Test Prep Guide for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®)
Test Preparation Practice for NNAT Assessment
January 6, 2023, by The Critical Thinking Co. Staff
The NNAT® and NNAT®-2 are utilized as part of the entrance process for students who have been identified as potentially gifted and talented. The emphasis here is on the second "N" for nonverbal. The test uses matrices to measure the problem-solving and nonverbal reasoning skills of students in kindergarten though high school. The NNAT® and NNAT®-2, or Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® is published by NCS Pearson, Inc. (previously Harcourt Assessment, Inc./The Psychological Corporation, the original publisher of the test).
Reasoning is synonymous with learning and problem solving. NNAT® measures reasoning using four different item types:
Pattern Completion requires children to identify the option that completes the pattern.
Reasoning by Analogy requires the identification of relationships between shapes. E.g., a relationship between a large circle and a small circle, relationships may be presented in more than two dimensions.
Serial Reasoning requires children to identify the shape that comes next in a pattern.
Spatial Visualization involves visualizing how objects might look when rotated or otherwise transformed or combined.
Test Prep Bundle and Suggested Test Prep Plan for NNAT®
For grades K-1, we recommend working with the materials included in the bundles over at least one month, but we also recognize parents often receive a testing date with less than 30-days’ notice.
If you are really pressed for time, and you see the student has mastery in a section, you may skip ahead. You may also bookmark and return to activities that are more challenging.
One way to measure the mastery is to use the first few items in each activity as a pre-test. If you see that your child answers quickly and correctly, you may want to consider moving on. If they struggle, go through the activities as best you can, but bookmark them and consider going back over them.
Using the pre-test technique will give you a good idea of where the child’s strengths and weaknesses are across the skills and abilities the material covers.
The bundles offer a lot of material, but if you make working with the books part of the daily routine, you’ll be surprised how fast things will move. Remember, the youngest students have shorter attention spans, so 15 minutes a session is fine.
It is also important to point out that all the titles have value well beyond the testing window. Each title will help enhance your child’s ability to reason and analyze, skills that are essential for success in many arenas.
The contents of these bundles were determined by The Critical Thinking Co.™ and have not been reviewed by, nor are they endorsed, sponsored or approved by either the author or publisher of the tests. While the contents of these bundles will help prepare students to master most of the skills tested, they do not reflect the actual test items on any given test.
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® and NNAT® are trademarks, in the US and /or other countries, of Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s), or their licensors, which do not endorse these products.