Parent Letter #11 - Gifted and Talented

posted Apr 6, 2011, 10:39 AM by Felicia Ippolito

October 12, 2010


Dear Parents of Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd Grade students:


The NYC Gifted & Talented Test Information Handbooks for School Year 2010-11 are now available. The handbook contains all information regarding the admissions process. If you are interested in having your child tested for possible placement into a G&T program in 2011-12, please request a copy of the appropriate handbook from your child’s school or visit:  It is recommended that you go over the sample test in the handbook with your child to see if such a program is appropriate and meets his/her needs.


Families requesting to have their child tested must first complete a Request for Testing (RFT) form. Parents can choose to complete the RFT form either online or by completing the form included in the handbook and turning it into your child’s DOE public school or local Borough Enrollment Office (please see the RFT for instructions on submitting your form). Only one RFT, either online or the paper form, should be submitted.


The online RFT is accessible from Oct 12 – Nov 17 at Completing the form online only takes a few minutes and families will receive an email notification that their request has been received. For current public school parents, an OSIS number (student ID) is required to complete the form online.  Families that do not have access to a computer at home can complete an online RFT at one of the main New York City public library locations. You may call 311 to find your nearest library.


Please be aware that there is a separate color-coded handbook for each year of birth, which may not necessarily correspond to your child’s current grade. Please make sure that you have the appropriate handbook by referring to the chart below. OLSAT is the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, which is the G&T assessment.


2010-2011 New York City Gifted & Talented Testing Program

OLSAT tests are administered based on the child’s birth year, not grade levels.

Date of Birth


Gifted & Talented Test Information 2010-2011

Students born in 2006

Level A

 Purple handbook

Students born in 2005

Level A

 Blue handbook

Students born in 2004

Level B

 Green handbook

Students born in 2003

Level C

 Red handbook


The deadline to submit the Request for Testing (RFT) form, either online or to your child’s school or Borough Enrollment Office, is November 17, 2010. Testing will take place between January 10 and March 4, 2011.  Please note: for students born in 2003 and 2004, there are very limited seats for placement.





M. Biondollilo