Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
Due to the growing interest for parents in Chicago to prepare their children for Selective Enrollment exams, Bright Kids has published its Chicago Regional Gifted Centers (RGC) Preparation Guide, the first of its kind.
The RGC test looks to discern a student’s critical-thinking skills, their ability to problem solve, and to see an effective use of short-term memory. Although Chicago Public Schools does not release the name of the test used for entry into an RGC, these skills most closely resemble those tested on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test Eighth Edition (OLSAT ®8) and Cognitive Ability Test Form 7 (CogAT ®), which are both multiple-choice standardized exams that test verbal and nonverbal skills through pictures, rather than orally. Students can expect to see questions relating to classifications (“which one does not belong?”), series (“which one would come next?”), vocabulary, analogies, patterns, and basic arithmetic with visual cues. All of these concepts are covered in the Guide.
CPS does not administer every subtest. The subtests administered are also subject to change year-to-year, so it is best to enter the exam with a wide range of knowledge, so the child feels as prepared as possible. The RGC Preparation Guide will do just that.
With the OLSAT®8 and CogAT® in mind, Bright Kids’ curriculum specialists set to work, creating a comprehensive preparation guide for students applying for Kindergarten and First Grade entry. The questions are designed to be presented in the style of the OLSAT®8 and CogAT® so that students become accustomed to the format of the exam. These grade levels can be combined because the difficulty does not increase; what changes is how the test is administered. Students applying for Kindergarten entry will work one-on-one with a proctor, who will record the student’s answers. Students applying for First Grade entry will take the exam in a small group and will be required to record their own answers using a bubble sheet.
The Preparation Guide provides a book for parents, which includes Instructions, and a book for students, which includes the Questions for Children. The instructions can be modified for students entering Kindergarten by asking him/her to simply “point” to their answer, whereas First Grade entry students can be asked to “mark” their answer.
Bright Kids is proud to play a part in helping children succeed when taking the Regional Gifted Center exam. Their Chicago Regional Gifted Centers Preparation Guide is available now, just in time for testing season. Order yours today!
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