The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®), published by Pearson Education Inc., measures cognitive abilities relating to success in school. The test has several levels that correspond to different grade levels or age ranges. The test is comprised of two main sections: Verbal and Nonverbal. Each of these is further broken into specific sections that vary by level and include a mix of reasoning and thinking activities.
The OLSAT® is one of the most commonly used assessments for identifying gifted children during elementary school-age years—as an entrance test to a talented and gifted program; or as a prescriptive assessment tool to find student strengths and deficiencies. In short, the OLSAT® has the capability to answer many questions regarding your student’s abilities across both verbal and nonverbal spectrums.
Most test preparation products try to mimic sample problems provided by the test publisher. They offer smaller, cheaper practice activities—often without proper instruction of the concepts being assessed—to try to prep students for the test. This teaching-to-the-test approach leaves students vulnerable to variations of problems that they are likely to encounter in a test.
The authors of this book analyzed the thinking skills and academic concepts targeted in the OLSAT® Level A to create a powerful test prep product that teaches beyond the test. It also improves students’ critical thinking skills so they also perform better in school.
Our test preparation approach is to provide students:
- Instructions on targeted test skills
- Important test scoring strategy
- Four Practice Tests--enough spiraling practice questions to help students feel confident in the skills being tested.
Disclaimer: OLSAT®—the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test®, Eighth Edition (OLSAT®) is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, Inc., their affiliate(s), or their licensor(s). Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® and OLSAT® are registered trademarks (in the United States and/or other countries) of Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s) ("Pearson"), or their licensors, neither of which endorse these products. The Critical Thinking Co.™ is not affiliated with, or related to Pearson. Pearson does not sponsor or endorse, has not reviewed, certified, or approved any product(s) of The Critical Thinking Co.™. The contents of this book were determined solely 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 OLSAT®, or other tests mentioned in the content. Furthermore, The Critical Thinking Co.™ uses trademarks referring to specific test providers for nominative purposes only, and such trademarks are solely the property of their respective owners. While the contents herein assist in the preparation of students to master most of the skills on the OLSAT® Level A, they do not reflect the actual test items on any administered test.