Preparing for the OLSAT

by Jamie Peacock

The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) measures a student's ability to reason and think abstractly. Published by Pearson Education, Inc., the test is used for kindergarten through 12th grade to measure reasoning and comprehension by grade level. It is commonly used to test students who may be gifted and talented. Taking a test can be stressful for students, so your child will want to be as prepared as possible.

Identify which OLSAT test your child will be taking. There are seven levels used, depending on the grade. Levels A, B, C and D correspond to grade levels kindergarten through third. Level E is administered to fourth- and fifth-graders, Level F to sixth- through eighth-graders and Level G to ninth- through 12th-graders.

Understand the test structure. Knowing how the test is set up and administered can alleviate stress and anxiety. The paper test is created to be very kid-friendly.

Have your child begin studying at least 30 days before the test, if possible. This will allow him enough time to comprehend the material that he will be tested on. You can purchase official test preparation materials from Pearson Education or borrow materials from the library or a friend.

Talk to other students (or parents of students) who have taken the OLSAT. Find out what questions they answered incorrectly or what they thought should be emphasized when preparing for the exam.

Have your child get a good night's sleep before the test. Being rested can help her think and focus more clearly. Make certain that she eats a good breakfast, too. Eliminate as many distractions in the day as possible.

Make certain your child is early for the test and takes a pencil. Remind him to relax a few moments before the test is administered.

Things You Will Need

  • Study guides

Tip

  • If your child doesn't do well, she can always retake the OLSAT at another time.

Warning

  • Test anxiety may prevent your child from concentrating. Try to stay relaxed.

About the Author

Jamie Peacock began writing in 2009 for various blogs and Shakespeare Squared. She is an expert in travel, public health and shopping. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters of Education from the University of North Dakota.