What Is the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test?


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The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test measures cognitive abilities that translate to a student's academic success in school. By testing verbal, non-verbal and quantitative capabilities, the exam is designed to gauge student potential more accurately than traditional achievement testing.

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The exam is administered at one of seven levels, based on the age of the student: A (pre-K and kindergarten), B (first grade), C (second grade), D (third grade), E (fourth to fifth grade), F (sixth to eighth grade) and G (ninth to 12th grade).

The OLSAT is commonly used to both monitor learning progress and as admissions criteria for gifted and accelerated learning programs.

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