Elm Academy’s Online OLSAT Course
Our OLSAT 1st Grade Course offers:
- 185 total practice questions
- 2 full-length OLSAT practice tests (120 questions)
- 9 quizzes (65 questions)
- 4 detailed lessons covering every question type
- Thorough explanations for every question
- Audio instructions for all Verbal questions
- Parent guide with recommended study schedules & tips
- Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
- 1-year license
For a more basic practice experience, check out our discounted Last Minute OLSAT course:
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.
Course Structure & Study Schedule
OLSAT workbooks or test prep companies will provide you with quality study materials, but nothing else. With little direction or structure, young children may struggle to focus enough to prepare for such a difficult test. As parents, it’s difficult to know how to guide them through the process.
This is why we’ve created a structured course in addition to our full-length tests. This includes recommended study schedules and a parent guide for you to help your child through each of the lessons and quizzes included in the course. The parent guide will be the first things you see when accessing your account.
Detailed Lessons & Quizzes
Our OLSAT courses include detailed lessons that go over each of the unique question types that appear on the test. The OLSAT’s question types will likely be unfamiliar and new to your child, and these lessons will allow them to spend time learning each about each one of them. At the end of each lesson, there will be a short quiz to review the concepts covered.
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.
- 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 Comprehension||Verbal Reasoning||Pictorial Reasoning||Figural Reasoning|
|Following Directions||Aural Reasoning||Picture Classification||Figural Classification|
|Arithmetic Reasoning||Picture Analogies||Figural Analogies|
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:
You can also take a look at the sample questions below:
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.
Answer: The correct answer is the third option. This is the only figure with three circles and one square.
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.
Answer: The correct answer is the key. A key is used to lock and unlock a door.
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
The pictures below go together in a certain way. One of them doesn’t belong with the others. Which one doesn’t belong?
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.
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.
The figures below go together in a certain way. One of them doesn’t belong with the others. Which one doesn’t belong?
The correct answer is the white rectangle. All of the other shapes are triangles.
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.
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.
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. Get started with our comprehensive OLSAT course that includes detailed lessons, quizzes, realistic full-length practice tests, and a helpful parent guide with study tips and recommended study schedules.
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.
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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?
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