NYC's Preschool Gifted and Talented Tests

Monday, January 16, 2012

Julie Shapiro, reporter, talks about the Preschool Gifted and Talented Tests offered now through February 10 in New York City. Last year, only 6 percent of test takers were selected for a spot in one of the city’s prestigious gifted kindergarten programs, and to beat these odds, parents sometimes go to extremes to prepare their preschool children for the standardized test. Julie Shapiro’s article “How to Prepare your Preschooler for Gifted and Talented Tests” appears on


Julie Shapiro

Comments [7]


here is an article detailing how the citywide admission system works:

Jan. 18 2012 08:30 PM

Has there been any followup study to check if these G&T programs makes any difference in say SAT score or college admissions?

Jan. 17 2012 12:27 AM
Anne from Brooklyn

I agree with Roberta, as a former teacher I see gifted and talented as a class divider and it is not equitable. Leonard - you said kindergarteners don't have reading instruction in regular public schools. That is not true at all, Reading curricula in NYC is no joke and a lot of teachers think its way too rigorous for 5 years olds, in fact

Jan. 16 2012 01:28 PM
Alex from Brooklyn

That bit about the tests where just seeing the material allowed kids who aren't properly academic to score well sounded oddly familiar to the SATs.

Jan. 16 2012 01:26 PM
Susan from Morningside Hts.

The G+T tests currently being used by NYC do not test for "giftedness" the way the Stanford Binet does. Instead it tests for "school readiness." This screens out children who may turn out to have learning disabilities, which usually don't emerge until 1st or 2nd grade. Albert Einstein, for instance,would have been screened out from today's "gifted" programs since he was not only brilliant, but had learning disabilites as well.

Jan. 16 2012 01:25 PM
Jeff Hoppa from Manhattan

My child qualified for G&T Kindergarten and we were given 5 options and asked to rank these according to our preference. We did so and were offered our LAST choice, which seemed like a less attractive option than a local non-G&T school dual language program, which is what we chose. Did we make a mistake to pass on the G&T offer?

Jan. 16 2012 01:20 PM
Roberta from Brooklyn

Preparation for G&T programs is really disgusting, furthering the class division among NYC public school students.

Jan. 16 2012 01:18 PM

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