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The NNAT-2 G&T Testing Methodology

The NNAT-2 G&T Testing Methodology

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 15th, 2012

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, 2nd Edition (NNAT-2), is a common assessment test used to measure the school readiness and overall intellectual abilities or IQ of children over various ages, including kids as young as four and as old as 18. In fact, NNAT-2 G&T testing is becoming more and more common. Gifted and talented programs at private and public schools all utilize a range of IQ assessment tests, including the NNAT-2 for G&T testing. 

The NNAT-2 for G&T testing focuses on specific IQ measurements. The test’s methodologies of assessing intelligence and potential include the use of problem solving and rationalization skills. The format of the NNAT is different than most IQ G&T tests as it uses visual images, graphics, diagrams and other pictures and patterns to pose questions or problems that children are expected to solve without the use of language as the primary tool. 

The NNAT-2 for G&T testing includes several focus areas or subjects. Performance in each area influences the overall score of a test taker. Focus areas include spatial visualization, analogy reasoning, pattern recognition and completion, serial reasoning, and other similar thought processes.

Each area of the NNAT exam is designed to measure a child’s abilities with nonverbal thinking and reasoning skills. Visual problem solving abilities are a large portion of the NNAT-2 G&T testing methodology. 

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