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Catalog of Gifted Talented Books

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Gifted and Talented Test Preparation: Gifted test prep book for the OLSAT, NNAT2, and COGAT; Workbook for children in preschool and kindergarten (Gifted Games)

Author: Gateway Gifted Resources
ISBN:0997943904
Publication Date:2016-08-18
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$17.99
Rank:13829
Description:

Help maximize your child s chances of acing gifted and talented admissions tests! When it comes to gifted test prep, don t risk your son or daughter being unprepared and underperforming on test day.

Your child must be familiar with test material AND be able to focus on test material for longer than the typical 4-5 minute attention span of most young kids. This book offers a chance to do both.

This resource focuses on three aptitude tests commonly used for gifted program screening: the OLSAT® (Level A), NNAT2® (Level A), and the COGAT® (Level 5/6).

- Ensure your child has sufficient experience in answering gifted test questions, thanks to this book s 200+ practice questions. (Plus, after you purchase this book, look inside your book for info to instantly download your free 40+ question bonus eBook.)

- Make sure (s)he has acquired the mental stamina to focus on test questions with the book s Practice Tests for the OLSAT®, NNAT2®, and COGAT® (the book s Practice Question Sets ).

- Pinpoint your child s areas of strength/weakness with the practice test answer key.

- Capture your child s attention with bright, colorful illustrations and fun characters: 100 full-color pages.

- Exercises focus on cognitive skill-building, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities and thoroughly cover the tests sections: OLSAT® (10 test sections), NNAT2® (2 test sections), COGAT® (9 test sections).

Engaging young, creative, and boisterous minds with test prep material is challenging - that s why this book features fun characters, child-friendly themes, and colorful illustrations. Such engagement can help kids retain the information they ll learn in this book and then apply it on test day!

What are your kid s dreams to be a doctor, astronaut, or perhaps...president? Gaining acceptance to a coveted gifted and talented program or earning a spot in a sought-after, selective school could determine your child s educational path or even his or her future career.

Help your child dream big and take the first steps on this exciting educational journey and achieve their dreams. YOU are your child s best teacher, and this book is here to help!

(COGAT® is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. OLSAT® and NNAT2® are trademarks of Pearson Education. These test publishers are not affiliated with Gateway Gifted Resources and do not endorse this product.)


Gifted and Talented Test Prep 1: Geared For NNAT and OLSAT For Ages 3-6

Author: Jack and Jill Publishing Inc
ISBN:1490914048
Publication Date:2013-09-29
List Price:$29.95
Lowest New Price:$27.97
Rank:66908
Description:
This book is a 120 full color paged children's test prep workbook for gifted and talented training from ages 3-6. It is geared toward the NNAT and the OLSAT test, which is used widely as a gifted and talented qualification test. It may also be used to prep for other gifted and talented children's standardized tests. The book contains 10 different topics in which children will be able to learn different things. These topics are Identifying Colors and Shapes, Relating and Connecting Ideas, Completing Patterns, Counting, Number Patterns, Prepositions, Picture Analogies, Finding Differences, Finding Similarities, and Sequences. These exercises are meant to provoke and satisfy young children's curiosity and imagination in order to help them reach their fullest potential. A practice test is included at the end of the book with listening prompts that are meant to be read to the children, mocking real testing situations. This allows for parents to also play an active role in enhancing and furthering their children's learning process. Children who use this book will be able to learn alongside Jack and Jill, who are two characters in the book that appear in each topic, so that children may learn in a familiar environment. Our goal is to making the learning process enjoyable and fun for the children, because we believe that they will learn the most in this way. The book is colorful and kid-friendly. We wish you the best in this new and exciting journey!

Gifted and Talented NNAT Test Prep: Gifted test prep book for the NNAT; Workbook for children in preschool and kindergarten (Gifted Games)

Author: Gateway Gifted Resources
ISBN:0997943920
Publication Date:2016-08-18
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$6.33
Rank:145098
Description:

Help maximize your child s chances of acing the NNAT2®! When it comes to gifted test prep, don t risk your son or daughter being unprepared and underperforming on test day.

Your child must be familiar with test material AND be able to focus on test material for longer than the typical 4-5 minute attention span of most young kids. This book offers a chance to do both.

- Ensure your child has sufficient experience in answering the NNAT2 Level A® two question types (Reasoning by Analogy and Pattern Completion), thanks to the book s 200+ practice questions.

- Make sure (s)he has acquired the mental stamina to focus on test questions with the book s NNAT2® Practice Test (the book s Practice Question Set ).

- Pinpoint your child s areas of strength/weakness with the practice test answer key.

- Capture your child s attention with bright, colorful illustrations and fun characters: 100 full-color pages.

- Exercises focus on cognitive skill-building, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities and thoroughly cover the two test sections of the NNAT2 Level A®: Reasoning by Analogy and Pattern Completion. .

Engaging young, creative, and boisterous minds with test prep material is challenging - that s why this book features fun characters, child-friendly themes, and colorful illustrations. Such engagement can help kids retain the information they ll learn in this book and then apply it on test day!

What are your kid s dreams to be a doctor, astronaut, or perhaps...president? Gaining acceptance to a coveted gifted and talented program or earning a spot in a sought-after, selective school could determine your child s educational path or even his or her future career.

Help your child dream big and take the first steps on this exciting educational journey and achieve their dreams. YOU are your child s best teacher, and this book is here to help!

(NNAT2® is a registered trademark of Pearson Education. Pearson Education is not affiliated with Gateway Gifted Resources and does not endorse this product.)


Gifted and Talented COGAT Test Prep Grade 2: Gifted Test Prep Book for the COGAT Level 8; Workbook for Children in Grade 2

Author: Gateway Gifted Resources
ISBN:0997943955
Publication Date:2017-01-13
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$19.99
Rank:23840
Description:

Help maximize your child s chances of acing the COGAT®! When it comes to gifted test prep, don t risk your son or daughter being unprepared and underperforming on test day.

Your child must be familiar with test material AND be able to focus on test material for longer than the typical 4-5 minute attention span of most young kids. This book offers a chance to do both.

- Ensure your child has sufficient experience in answering the COGAT Level 8® nine question types, thanks to this book s 190+ practice questions. (Plus, after you purchase this book, look inside your book for info to instantly download your free 40+ question bonus eBook.)

- Make sure (s)he has acquired the mental stamina to focus on test questions with the book s COGAT® Practice Test (the book s Practice Question Set ).

- Pinpoint your child s areas of strength/weakness with the practice test answer key.

- Capture your child s attention with bright, colorful illustrations and fun characters: 100 full-color pages.

- Exercises focus on cognitive skill-building, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities and thoroughly cover the COGAT Level 8® test sections: Picture Analogies, Picture Classification, Sentence Completion, Figure Analogies, Figure Classification, Paper Folding, Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, and Number Series.

(Note: If your child will take the COGAT®, please do not purchase our stand-alone OLSAT® book also (they contain similar material). Instead, you should just select this book.)

Engaging young, creative, and boisterous minds with test prep material is challenging - that s why this book features fun characters, child-friendly themes, and colorful illustrations. Such engagement can help kids retain the information they ll learn in this book and then apply it on test day!

What are your kid s dreams to be a doctor, astronaut, or perhaps...president? Gaining acceptance to a coveted gifted and talented program or earning a spot in a sought-after, selective school could determine your child s educational path or even his or her future career.

Help your child dream big and take the first steps on this exciting educational journey and achieve their dreams. YOU are your child s best teacher, and this book is here to help!

(COGAT® is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is not affiliated with Gateway Gifted Resources and does not endorse this product.)


Gifted and Talented COGAT Test Prep: Gifted Test Prep Book for the COGAT Level 7; Workbook for Children in Grade 1

Author: Gateway Gifted Resources
ISBN:0997943947
Publication Date:2016-10-30
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$6.33
Rank:32981
Description:

Help maximize your child s chances of acing the COGAT®! When it comes to gifted test prep, don t risk your son or daughter being unprepared and underperforming on test day.

Your child must be familiar with test material AND be able to focus on test material for longer than the typical 4-5 minute attention span of most young kids. This book offers a chance to do both.

- Ensure your child has sufficient experience in answering the COGAT Level 7® nine question types, thanks to this book s 200+ practice questions. (Plus, after you purchase this book, look inside your book for info to instantly download your free 40+ question bonus eBook.)

- Make sure (s)he has acquired the mental stamina to focus on test questions with the book s COGAT® Practice Test (the book s Practice Question Set ).

- Pinpoint your child s areas of strength/weakness with the practice test answer key.

- Capture your child s attention with bright, colorful illustrations and fun characters: 100 full-color pages.

- Exercises focus on cognitive skill-building, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities and thoroughly cover the COGAT Level 7® test sections: Picture Analogies, Picture Classification, Sentence Completion, Figure Analogies, Figure Classification, Paper Folding, Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, and Number Series.

(Note: If your child will take the COGAT®, please do not purchase our stand-alone OLSAT® book also (they contain similar material). Instead, you should just select this book.)

Engaging young, creative, and boisterous minds with test prep material is challenging - that s why this book features fun characters, child-friendly themes, and colorful illustrations. Such engagement can help kids retain the information they ll learn in this book and then apply it on test day!

What are your kid s dreams to be a doctor, astronaut, or perhaps...president? Gaining acceptance to a coveted gifted and talented program or earning a spot in a sought-after, selective school could determine your child s educational path or even his or her future career.

Help your child dream big and take the first steps on this exciting educational journey and achieve their dreams. YOU are your child s best teacher, and this book is here to help!

(COGAT® is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is not affiliated with Gateway Gifted Resources and does not endorse this product.)


Gifted and Talented: NNAT Practice Test Prep for Kindergarten and 1st Grade: with additional OLSAT Practice (Gifted and Talented Test Prep) (Volume 1)

Author: Pi For Kids
ISBN:1502489635
Publication Date:2014-08-01
List Price:$28.95
Lowest New Price:$15.00
Rank:57953
Description:
This book contains 75 full color pages and 2 practice tests. It provides a tool for parents to teach their children and to boost their interest in learning. The NNAT measures nonverbal reasoning and problem solving skills. The 4 categories of questions are pattern completion, reasoning by analogy, serial reasoning and spatial visualization. The NNAT is designed to measure nonverbal reasoning skills without the use of language. Children will be tested on their problem solving abilities and to demonstrate an understanding of relationships. In addition, there are additional bonus OLSAT practice questions at the end of this workbook to introduce children to the OLSAT, which is often administered together with the NNAT. We wish you greatest luck in your child's academic path.

Gifted and Talented OLSAT Test Prep Grade 1: Gifted Test Prep Book for the OLSAT Level B; Workbook for Children in Grade 1

Author: Gateway Gifted Resources
ISBN:0997943971
Publication Date:2017-03-06
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$19.99
Rank:138475
Description:

Help maximize your child’s chances of acing the OLSAT®! When it comes to gifted test prep, don’t risk your son or daughter being unprepared and underperforming on test day.

Your child must be familiar with test material AND be able to focus on test material for longer than the typical 4-5 minute attention span of most young kids. This book offers a chance to do both.

- Ensure your child has sufficient experience in answering the OLSAT Level B® nine question types, thanks to this book’s 170+ practice questions. (Plus, after you purchase this book, look inside your book for info to instantly download your free 40+ question bonus eBook.)

- Make sure (s)he has acquired the mental stamina to focus on test questions with the book’s OLSAT® Practice Test (the book’s “Practice Question Set”).

- Pinpoint your child’s areas of strength/weakness with the practice test answer key.

- This book is in black and white, just like the OLSAT®, and has 100 pages.

- Exercises focus on cognitive skill-building, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities and thoroughly cover the OLSAT Level B® test sections: Picture Analogies, Picture Classification, Aural Reasoning, Following Directions, Figure Analogies, Figure Classification, Figure Series, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Pattern Matrices.

(Note: If your child will take the OLSAT®, please do not purchase our stand-alone COGAT® book also (they contain similar material). Instead, you should only select this book for the OLSAT®.)

Engaging young, creative, and boisterous minds with test prep material is challenging - that’s why this book features fun characters and child-friendly themes. Such engagement can help kids retain the information they’ll learn in this book – and then apply it on test day!

What are your kid’s dreams – to be a doctor, astronaut, or perhaps…president? Gaining acceptance to a coveted gifted and talented program or earning a spot in a sought-after, selective school could determine your child’s educational path – or even his or her future career.

Help your child dream big and take the first steps on this exciting educational journey and achieve their dreams. YOU are your child’s best teacher, and this book is here to help!

(OLSAT® is a registered trademark of Pearson Education. Pearson Education is not affiliated with Gateway Gifted Resources and does not endorse this product.)


OLSAT® PRACTICE TEST Gifted and Talented Prep for Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Gifted and Talented Prep (Gifted and Talented Practice Test) (Volume 2)

Author: Pi For Kids
ISBN:1500720488
Publication Date:2014-08-01
List Price:$25.99
Lowest New Price:$20.59
Rank:267267
Description:
The book, OLSAT Practice Test is designed for Kindergarten and 1st grade students. Apart from providing tools to prepare children for the standardized gifted and talented exams, we also want to make sure that the exercises are fun and attractive. We use colorful pictures and interactive matching exercises to help children learn the necessary ideas for the test. Early education plays a significant role in the child’s attitude towards learning for the rest of his or her life. When they are young, children are naturally curious and desire to explore everything. Many states in our country have created special gifted and talented programs to allow children access to a more vigorous education. To accept students to the programs, most school systems require children to take tests. The OLSAT is one of the most common tests used across the country for entry into gifted and talented school programs. The test is designed to assess Verbal Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Pictorial Reasoning, Figural Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. Our goal is assist you in your journey to supporting the motivation, learning and development of your child.

Gifted and Talented Test Preparation: OLSAT Preparation Guide & Workbook. Preschool Prep Book. PreK and Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Workbook. NYC ... Talented Test Prep. Practice Book for OLSAT.

Author: Origins Tutoring
ISBN:0997768010
Publication Date:2016-10-06
List Price:$11.99
Lowest New Price:$11.99
Rank:181894
Description:
The OLSAT® Level A Preparation Guide and Workbook (BLACK/WHITE EDITION) is a gifted and talented test preparation book, providing gifted and talented test preparation for Pre-K and Kindergarten students (ages 3-6).

This fun, engaging and challenging workbook will prepare your child for the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT®), an exam often used for admission to gifted and talented programs in the US, including NYC Gifted and Talented, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) GATE, Chicago, Houston and Virginia Beach school programs for the education of the gifted and talented.

This gifted and talented workbook will get your child used to the format and content of the NNAT®2 so he or she is adequately prepared and feels confident on test day.

The 90-page book (159 practice questions) and bonus online practice test for the OLSAT (40 questions) gives your child access to 199 practice questions created by educators who have prepared many children for gifted and talented tests. This is the best value you will find for OLSAT prep!



This book contains black and white images to reflect the official OLSAT®, which contains black and white images only. If you prefer to work with color images as a way to keep your child engaged as he or she progresses through the practice questions, please purchase the color edition of this test prep workbook (ISBN: 0997768029).

What's Inside the Workbook?

  • 159 OLSAT® practice questions covering all four question types to help your child improve the logical and visual reasoning skills required to excel on the OLSAT®. Includes practice questions on:
  • Following Directions Practice Questions
  • Aural Reasoning Practice Questions
  • Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Questions
  • Analogies Practice Questions
  • Classifications Practice Questions
  • Series Practice Questions
  • Pattern Matrices Practice Questions
  • Essential test prep strategies to help students avoid mistakes and achieve their best score.
  • Detailed descriptions of question types and answer keys.
  • Teaching tips to help your child approach each question type strategically and with confidence.
  • Access to a BONUS online 40-question OLSAT® practice test. Use the practice test as a diagnostic to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Alternatively, simulate real testing conditions and have your child take the bonus test as a ‘mock exam’ before test day.

  • Who can use OLSAT® Preparation Guide and Workbook? Gifted and Talented Test Preparation for Kindergarten: The workbook is for Pre-K students who are taking the OLSAT Pre-K test to gain admission to Kindergarten gifted and talented programs.

    Gifted and Talented Test Preparation for Grade 1: The workbook is also for Kindergarten students, who are taking the OLSAT Kindergarten test to gain admission to 1st Grade gifted and talented programs.

    Why use Origins Tutoring gifted and talented test preparation books?

    Our goal is to provide you with the very best test prep materials, and the best value for your money. We created our test prep material because, as a tutoring company, we could not find enough good practice material to effectively prepare our students for gifted and talented tests. As tutors, we have used various test prep books and have found that they either have an incorrect difficulty level or are extremely expensive. After studying original materials from test creators and testing them on children in our tutoring practice, we are confident our materials and tests reflect the real OLSAT® both in difficulty and in structure.

    Other books available Please check out our NNAT-2 Prep Guide and Workbook (ISBN 9780997768008). The color workbook contains practice questions from the Naglieri NonVerbal Ability Test, which is also used by schools to identify gifted children.

    Gifted and Talented Test Preparation: NNAT2 Preparation Guide and Workbook. PreK and Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Workbook. Preschool Prep Book. NYC Gifted and Talented Test Prep. NNAT Prep.

    Author: Origins Tutoring
    ISBN:0997768002
    Publication Date:2016-10-06
    List Price:$13.99
    Lowest New Price:$13.99
    Rank:182007
    Description:
    The NNAT®2 Preparation Guide and Workbook is a full-color gifted and talented test preparation book, providing gifted and talented test preparation for Pre-K and Kindergarten students (ages 3-6).

    This fun, engaging and challenging workbook will prepare your child for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT®2), an exam often used for admission to gifted and talented programs across the USA, including NYC Gifted and Talented, Chicago Gifted Centers, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) GATE, Houston (HISD) Vanguard gifted schools, and Virginia Beach programs for the education of the gifted and talented.

    This gifted and talented workbook will get your child used to the format and content of the NNAT®2 so he or she is adequately prepared and feels confident on test day.

    The 84-page color book (201 exercises and questions) and bonus online practice test for the NNAT (48 questions) gives your child access to 249 practice exercises and questions. This is the best value for money you will find anywhere for NNAT prep!

    What's Inside the Workbook?

  • 93 Skill-builder exercises to help your child improve the logical and visual reasoning skills required to excel on the NNAT®2. Includes activities on “What Does Not Belong”, “Connecting and Taking Apart Shapes, “Puzzles and Patterns” and “Sequences.”
  • 108 NNAT®2 practice questions covering all four question types on the test, including “Pattern Completion”, “Reasoning by Analogy”, “Serial Reasoning”, and “Spatial Visualization.”
  • Essential test prep strategies to help students avoid mistakes and achieve their best score.
  • Detailed descriptions of question types and answer keys.
  • Teaching tips to help your child approach each question type strategically and with confidence.
  • Access to a BONUS online 48-question NNAT®2 practice test. Use the practice test as a diagnostic to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Alternatively, simulate real testing conditions and have your child take the bonus test as a ‘mock exam’ before test day.

  • Who can use NNAT®2 Preparation Guide and Workbook?

    Gifted and Talented Test Preparation for Kindergarten: The workbook is for Pre-K students who are taking the NNAT2 Pre-K test to gain admission to Kindergarten gifted and talented programs.

    Gifted and Talented Test Preparation for Grade 1: The workbook is also for Kindergarten students, who are taking the NNAT2 Kindergarten test to gain admission to 1st Grade gifted and talented programs.

    Why use Origins Tutoring test prep materials?

    Our goal is to provide you with the best gifted and talented workbooks and materials, and the very best value for your money. We created our gifted and talented workbooks and practice tests because, as a tutoring company, we could not find enough good practice material to effectively prepare our students for gifted and talented exams. As tutors, we have used the various test prep books and we have found them to either have an incorrect difficulty level (too easy) or be extremely expensive. After studying original materials from test creators and testing them on children, we believe our materials and tests reflect the real NNAT®2 both in difficulty and in structure.

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