003. Our experience and focus make us the market leader in the field.
Every year, thousands of parents trust FasTracKids centers all over NYC to help their children to achieve their goals. Our unique training system is NYC parents’ best kept secret to get their children to excel on gifted and talented tests.
Our exclusive classroom setting trains for confidence, attention, responsiveness and many more important skills that are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve by home training.
The essential attributes instilled by our G&T 101 and G&T 102 courses will determine if your child has the upper hand on the competition.Trust the most experienced. Trust our alumni and parents who are continuously bringing more siblings, younger children and friends to our program each year.
Your child only gets one chance a year and competition will only grow more and more vigorous. You want your child to ace their NYC gifted & talented entrance exam on the first try.
What Makes our NYC Gifted and Talented Prep Course Unique?
- Consistent, outstanding results: Last year, 93% of our students qualified for G&T programs around the city. Of those, over 45% scored in the 99th percentile.
- Experience: FasTracKids has been preparing children for entrance into the NYC G&T program since August 2003! Longer than any other service in NYC.
- Extensive Scheduling Options: Test prep slots are available 7 days a week!
- Accommodating Locations: We have 4 Brooklyn centers, 2 Queens centers, 3 Manhattan centers and 3 Staten Island centers.
- Use of technology, manipulatives: Our G&T course is the only one in NYC to use SMART Boards, touch screen technology, and hands-on manipulatives to make the course and our instruction more engaging, relevant and varied for students.
- Affordable Options: Whether you prefer 1:1 Private Tutoring or Group Classes, our centers offer both options.
What Is On The Exam?
NNAT ® – Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) assess general reasoning ability in children. Like all nonverbal ability tests, the NNAT is intended to assess cognitive ability independently of linguistic and cultural background.
Area of Testing
1. Pattern Completion: Ability to recognize pattern and identify the missing portion
2. Reasoning by Analogy: Ability to recognize relationships between several geometric shapes
3. Serial Reasoning: Ability to recognize the sequence of shapes
4. Spatial Visualization: Ability to recognize how two or more objects would look if combined
On the NNAT, often students “don’t understand what they’re supposed to do,” said David Lohman, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Iowa. Therefore, it is very important for students to learn what to do when tackling these kind of abstract questions.
OLSAT® – Otis-Lennon School Ability Test
The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT®) is a measure of abstract thinking and reasoning ability of children pre-K to 18.
Area of Testing:
1. Verbal Comprehension: Measures the ability to manipulate or respond to information through listening, i.e. following directions
2. Verbal Reasoning: Measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems through the use of language, i.e.aural reasoning & arithmetic reasoning
New York City DOE – Gifted and Talented Program
Starting from 2012/2013 G&T admission, The New York City Department of Education has adopted the use of the OLSAT® and NNAT® for admission to the gifted and talented program in elementary school.
In 2012/2013 exam, NNAT will count for 2/3 toward the total score, while OLSAT will count for the remaining 1/3.
This program will prepare the students for both OLSAT & NNAT
>>> NNAT 50% + OLSAT 50% <<<
- NNAT Skill sets: Non-verbal Reasoning Skills
- Pattern Recognition
- Pattern Completion
- Pictorial Analogy
- Figural Analogy
- Serial Reasoning
- Spatial Visualization
- OLSAT skill sets:
- Verbal Comprehension
- Verbal Reasoning
- Be familiar with exam format
- Problem solving strategies
- Listening skills
- Learn the necessary vocabularies
- Trained for proper behavior
- Ability to follow directions
- Get over the shyness and nervousness
- Trained for the necessary attention span
- Be familiar with the testing environment