Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

G&T News

The Office of Student Enrollment welcomes you to Gifted & Talented Admissions!

Gifted & Talented testing occurs throughout January 2016. 

Families whose testing appointments were cancelled on January 23 and 24 have been contacted about their new appointments. If you have not yet received a new testing appointment, contact the Service Center at or 212-374-6646 by February 8 to ensure that your test is rescheduled.

Prepare your students for these assessments by taking practice tests in the G&T Program Handbook. Handbooks are also available in:

العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو

Your student's score report will be sent in early April 2016learn more about scoring here.

    G&T Admissions Overview

    Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

    Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.

    Use the resources below to learn about program options and the admissions process:

    G&T resources are also available in translation:

    العربية  | বাংলা 中文  |  Français Kreyòl Ayisyen  |  한국어  |  Русский  |  Español  |  اردو  

    G&T FAQs: Testing Period

    • What should I do if my student requires testing accommodations?

      Indicate that your student needs testing accommodations on the Request for Testing form. If a student with an IEP or 504 Plan requires accommodations not listed, contact the Office of Assessment at 212-374-6646 or .

    • Can my student be tested in a language other than English?

      Assessments in other languages are offered to:

      • Public school students in kindergarten through grade two who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs)
      • Pre-K and non-public school students.

      The G&T assessments are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Families who request an alternate language assessment for their student must indicate the requested language on the Request for Testing (RFT) form.

    • When are students tested?

      New York City public school students (non-charter) currently in grades K-2 are tested during the school day sometime from January 6-29, 2016. Your student’s school will notify you of the testing date at least two school days before testing occurs.

      All pre-K and non-public school students are tested on a weekend from January 9-31, 2016 at designated school sites. A mailed letter or email in mid-December will notify you of your student’s test date, time, and location.

    • When do I find out my student’s test results?

      Score reports are sent in early April 2016 and will indicate if your student is eligible to apply for the G&T Program.

    • How do students’ test score determine their G&T eligibility?

      Applicants’ scores on the G&T assessments are considered among the eligibility requirements. Students who obtain an overall G&T score of 97 or above are eligible for placement in both citywide and district G&T programs. Students who obtain an overall G&T score of 90 or above are eligible for placement in G&T district programs but not citywide programs. Please refer to the G&T Program Handbook for the complete eligibility requirements and a list of G&T programs.

    • Which assessments are administered to determine students’ G&T eligibility?

      In January 2016, the DOE will use the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and the verbal component of the OtisLennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The NNAT measures students’ abilities including reasoning and problemsolving skills using nonverbal test items while the verbal component of the OLSAT measures verbal reasoning and comprehension. More detailed information about the tests can be found in the G&T Program Handbook.

    • What should I do if my student’s address changes before score reports are sent?

      If your student is eligible for the G&T Program based on his or her score report, you can update your address when you submit an application in April 2016.