OLSAT 2nd Grade


We’re here to help make sure your 2nd grader is calm, confident, and ready to go on test day. Check out some free sample questions below, learn everything you need to know about the test, and get started with our comprehensive course for the OLSAT 2nd Grade (Level C), which includes 2 OLSAT practice tests.


Elm Academy’s Online OLSAT Course

Our OLSAT 2nd 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 found on the OLSAT 2nd Grade
  • 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:

OLSAT 2nd Grade – Last Minute Prep

Realistic OLSAT Practice Tests

The OLSAT is filled with unique question types that are likely unfamiliar to your child. The best way to go into the test without being caught off guard by these questions is to prepare with realistic, timed, full-length practice tests. This will allow your child to become familiar with each of these question types so that they’re not seeing them for the first time on test day.

Practicing with full-length practice tests also allows your child to get used to working under the pressure of a time limit. Being able to pace yourself on a timed test is just as important as knowing how 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

Many test prep companies or workbooks will provide you with just study materials, and nothing else. With little direction or instruction, young children may struggle to prepare for such a daunting test. As parents, it’s difficult to know how to guide them through the process.

This is why we’ve created a structured course outline and have included recommended study schedules and a parent guide for you to help your child through the preparation process. These will be the first things you see when accessing your account.

Detailed Lessons & Quizzes

Our OLSAT courses include lessons that go over each of the specific question types that appear on the test. The OLSAT’s unique question types will likely be unfamiliar and strange to your child, and these lessons will allow them to spend time learning each about each one and the specific concepts that show up frequently on the test. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz to review the concepts covered.

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About the OLSAT 2nd 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
  • 72 minute administration time
  • Reading not required. Instructions on Verbal section read aloud.

The OLSAT is divided by grade level. The level generally administered to 2nd grade students is the OLSAT Level C. While this is the most likely version of the test your 2nd 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 C is made up of 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 C 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

Questions on the Verbal section do not assess a student’s reading and writing abilities. Rather, they 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.

Read more about the OLSAT.



Free OLSAT Sample Questions

Try out our free OLSAT 2nd grade sample course to see what the OLSAT’s questions look like and to get a feel for the courses we offer:

OLSAT 2nd Grade (Free)


You can also view this PDF or 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 2nd Grade Following Directions Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the fourth option. This is the only figure with the oval in the middle next to a cylinder and a 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.

CogAT 2nd Grade Free Picture Analogies

Answer: The correct answer is the building blocks. The basketball, basketball hoop, and baseball are all used for playing sports, but the building blocks are not.

Arithmetic Reasoning

OLSAT 2nd Grade Arithmetic Reasoning Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is 2 baseballs. Jeremy brought 8 baseballs with him to practice, and the coach told him to take out 3/4 of them to use. 3/4 of 8 is 6 baseballs. If they are using 6 baseballs, that means there are 2 left over (8 – 6 = 2). This means that 2 baseballs were put away.

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 2nd Grade Picture Classification Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the carrot. The other four things are all fruits, and the carrot is a vegetable. 

Picture Analogies

CogAT 2nd Grade Free Picture Analogies

Answer: The correct answer is the baseball. In the top row, the first picture is a tennis racket. The second picture is a tennis ball. Both are used to play tennis, and when playing, you hit the ball with the racket.

The bottom row should have the same relationship. The first picture is a baseball bat. This means the second picture should be something else that you use to play baseball. It should also be what you hit with the bat. This makes the baseball the correct answer.

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 2nd Grade Figural Classification Free Sample

The correct answer is the pentagon. All the other shapes are quadrilaterals, meaning they have 4 sides, except for the pentagon, which has 5 sides.

Figural Analogies

CogAT 2nd Grade Figure Matrices Free

CogAT 2nd Grade Figure Matrices Free

Answer: The correct answer is the grey triangle pointing to the right. In the top row, the first box has a white arrow pointing up. In the second box, there is a grey arrow pointing right. From the first box to the second, the arrow rotates on its side, and changes color from grey to white.

The bottom row will have the same pattern. In the first box, there is a white triangle. The second box should have the triangle rotate on its side, and the color should change from white to grey.

Pattern Matrix

OLSAT 2nd Grade Pattern Matrix Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the third option, the pentagon with 3 dots inside of it. There are 3 patterns to notice: first, each row has 3 figures that contain the same shape that remains the same color. Second, going from left to right through each row, the shape gets bigger. Third, going from top to bottom in each column, the number of dots increases from 1 to 3. This means the correct answer must be a pentagon that is blue, is bigger than the other 2 pentagons in its row, and has 3 dots.

Figural Series

OLSAT 2nd Grade Figural Series Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the first option, the figure with the grey square in the top left corner, the blue circle in the top right corner, and the white arrow pointing to the right. There are three patterns in this series as it goes from left to right: first, the grey square moves around the frame in a counterclockwise fashion. Since it is in the top right corner in the last frame, this means in the correct answer it will be in the top left. Second, the blue circle stays in the same position and does not move or change. This means it will remain in the same position in the correct answer. Third, the white arrow alternates between pointing left and right. In the last frame, it is pointing left, meaning that in the correct answer, it will be pointing to the right.

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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.

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