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Test Prep Guide for the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®)

Test Preparation Practice for OLSAT Assessment

The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test®, or OLSAT® is commonly utilized as part of the entrance process for students identified as potentially gifted and talented. The OLSAT® (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test®) is published by NCS Pearson, Inc. (previously Harcourt Assessment, Inc./The Psychological Corporation, the original publisher of the test).

The test, administered to students in kindergarten though high school, measures abstract thinking and reasoning abilities. It is a group-administered, multiple-choice exam.

Reasoning is synonymous with learning and problem-solving. The OLSAT® assessment's measurement of the five reasoning areas helps provide a balanced view of the child’s potential for academic success.

Here’s a look at each section of the test and some sample item types:

  • Verbal Comprehension measures skills such as following directions (up to grade 3), antonyms, sentence completion, and sentence arrangement (grade 3 and above).
  • Verbal Reasoning measures arithmetic reasoning (K-2), verbal analogies, verbal classifications grade 3 and up), and inference (grade 4 and up).
  • Pictorial Reasoning (grades K-2) measures pictorial classifications, pictorial analogies, and picture sequences.
  • Figural Reasoning measures figural classifications (up to grade 3), figural analogies, and figural sequences.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (grade 3 and up) measures number series, numeric inferences, and number matrices.

Test Prep Bundles and Suggested Test Prep Plan for OLSAT® Assessment

For grades K-1, we recommend working with the materials in the bundles over at least one month, but we also recognize parents often receive a testing date with less than 30-days’ notice.

If you are really pressed for time, and you see the student has mastery in a section, you may skip ahead. You may also bookmark and return to activities that are more challenging.

One way to measure the mastery is to use the first few items in each activity as a pre-test. If you see that your child answers quickly and correctly, you may want to consider moving on. If they struggle, go through the activities as best you can, but bookmark them and consider going back over them.

Using the pre-test technique will give you a good idea of where the child’s strengths and weaknesses are across the skills and abilities the material covers.

The bundles offer a lot of material, but if you make working with the books part of the daily routine, you’ll be surprised how fast things will move. Remember, the youngest students have shorter attention spans, so 15 minutes a session is fine.

It is also important to point out that all the titles have value well beyond the testing window. Each title will help enhance your child’s ability to reason and analyze, skills that are essential for success in many arenas.

 

Kindergarten Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01480XBP: $132.22

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 1

44

1

2

4

Can You Find Me? K-1

80

2

3

6

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level A

235

6

8

17

Math Analogies Beginning

152

4

6

11

Building Thinking Skills® Primary*

435

11

15

31

Thinking Skills for Tests Workbook

64

2

3

5

Thinking Skills for Tests Guide

NA

NA

NA

NA

Totals

26

37

74

* Building Thinking Skills® Primary requires Attribute Blocks and Interlocking Cubes (included in bundle). Attribute Blocks and Interlocking Cubes are included in the bundle.

 

Grade 1 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01481XBP: $132.22

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 2

43

1

2

4

Can You Find Me? K-1

80

3

3

6

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level B

264

6

9

19

Math Analogies Beginning

152

4

6

11

Building Thinking Skills® Primary*

435

11

15

31

Thinking Skills for Tests Workbook

64

2

3

5

Thinking Skills for Tests Guide

NA

NA

NA

NA

Totals

27

39

76

* Building Thinking Skills® Primary requires Attribute Blocks and Interlocking Cubes (included in bundle). Attribute Blocks and Interlocking Cubes are included in the bundle.

 

Grade 2 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01482XBP: $90.85

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 2

43

1

2

3

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level C

284

7

9

20

Math Analogies Book 1

48

1

2

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 1

1,072

25

36

76

Thinking Skills for Tests Workbook

64

2

3

5

Thinking Skills for Tests Guide

NA

NA

NA

NA

Totals

36

52

107

 

Grade 3 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01483XBP: $126.83

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 3

48

1

2

3

Word Roots Beginning

72

2

3

5

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level D

349

8

12

25

Math Analogies Book 1

48

1

2

3

Think Analogies® A1

48

1

2

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 1

1,072

25

36

76

Inference Jones™ Beginning

48

1

2

4

Thinking Skills For Tests: Upper Elementary

229

5

8

15

Totals

44

67

134

 

Grade 4 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01484XBP: $154.71

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 3 & Mind Benders® Book 4

96

2

4

7

Word Roots A2

72

2

3

5

Math Analogies Book 2

48

1

2

3

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level E

349

8

12

25

Think Analogies® A1

48

1

2

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 2

1374

33

46

98

Reading Detective® Beginning

52

1

2

4

Inference Jones™ Beginning

48

1

2

4

Thinking Skills For Tests: Upper Elementary

229

5

8

15

Totals

54

81

164

 

Grade 5-6 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01485XBP: $188.90

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 3 & Mind Benders® Book 4

96

2

4

7

Word Roots A2

72

2

3

5

Math Analogies Book 2

48

1

2

3

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level F

384

9

13

28

Mathematical Reasoning™ Level G

404

10

13

29

Think Analogies® A1

48

1

2

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 2

1374

33

46

98

Reading Detective® A1

50

1

2

4

Inference Jones™ Level 1

48

1

2

4

Thinking Skills For Tests: Upper Elementary

229

5

8

15

Totals

65

94

196

 

Grade 7-8 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01486XBP: $141.22

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 5 & Mind Benders® Book 6

96

2

4

7

Word Roots B1 & Word Roots B2

144

3

5

10

Mathematical Reasoning™ Middle School Supplement

160

4

6

12

Think Analogies® B1

49

1

2

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural

259

6

9

18

Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal

350

8

12

25

Reading Detective® B1

50

1

2

4

Totals

25

40

78

 

Grade 9-12 Test Prep Bundle for OLSAT® 01487XBP: $116.04

Number of Activities

Six Week Program: Daily #

One Month Program: Daily #

Two Week Program: Daily #

Mind Benders® Book 5 & Mind Benders® Book 6

96

2

4

7

Word Roots B1 & Word Roots B2

144

3

5

10

Algebra Word Problems Book 1

490

12

18

3

Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural

259

6

9

18

Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal

350

8

12

25

Totals

31

48

63

The contents of these bundles were determined by The Critical Thinking Co.™ and have not been reviewed by, nor are they endorsed, sponsored or approved by either the author or publisher of the tests. While the contents of these bundles will help prepare students to master most of the skills tested, they do not reflect the actual test items on any given test.

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® and OLSAT® are trademarks, in the US and /or other countries, of Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s), or their licensors, which do not endorse these products.

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