OLSAT 1st Grade – Last Minute Prep


Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, there’s still time to help your child prepare and go into the test feeling calm, confident, and ready to go. Our last-minute course includes a full-length OLSAT practice test.


Elm Academy’s Online OLSAT Course

Our OLSAT 1st Grade – Last Minute Course offers:

  • 1 full-length OLSAT practice test (60 questions)
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Audio instructions for all Verbal questions
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 30-day license

*Note that our Last Minute products include only a full-length practice test and do not include the lessons, quizzes, and study guides that are included in our full courses.

For a more comprehensive practice experience that includes and additional practice test, quizzes, and a parent guide, check out our full OLSAT course:

OLSAT 1st Grade

Realistic OLSAT Practice Tests

The best way to prepare for the OLSAT is with realistic, timed, full-length practice tests. The OLSAT contains many unique question types that are likely unfamiliar to your child, so going in prepared will ensure that they don’t get caught off guard on test day. Preparing with a full-length test will allow your child to become familiar with each of the specific question types so that they’re fully prepared for the real test.

Full-length practice tests also allow your child to get used to working under the pressure of a time limit. Pacing yourself on a timed test is just as important as being able to answer the individual questions. All in all, experiencing a realistic practice test is the best way to prepare and to ensure that your child performs to the best of their abilities on the real test.


Start Practicing 


About the OLSAT 1st Grade

The OLSAT, or Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, is a standardized multiple choice test that is frequently used to assess students for gifted and talented and other advanced school programs.

The basics:

  • 60 total questions
    • 30 Verbal Questions
    • 30 Nonverbal Questions
  • 75 minute administration time
  • Reading not required. Instructions on Verbal section read aloud.

The OLSAT is divided by grade level. In general, the OLSAT Level B is administered to 1st grade students. While this is the most likely version of the test your 1st grader will take, it’s best to check with your school in advance, as some schools may test above or below grade level.

The OLSAT Level B contains 60 questions: 30 Verbal questions, and 30 Nonverbal questions. Both the Verbal and Nonverbal sections have subcategories, which each include specific question types. In total, the OLSAT Level B includes 9 question types. See the table below for the breakdown:

Verbal Nonverbal
Verbal Comprehension Verbal Reasoning Pictorial Reasoning Figural Reasoning
Following Directions Aural Reasoning Picture Classification Figural Classification
Arithmetic Reasoning Picture Analogies Figural Analogies
Pattern Matrix
Figural Series

Since this level of the test does not assess a child’s reading and writing abilities, questions on the Verbal section focus on abilities such as the ability to follow directions, comprehend instructions, and detect patterns. Many of these questions will have the instructions read aloud by the instructor. We have included audio recordings for these questions in our courses.

Read more about the OLSAT.



Free OLSAT Sample Questions

Try out our free OLSAT 1st grade sample course to see what the OLSAT’s questions look like and to get a feel for the courses we offer:

OLSAT 1st Grade (Free)


You can also take a look at the sample questions below:

Following Directions

These questions will have instructions read aloud by an instructor. We have included audio files like this in all Following Directions questions in our course.

OLSAT 1st Grade Following Directions

Answer: The correct answer is the third option. This is the only figure with three circles and one square. 


Aural Reasoning

These questions will have instructions read aloud by an instructor. We have included audio files like this in all Aural Reasoning questions in our course.

OLSAT 1st Grade Aural Reasoning

Answer: The correct answer is the key. A key is used to lock and unlock a door.

Arithmetic Reasoning

OLSAT 1st Grade Arithmetic Reasoning

Answer: The correct answer is 5 elephants. We just need to add up the total number of elephants seen by Nancy (2) and Paul (3):

2 + 3 = 5 elephants

Picture Classification

The pictures below go together in a certain way. One of them doesn’t belong with the others. Which one doesn’t belong?

OLSAT 1st Grade Picture Classification

Answer: The correct answer is the scarf. The other items are all things that you can wear over your hand, while a scarf is usually worn around your neck.

Picture Analogies

OLSAT 1st Grade Picture Analogies

Answer: The correct answer is the chicken. In the top row, there is a picture of a puppy in the first box. In the second box there is a picture of an adult dog. A puppy is a baby dog.

In the bottom row, the first picture is of a chick, which is a baby chicken. This means the correct answer will be a chicken.

Figural Classification

The figures below go together in a certain way. One of them doesn’t belong with the others. Which one doesn’t belong?

OLSAT 1st Grade Figural Classification

The correct answer is the white rectangle. All of the other shapes are triangles.

Figural Analogies


OLSAT 1st Grade Figural Analogies

Answer: The correct answer is the oval. In the top row, the first shape is a triangle. The second shape is also a triangle, but it is narrower and stretched out.

In the bottom row, the first shape is a circle. The correct answer will be a similar shape that is narrower and stretched out, which is the oval.

Pattern Matrix

OLSAT 1st Grade Pattern Matrix

Answer: The correct answer is the three green hearts. Each row row has the same shape in the same color in each frame. The only difference is that the number of shapes increases as you go across from 1 to 2 to 3. This means in the bottom row, the last frame will be 3 green hearts.

Figural Series

OLSAT 1st Grade Figural Series

Answer: The correct answer is the blue heptagon. Going across the series, the number of sides each shape has increases by one: the first frame has a triangle (3 sides), the next frame has a parallelogram (4 sides), then a pentagon (5) and a hexagon (6). This means the next shape must have 7 sides.

Start Practicing Now

As you can see above, the OLSAT’s question styles are unlike anything your child has seen in the classroom. Preparation for this test is crucial and could be the difference between your child making it into the gifted program or missing the cut. Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, it’s never too late to start practicing for the OLSAT.

Get started now! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when will I receive access to the course?

As our courses are entirely online, you will be able to access them immediately after purchase. As soon as the purchase is complete, you can access your account by clicking on “My Account” in the top menu. You will also receive an email with your login information should you need to log in again at a later time or from another device. All course content can be accessed at any time through your account.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and use Stripe to process our credit card payments. You also have the option to pay with PayPal. Elm Academy does not store or collect your payment details. That information is processed directly by Stripe and PayPal. You can read more about payment security under the Payments section of our Privacy Policy.

How many payments do I have to make?

Just one. There are no recurring charges or membership fees on our website. Simply purchase the course you need with a one-time payment. You won’t be charged again after that.

What is your refund policy?

While we believe in the quality products we provide, we understand that there is always the possibility that you won’t be satisfied with your purchase. If you request a refund, we would be happy to help on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about our refund policy here.

What happens if I have questions while going through the course with my child?

Whether you have questions about a specific quiz question or need help logging in to your account, you can contact us at any time at support@elmacademyprep.com

Have more questions?

Send us any other questions you have using the form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.