Brain Academy, a comprehensive Tutoring, Testing and Coaching Center of New York, was founded by
Dr.Danov, PhD, a Harvard trained pediatric and adult neuropsychologist, who spent many years testing
and assessing very young children who are gifted, learning disabled, or both - gifted with superior IQ
along with some cognitive, emotional or behavioral weaknesses.  

Gifted and talented children require a different educational placement to allow them develop and their
academic learning abilities while utilizing and enhancing their superior intellectual abilities.

GATE acronym stands for gifted and talented education. TAG acronym stands for talented and gifted.
G&T test term is also used to indicate an admissions test for gifted and talented children.  Schools use
terms GATE and TAG to refer specific admissions tests administered to gifted and talented children in
order to determine if they qualify for the gifted and talented program. Some school districts have a
specific name for their gifted program (e.g., Magnet, Sigma, Eagle, Enrichment, Prism, etc).

The admissions test to GATE programs include NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA, which are used together to
determine if a child scores in the gifted and talented range and, thus, qualifies for the GATE program.
Since the number of children who qualify for the gifted and talented educational placement (i.e., who
scored at 99th percentile on NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA) in New York is rapidly growing, we are rapidly
expanding our locations to offer our high quality OLSAT and BSRA admissions test preparation to the
gifted and talented kids in NYC metro area.

Our superb educational specialists, headed by a highly experienced Harvard-trained
neuropsychologist, have helped many gifted and talented kids and their families prepare for this
vigorous and stressful NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA admissions testing for NYC GATE gifted and talented
educational programs.  
We offer the smart way to get through this grueling process and to
ensure your child's top performance on NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA.
We don't stop here. We also
support your child during very demanding years in the gifted and talented program with an intense
GATE curriculum. We work hard with your gifted child to support his/her continuous academic success
beyond OLSAT and BSRA admissions testing.

Research shows that the brain of individuals with superior IQ works much more efficiently, as they
reason and learn faster, absorb and retain information more easily, and obtain better test scores on
typical academic tests.  Thus, the gifted program admissions testing process (OLSAT and BSRA
testing) determines child's general intellect (i.e., reasoning, sequencing, logic, fund of knowledge, word
knowledge, information processing, and working memory).  However, many confuse IQ test with OLSAT
and BSRA tests, which are different and separate testing instruments.  

Gifted program admissions testing also focuses on academic achievement, such as reading,
vocabulary, reading comprehension, and arithmetic skills that children learn in the classroom.  Many
schools also require high achievement test scores, as well as strong teacher assessment, to qualify for
the gifted and talented educational program.

Many school districts require children to obtain high admissions test scores on any test from this list of
standardized test to qualify for the gifted and talented educational program:

Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT)
Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA)
Otis-Lenon School Abilities Test (OLSAT)
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Intelligence Scale (WPPSI-III) - IQ test
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) - IQ test
Stanford-Binet-5th Edition (SB5) - IQ test
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

In New York, NNAT and OLSAT/BSRA are required for admissions to the city and private gifted and
talented programs.  The Hunter College Elementary School requires a different IQ test for the
admissions consideration - the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB5). Most other
schools require other IQ tests (WPPSI, WISC, NNAT). All these IQ tests (WPPSI, WISC, SB5, NNAT) are
standardized tests of intelligence for very young and older children and are routinely used by
neuropsychologists as a part of a comprehensive neuropsychological testing and assessment.

Even gifted and talented children need some help to get through this highly competitive process to
secure a spot at a coveted GATE program.  It is never too early to start preparing for the TAG
(talented and gifted) and GATE (gifted and talented education) admissions tests such as IQ, NNAT,
OLSAT, and BSRA. For starters, we provide IQ testing, cognitive testing, and academic achievement
testing to kids of all ages. As neuropsychologists, specifically trained and experienced in the
assessment and testing of very young clients, we administer IQ tests, such as NNAT, WPPSI and SB5,
to kids as young as 3 years of age!  

You can obtain IQ test scores and/or academic test scores for your gifted and talented youngster now,
way before the actual admissions IQ (NNAT, WPPSI, WISC, SB5), OLSAT, ERB, or BSRA test. You can
determine whether your child scores in the high average, superior, or very superior range of the IQ
continuum.  Allow your youngster become familiar with the IQ, NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA testing
experience and ease test anxiety. It does not matter how old is your child now, as IQ test scores are
always compared to the current age norms.  We will not administer IQ test right before your actual
sitting for the IQ test at the ERB (
register with the ERB to receive a formal administration of NNAT,
OLSAT, BSRA, IQ, WPPSI, WISC at a scheduled by the ERB time).

Your next step after IQ test is a private tutoring and coaching. Brain Academy, a tutoring, testing and
coaching center of New York offers exactly what you need - a comprehensive, thorough and result-
driven preparation for any of the aforementioned standardized tests (NNAT, OLSAT, IQ, WPPSI, WISC,
BSRA, ERB). Brain Academy test preparation and tutoring focus on all critical areas of cognitive
functioning and academic achievement, including:

•        Verbal Reasoning & Non-Verbal Reasoning
•        Logic & Arithmetic
•        Reading & Word Knowledge          

Brain Academy will not administer the actual OLSAT or BSRA - these tests will be formally administered
at the ERB center. However, you can prepare your son or daughter to display their full intellectual and
learning potential in the gifted range by increasing familiarity with the overall testing process,
decreasing test anxiety, and improving attention, focus and compliance with questions-answer format,
and ability to sit for prolonged period of time. NYC Department of Education offers NNAT, OLSAT and
BSRA preparation manual to help parents prepare for the admissions application process and prepare
their youngsters for NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA.  A few sample questions from the actual NNAT, OLSAT
and BSRA are offered by the Department of Education (
download free GATE TAG instructions,
application and NNAT, OLSAT sample questions for children born in 2006).

Some gifted and talented students may have some cognitive or academic skills that are slightly weaker
than the rest of their cognitive and academic skills. Only an experienced neuropsychologist can detect
such cognitive weaknesses and formally diagnose a gifted child with a learning disability. Some gifted
and talented students truly suffer when they struggle with a specific learning disability, while showing
off superior abilities in many other areas of cognitive functioning ("twice exceptional" students).

If such weaknesses are detected, the our top tutors can prepare your son or daughter for the ongoing
tests and assignments and help "pull up" these weaknesses while reinforcing the strong skills.
approach is based on neuro-science of the brain functioning and is proven to maximize your
child's potential.
Thus, it is always beneficial to start preparing for GATE (gifted and talented
education)  and TAG (talented and gifted) admissions tests (NNAT, OLSAT, ERB, IQ, BSRA, WISC,
WPPSI) early enough so that your son or daughter has time to develop and strengthen his reasoning,
attention, memory, and overall academic and cognitive skills. Young kids cannot cram the mastery of
advanced cognitive skills in a few days.

Brain Academy sessions also allow your young ones to familiarize with the admissions testing process
(formal administration of standardized tests such as OLSAT, ERB, IQ, BSRA, WISC, WPPSI by adults,
strangers, in unfamiliar office conditions), which helps decrease test anxiety and boost admissions test
This is the smart way to ensure your child's current NNAT, OLSAT and BSRA test
performance and future academic success.
Math and reading tutoring and SAT, GRE, OLSAT test prep
Congratulations to children
who scored high on OLSAT &
BSRA in 2011!
May 2011
OLSAT & BSRA 2011 results
just came back- we are
proud to announce that all of
our bright kids scored above
90th percentile and many
scored at 99th percentile!
Hard work and determination
paid off- they are starting
G&T programs this Fall!
OLSAT & BSRA test prep at
the Brain Academy helps
more and more children to
achieve higher educational
G&T Offer Letters and email
will be sent out by June 17,
2011 to all families who
applied to the elementary
school GATE programs.
Children who were accepted
to these schools must pre-
register June 20-24, 2011.
Please call the school to
which you received an offer
in order to arrange a time for
July 2010
10% more children qualified
for gifted kindergarten
programs in NYC public
schools.  33% more passed
OLSAT.  NYC GATE statistics
For additional information
about elementary school

If you have questions about
the admissions, please call
718-935-2009 or e-mail
Download application for
NYC Gifted and Talented
Standards for Gifted & Talented
Education Programs Pre-K-12:
Comprehensive assessment is
important to describe child's strengths
and weaknesses and unique learning
characteristics. This is especially
important for underachieving gifted and
talented children.
download free GATE TAG
instructions, application and
OLSAT sample questions for
children born in 2005;

download free GATE TAG
instructions, application and
OLSAT sample questions for
children born in 2004;

download free GATE TAG
instructions, application and
OLSAT sample questions for
children born in 2003
Read more about Hunter
College Elementary School
admissions testing process.
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