OLSAT 3rd Grade


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We’re here to help make sure your 3rd 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 3rd Grade (Level D), which includes 2 OLSAT practice tests.


Elm Academy’s Online OLSAT Course

Our OLSAT 3rd 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 3rd Grade
  • Thorough explanations for every question
  • Instant online access via desktop, smartphone, or tablet
  • 1-year license

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Realistic OLSAT Practice Tests

The best way to help your 3rd grader prepare for the OLSAT is by taking realistic, full-length OLSAT practice tests. The test is filled with unique and likely unfamiliar question types that your child may struggle with if they go in unprepared. Becoming familiar with each of these question types so that they’re not seeing them for the first time on test day can go a long way toward achieving a high score on the test.

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

Test prep companies or workbooks will often provide you with just study materials, and nothing else. Without any other 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 3rd 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:

  • 64 total questions
    • 32 Verbal Questions
    • 32 Nonverbal Questions
  • 60 minute administration time

The OLSAT is divided by grade level. In general, the OLSAT Level D is administered to students in 3rd grade. However, it’s best to check with your school in advance, as some schools may test above or below grade level.

The OLSAT Level D is made up of 64 questions: 32 Verbal questions, and 32 Nonverbal questions. Both the Verbal and Nonverbal sections have subcategories, which each include specific question types. In total, the OLSAT Level D includes 15 question types. See the table below for the breakdown:

Verbal Nonverbal
Verbal Comprehension Verbal Reasoning Figural Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning
Antonyms Arithmetic Reasoning Figural Classification Number Series
Sentence Completion Logical Selection Figural Analogies Numeric Inference
Sentence Arrangement Word/Letter Matrix Pattern Matrix Number Matrix
Verbal Analogies Figural Series
Verbal Classification


Read more about the OLSAT.



Free OLSAT Sample Questions

Try out our free OLSAT 3rd grade sample course to see what the OLSAT’s questions look like and to get a feel for the courses we offer:

OLSAT 3rd Grade (Free)


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


The opposite of flexible is:

a. bendy

b. cruel

c. tolerant

d. rigid

e. careless

Answer: The correct answer is rigid. Flexible means able to be bent without breaking, while rigid means unable to be bent or changed.


Sentence Completion

Amanda finally found a _____ to the problem that would make everyone happy.

a. cause

b. drawback

c. reward

d. solution

e. source

Answer: The correct answer is solution. By reading through the sentence, it is clear that Amanda was able to find something that would help solve the problem for everyone. The word solution means a way of solving a problem, making it the correct answer.

Sentence Arrangement

Rearrange the words below to make the best sentence. Once the sentence is rearranged, what letter would the last word begin with?

every  for  vegetables  health  your  eating  and  day  good  fruits  is

a. I

b. G

c. F

d. V

e. H

Answer: The correct answer is H. When rearranged, the sentence reads: “Eating fruits and vegetables every day is good for your health.” The last word is health, which beings with the letter H. 

Arithmetic Reasoning

Mitch and Alex baked 20 cookies. Mitch ate half of them, and Alex ate 4. How many cookies were left?

a. 7

b. 9

c. 6

d. 10

e. 8


Answer: The correct answer is 6 cookies. There were 20 cookies to start, and if Mitch ate half of them, that means we must divide 20 by 2 to find out how many he ate:

20 ÷ 2 = 10 cookies

If we then subtract the 10 cookies Mitch ate, we get 10 cookies remaining:

20 – 10 = 10 cookies

Alex then ate 4 cookies, which means we must subtract 4 from the 10 remaining cookies to find out how many were left:

10 – 4 = 6 cookies


Logical Selection

All airports must have ________. 

a. restaurants

b. shops

c. boats

d. runways

Answer: The correct answer is runways. Airports must have runways for airplanes to take off from. Airports do not need to have restaurants or shops, and most do not have boats.

Word/Letter Matrix

OLSAT 3rd Grade Word/Letter Matrix Free Sample

a. actor

b. farmer

c. acting

d. fame

e. famous

Answer: The correct answer is famous. In the top row, the first two items are act and ive. When put together, they form the word active, which is the last word in the row. The second row will have a similar pattern. The first two items are fam and ous, so the correct answer will be a word that combines them, making famous the correct answer. 


Verbal Analogies

Decrease → Increase : Shallow →

a. Grow

b. Water

c. Deep

d. Wide

e. Reduce

Answer: The correct answer is deep. The first pair of words, decrease and increase, are opposites. The word decrease means to make something smaller, and the word increase means to make something larger.

The second pair of words should follow the same pattern. The first word is shallow, meaning the next word must have the opposite meaning, making deep the correct answer.

Verbal Classification

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

Root   Branch   Leaf   Trunk   Soil

Answer: The correct answer is soil. The rest of the words are all parts of a tree.

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 Figure Classification Free Sample 3rd Grade


Answer: The correct answer is the purple cross. All of the other figures have an arrow as part of the shape.


Figural Analogies

CogAT 3rd Grade Figure Matrices Free Sample

Answer: The correct answer is the fourth option. In the top row, there are 3 shapes in the first box: a large blue triangle, a smaller grey square, and an even smaller black circle. The same 3 shapes appear in the second box, but with a few changes. First, the triangle has switched from being the largest shape to the smallest shape. Second, the circle has switched from being the smallest shape to the largest. Third, the triangle is now upside down. The grey square does not change.

The bottom row should follow the same pattern. In the first box has a large black pentagon, a smaller white trapezoid, and an even smaller grey plus sign. The correct answer will show these 3 shapes changing in the same way the shapes changed in the top row. First, the large black pentagon will be come the smallest shape. Second, the plus sign will become the largest shape. Third, the pentagon will flip upside down. The white trapezoid does not change.

Pattern Matrix

OLSAT 3rd Grade Pattern Matrix Free Sample Question

Answer: The correct answer is the first answer choice. In the top row, the first frame shows three concentric circles: a large white circle, a smaller grey circle, and an even smaller black circle. In the next frame, the black circle has moved to the top right corner. In the last frame. The grey circle has moved to the right side of the frame. 

The second row has the same pattern, but with three squares. The small black square moves to the top right corner, and the grey square moves to the right side. 

The bottom row will follow the same pattern. This row has three trapezoids. This means the final frame will have the large white trapezoid in its original position, a small black trapezoid in the top right corner, and the grey trapezoid on the right side. 

Figural Series

OLSAT 3rd Grade Figural Series Free Sample Question


Answer: The correct answer is the first answer choice, the large heart with the small diamond inside of it. In the first frame of the series, there is a large square with a small triangle inside of it. In the next frame, the triangle is now the large shape, and the square has disappeared. A new, different shape appears inside of the triangle. In the next frame, the circle is now the large shape with a new small shape inside.

Continuing this pattern, we know the correct answer must have a large heart, since the last frame in the question has a small heart. We also know that the trapezoid in the last frame disappears, and that we must have a new, different shape inside of the heart. This makes the heart with the diamond inside of it the correct answer.

Number Series

5    12    9    16    13    ?

a. 10

b. 19

c. 20

d. 6

e. 16

Answer: The correct answer is 20. The first number in the series is 5. The next number is 12, meaning that 7 was added. The next number is 9, meaning that 3 was subtracted. The next number is 16, meaning that 7 was added again. This means the pattern in this series is +7, – 3. Following this pattern, we should add 7 to 13, giving us 20 as the correct answer.

Numeric Inference

The numbers below are related according to the same rule. What is the missing number?

Free OLSAT Numeric Inference Sample Question 3rd Grade

a. 35

b. 37

c. 29

d. 39

e. 27

Answer: The correct answer is 39. The first pair of numbers is 8 and 24. The relationship between them is that 8 x 3 = 24. The second pair of numbers is 11 and 33, and these numbers have the same relationship: 11 x 3 = 33. This means the correct answer will be 13 x 3, which is 39. 

Number Matrix

The numbers in the box go together in a certain way. What number belongs in place of the question mark? 


OLSAT Number Matrix Free Sample Question 3rd Grade

a. 16

b. 17

c. 18

d. 19

e. 20


Answer: The correct answer is 19. Going across the first row, the pattern is (+8, -4). 13 + 8 is 21, and 21 – 4 is 17. The second row has the same pattern: 16 + 8 is 24, and 24 – 4 is 20. The bottom row must follow the same pattern as well. If we plug in 19, the pattern will work: 19 + 8 is 27, and 27 – 4 is 3. This makes 19 the correct answer.

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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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