FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Why should I prepare my child for taking a test?
Will I be violating rules by preparing my child for the test?
Who are the JTP Practice Tests for?
Does JTP cover the skills in the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA)?
Can you guarantee that my child will do better if we use the JTP 2 Pronged Approach?
When is the best time to start using the JTP Practice Tests to prepare for testing?

Why should I prepare my child for taking a test?
Your child is required to take tests for applying to private schools and to public gifted programs where test scores will make or break them getting into your top choice. Many private schools won't consider your child’s application if their score isn’t in the highest range. In the OLSAT, to get into one of the Citywide programs your child has to score close to 99%. Doing well on a standardized test takes much stamina and practice. Just because a child is bright, does not mean that they are good at taking standardized tests without preparation. Test taking is a skill that needs to be developed which is why it is important to give your child the right tools so that he is confident on test day.
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Will I be violating rules by preparing my child for the test?
No, as long as you do not give your child the actual test questions in advance. Our practice tests are tests that have been created to help make children familiar with the types of questions they will encounter on test day. These practice tests are set up exactly like the actual test so it should help create familiarity and confidence for your child. If getting into a top public or private school in NYC is a priority, you cannot afford not to prep your child. Many kids that get in have been prepped even though their parents will not admit to it.
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Who are the JTP Practice Tests for?
The practice tests are aimed at children who will be 4-5 when they take the OLSAT for placement in either kindergarten or first grade gifted and talented programs in New York City.
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Does JTP cover the skills in the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA)?
The BRSA is another test that will be administered right before the OLSAT. JTP has created a brand new practice test just for this. The BSRA testing assesses children's knowledge of basic sizes and comparisons, and also basic counting skills. The BSRA also assesses letters, colors, numbers, and shapes. The Junior Test Prep Practice Test for BSRA does cover these concepts.
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Can you guarantee that my child will do better if we use the JTP 2 Pronged Approach?
JTP developed these practice tests with the intention to give a child confidence during the actual test. Research has shown that when a child has had the opportunity to practice their test taking skills several times under similar circumstances to the actual test, there is a greater likelihood that they will perform to their potential on test day. The JTP practice tests are neither OLSAT tests nor samples from an actual test. These questions were created to be used to help students by giving them practice in answering the different question types they may encounter on the test. By using the JTP practice tests, we cannot guarantee that a child will receive a superior test result. What we do know is that practicing can only improve confidence and reduce anxiety thus paving the way for better performance.
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When is the best time to start using the JTP Practice Tests to prepare for testing?
The best use of the JTP practice tests is to administer them once your child is already familiar with the critical thinking skills described in part one of the 2-Pronged Approach, and has already answered the sample practice test provided in the Gifted and Talented Handbook from the DOE. Approximately four to six weeks before the test date, begin administering these practice tests. This will give you enough time to work on any gaps in your child’s skill set.
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UPDATES

    November 9, 2015: Deadline to submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form

    January 6–29, 2016:
Current K-2 public school students’ G&T exams administered at school sites

    January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2016 :
Current pre-kindergarten (pre-k) students’ and all nonpublic school students’ G&T exams administered at selected sites.

    January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and February 1, 2015:
Current pre-kindergarten (pre-k) students’ and all non-public school students’ G&T exams administered at selected sites

    Early April 2016:
Score reports and applications sent to eligible students.

    April 22, 2016:
Applications due.

    Week of May 23, 2016:
Decision letters sent to families.

    May 27 – June 10, 2016:
Families accept/decline placement offers.

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