The Otis–Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), issued by Pearson Education, Inc., a part of Pearson PLC, is a test of abstract thinking and reasoning ability for students aged six to eighteen. The Otis-Lennon test is a multiple-choice, group-administered (except for preschool), pencil-and-paper test that assesses verbal, mathematical, and spatial reasoning abilities.
The test produces verbal and nonverbal scores, from which a total score, known as a School Ability Index, is calculated (SAI). With a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 16, the SAI is a normalized standard score. The test is given in groups, with the exception of pre-K.
Parents that are actively involved in their children’s lives can make a significant effect.
What about us, the parents? Couldn’t parents obtain some insight into their children’s particular potential by interpreting the test results? Is it possible for parents to involve their children in activities that improve a child’s cognitive capacities, which are stated to “relate to a student’s capacity to learn in school?” Isn’t that a fantastic thing to have?
The first step is to ask your child’s teacher or school test administrator for a thorough report on the test results. Request a report with scores broken down by cluster and item type.
The OLSAT is divided into seven levels that can be used from kindergarten to 12th grade. The OLSAT has multiple purposes: it serves as a benchmark for determining individual year-to-year growth; some teachers may find it useful in determining individual educational needs; and for some school systems, it serves as a benchmark for determining individual educational needs.
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The Level A OLSAT, the publisher’s lowest level, is designed to measure kindergarten students’ school abilities (up to “above average”), however it evaluates areas that are not routinely taught (i.e., it does not assess reading and math abilities).
Some teachers utilize the Level A test to evaluate preschoolers, but only 40 of the 60 questions are required for three-year-olds. All 60 questions are given to four-year-olds. Scoring is done against peers in three-month age groups. Children born from October 4 to January 4 are compared to each other, and children born on January 4 to April 4 are compared to each other, and so on.
Set Them Up for Success on the Day of the Test
When the OLSAT testing days arrive, do everything you can to ensure your child’s success. Ascertain that he goes to bed on time and that he is well rested. Prepare a breakfast that will satisfy his hunger and provide energy for the rest of the day. Prepare his favorite clothing and give him a high five as you walk out the door.
Little things you do in the morning can help him have a more enjoyable testing experience.
Encourage the use of skills tests
It’s vital not to emphasise the end result of the stress to your younger students when discussing the OLSAT. Instead, teach about good testing skills and practices like taking your time, not rushing just because your neighbor finished before you, and making the best guess you can based on what you know. You want your child to give it their all at all times.
Work on listening and following directions with your youngster as well. It’s important to keep in mind that the exam instructions will only be read once. Try to work with your youngster on following directions after just hearing them once throughout your time together.