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New test in New York means new test prep

When there's a new standardized test, it means sleepless nights for parents -- and a new demand for test prep.

OK everyone, books away, phones off. Time for a pop quiz. First question is: What now makes up two thirds of a student’s score on New York City’s gifted and talented test?

Oh, so sorry. Time’s up. The NNAT, or Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test will now make up two thirds of a student's score on New York City's gifted and talented test.

Next: Describe a question on the new test, keeping in mind it is non-verbal.

In the back -- Ms. Rheault?

“Umbrella is to rain, as what is to snow?”

An example of a sample NNAT test prep question (TestingMom.com)

That’s correct. Nice work -- Suzane Rheault, CEO of tutoring company Aristotle Circle. Everyone, Ms. Rheault was describing the pictures that will appear in the new test.

Next: What does all this mean for test prep companies? In the front -- Bige Doruk -- CEO of Bright Kids NYC.

“It’s new. Anything that’s new creates more demand for service.”

Correct Ms. Doruk. And, finally, the last question: Who does a new test keep up at night? Stumped? Pencils down everyone. The answer, according to the testing companies, is nervous parents.

Sally Herships: Ok everyone, books away, phones off. Time for a pop quiz. First question: What now makes up two thirds of a student’s score on New York City’s gifted and talented test? Sorry -- time’s up. The NNAT, or Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test. Next. Describe a question on that non-verbal test. In the back – Ms. Rheault.

Suzane Rheault: Umbrella is to rain, as what is to snow?

That’s correct, Suzane Rheault,  CEO of tutoring company Aristotle Circle. She was describing the pictures that will appear in the new test. Next: What does all this mean for test prep companies? In the front -- Bige Doruk --  CEO of Bright Kids NYC.

Bige Doruk: It’s new. Anything that’s new creates more demand for service.

Correct. Last question,  who does a new test keep up at night? The answer, according to the testing companies: nervous parents.

In New York, I’m Sally Herships for Marketplace.

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