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Understanding the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test

Understanding the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 10th, 2012

Many parents feel a lump in their throat the first time they learn their children will be expected to complete an IQ assessment test like the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test, or the NNAT. They, of course, want their children to perform well and are often fearful that such tests set the stage for the rest of their children’s’ academic careers and future life endeavors. They should however, keep in mind that the NNAT and other IQ tests are much scarier to adults than they are to children.

Kids don’t feel pressure unless adults emphasis the need to perform well on an IQ test in a negative light. Kids only see the test as yet another challenge that is part of the normal learning process. So how can parents put their own minds at ease and ensure they don’t put negative pressure on their kids when it comes to the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test? The best way is by learning about the test and helping kids learn about it as well.  

The Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test is an exam that is used to measure “school ability” or the readiness of kids to participate in classroom activities and learning. The test emphasizes non-verbal thinking, reasoning and rationalization skills. Reviewing sample test questions is the best way for parents and kids to become familiar with the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test prior to testing day and there are many sample questions available online.

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