• FAQs about the OLSAT-8

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    Otis-Lennon School Ability Test

    Los Angeles Unified School District intends to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds and whose extraordinary capacities require special services and programs (Title V, California Code of Regulations Section 3820).  Evidence of a student’s capability shall consider the economic, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of students’ background (Title V, California Code of Regulations Section 3823). 

    What is the OLSAT-8? 
    The OLSAT-8 (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition) is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities given to all second grade students. It is a multiple choice test that lasts approximately 75 minutes.

    What areas are measured on the test? 

    • Verbal Comprehension: understanding of language; similarities and differences among words
    • Verbal Reasoning: using language to infer, apply, and classify
    • Pictorial Reasoning: inferring from and evaluating pictures
    • Figural Reasoning: reasoning involving geometric shapes

    Who takes the OLSAT-8? 
    In LAUSD, the OLSAT-8 is administered to all second grade students in general education classrooms. Students already identified as gifted in the Intellectual Ability category, students who have been retained and students who take the CAPA are exempt.

    Why is the District administering this test?
    It is part of a District-wide plan to address the disproportionate number of underrepresented student populations identified as gifted and capture students who may be overlooked in the referral process.

    How will the results be used?
    A student may be referred for gifted identification in the “High Achievement” category if score criteria is met using the Total Age-Based Percentile Score from the OLSAT-8. To qualify, students must score 95% and above in order to qualify or 90%-94% if student meets federally-
    defined poverty level.

    Are students allowed to prepare for the OLSAT-8?
    Yes. Because the OLSAT-8 is considered an aptitude test and not an intellectual test, students may practice items similar to those on the actual assessment. Students are not allowed to prepare for an intellectual test administered by an LAUSD psychologist nor are they allowed to preview the actual OLSAT test.

    How can I find out more information about the OLSAT-8?
    Informational meetings are scheduled each spring District-wide that will specifically address the OLSAT-8. All parents of second grade students are invited to attend. Check with the school of attendance for dates and locations or on this website.