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Testing Mom Hosts NYC Parent Seminar Sessions for Gifted and Talented and Private School Admissions Testing

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- held a series of parent seminars in New York City on Sept. 19, 21 and 22, 2012 to have an open discussion with local parents about upcoming gifted and talented exams and private school admissions exams, as well as navigating the processes involved in selecting a school that is a good mutual fit for the family.


Testing Mom, which caters to parents who are applying their children to private schools and/or gifted and talented programs, originally launched in the summer of 2010 with the goal of helping parents understand and prepare for tests such as the CogAT® test, OLSAT® test, NNAT®-2 test (Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test®), Bracken™, ITBS®, WPPSI®, WISC®, and Woodcock-Johnson®. In the two years since its launch, Testing Mom has expanded its offerings to provide parents across the country with over 25,000 practice questions, interactive online games, Expert Answers from some of the country's leading educational authorities, and periodic live events and tele-seminars to help parents address individual questions and concerns about their children's educational needs.

With three nights of events, and partners in NYC effectively informed and equipped parents for the process of gifted and talented testing and private school testing in coming months. In addition, a live question-and-answer session followed each seminar to ensure all questions were answered. Each evening was finished out with a giveaway of materials and products from the Testing Mom store, including Karen Quinn's best-selling books and board game IQ Fun Park.

Topics covered at these events included:

  • Researching all potential gifted and talented and private schools
  • Creating a list of New York City gifted and talented schools and programs
  • Best ways to make the most of the interview process
  • Teaching your child how to take a test
  • Differences in tests in NYC gifted and talented testing and private school testing
  • Reading and interpreting test scores
  • Equipping your child to succeed and thrive in school

Featured speakers at these events included best-selling author and co-founder of Testing Karen Quinn, NYC gifted and talented teacher from PS 33 Chelsea Prep Dana Kaplan, Victoria Goldman, author of The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools, 6th Edition, and The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools, 7th Edition, and Maura Wollner, an NYC expert in education, admissions and child development, and a partner in Education First.

Testing provides parents practice questions to help their child prepare for gifted and talented testing and private school admissions testing. Testing Mom extensive inventory of original test preparation materials for concepts based upon commonly-used intelligence tests, including the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales®, the WPPSI®-ERB test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), ISEE® test, CogAT® (Cognitive Abilities Test), NNAT®-2 test (Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test®), ITBS®, WISC®-4, Ravens Progressive Matrices, RIAS® and KBIT™-2.

About Testing Mom: Testing Mom, LLC is an online-based membership service for parents seeking prep materials and expert guidance on Gifted and Talented and private school admissions based out of Texas. The company was founded in 2010 by Karen Quinn, author of the New York Times Bestselling The Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten and inventor of IQ Fun Park: Test Prep Disguised as a Game, and Michael McCurdy, one of the most popular "daddy bloggers" in New York City with his New York City Gifted and Talented Blog.

Media Contact: Michael McCurdy, 917-510-3115,

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