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Practice Test Questions for Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test® (NNAT® test and NNAT®-2 test)

The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT test and NNAT-2 test) screens children for gifted and talented.  If the child passes the NNAT test or NNAT-2 test, the child might be put in the appropriate program for advanced learners or gifted and talented program. The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability test is a matrix reasoning type of exam that contains diagrams and shapes that form patterns and shapes. The Naglieri test is considered a non-verbal test and unbiased since a child who’s first language is not English. The NNAT test uses progressive matrices, which are fair for minorities, those with disabilities such as hearing and impaired vision.

There are seven different levels of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test for administration from Kindergarten, first grade, second grade up to high school.  Preschool children can be tested using the Kindergarten level test.  Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Tests include different types of questions – pattern completion, reasoning by analogy, serial reasoning and spatial visualization.

Some consider the NNAT-2 test to be very difficult and it is designed to rank children according to ability. Here’s a practice question for the NNAT test:

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The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test takes 30 minutes to complete the 48 multiple choice questions.

Part of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test consists of:

  • Pattern Completion
  • Reasoning by Analogy
  • Serial Reasoning
  • Spatial Visualization provides practice questions for the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test and NNAT test prep ideas you can use with your child. Get 100 free practice questions now

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17 Responses

micki says:

My son took GT testing when he was in 1st grade and scored well on everything but the NNAT. When I dived into it I found that he just clicked through the whole thing not paying attention. He admitted as much as did the cousilor who was observing him. I would reccomend researching the testing and explaining it further to kids because their concept of what is worthwhile might entirely hinge on what you explain to them about the purpose.He was bored and disinterested not a good combo when attempting a test that requires engagement.

ACD says:

My son’s school tested him for GT. He is very bright–his teachers always tell us how bright he is and his grades reflect it too. Just got back the testing and he did NOT qualify which surprises us. He received a 93 so no points were given for the NNAT2–not even on the chart but with everything else, he missed GT by 3 points.

We are looking for answers to see why the NNAT would kill his chances for GT although as long as he is happy and grades are fine(all very high As for Kinder, 1st and 2nd)

SR says:

I would like to hear from parent with children who recently took gifted and talented test 2013 in N.Y

Rhoda says:

Our son took the NNAT for kindergarten GT testing, and we were surprised that he only got a 122. 134 is the passing score for one of the components for GT qualification. He did really well on the Stanford test. There are 5 qualifying components in our district for GT, and the kids must pass 4.

Rose says:

My child took the gifted and talented test in NYC for kindergarten.He scored at the 97% for the non-verbal section and only 60% for the verbal section.His overall score was 88 with a 90 required for admission.

SLJ says:

My child took the GNT test 2013 in N.Y. He was testing for the first grade. He received a 65 for VERBAL and a 95 for the NONVERBAL part of the test. 86 was the overall score. He would have needed a score of 90 to be eligible to enter the GNT program. Other than the sample questions from the GNT handbook, my son received little to no tutoring in preparing for this test. We wanted our son to pass this test based on his own intellectual capabilities and not because of additional training/ test preps/and or by private tutors. Upon reading the results of the test, my husband and I were disappointed but… only for a few seconds! In fact, we were very proud of him! Im sure it wasn’t easy taking the test but he endured it and tried his best. It’s a lot to expect from a 5 year old.. If your child is bright and does not become eligible for the GNT program, don’t despair. It’s not the end of the world and your child will continue to flourish.

YFD says:

my son got a 136 in the non-verbal which placed him in the 99%. but he did poorly in the verbal he only got 7 out of 30 questions . i honestly dont understand what happened. Could it be he was just nervous .The verbal is suppose to be the easiest part of the test.

HK says:

My two children took GT test in NY 2013. Before that, I had subscribed 3-month membership of, and let my kids play online game (testing prep) often. Both got accepted with good score, 99 and 95. I think even thought they said the test was not the same as game, they were familiar with those types of questions. However, my other concern is they got placement in different schools. Sibling priority? Didn’t apply to us….waiting for PER result.

Samina says:

Where can I find NNAT sample tests for Kindergarten? Any information will be useful.
Thanks, says:

Just go to the home page of Testing Mom and sign-up for the 100 free questions there. After that, you can purchase tons of practice questions for the NNAT-2 test (Naglieri nonverbal abilities test)

Susan says:

We are possibly moving to Houston and my son needs to take a test to get into the magnet high schools in the Houston area. The NNAT is one of the tests but all I see is descriptions for kindergarten when it’s supposed to be offered to K-12. Can anyone provide guidance? Also, where is the test usually administered? Thanks! says:

Hi Susan – our materials on Testing Mom are only through 6th grade for now. We don’t have any practice questions for high school admissions. For the NNAT test ask the school has it’s administered. It can vary from school to school and the process for NNAT test administration for the high school level kids might be different than for elementary children.

pavani says:

i am thinking to join my kid in a magnet schools ,now he is in how can i approach ,for getting admission in magnet schools,we live houston.please
give us the guidance….

Lisa says:

This is probably late at the gate by my daughter took the NYC G & T test for Kindergarten last year (January 2013) and scored a 116 (76th percentile) on the verbal and 130 (98th percentile) on the non-verbal giving her an overall score of the 93rd percentile (after they corrected the miscalculated scores) without any test prep. Unfortunately, the G & T school she did get accepted to was a poor school overall and although she is not getting specialized gifted education now in her current class, the school in our neighborhood is an “A” grade school. The issue though is she is bored, calls kindergarten “babyish” and she is really not learning anything she doesn’t know.

Obama says:

Maybe your kids are all a lot dumber than you think they are

Sophia says:

My son is in public school. The score on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test is 120. He scored 136 on the Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test. Both test clearly shows that he is gifted. He is not allowed to participate in GATE classes because he is also autistic. He scores high advanced on all standardized test and he does not have adverse behavior problems. His father and I also past GATE exams in our primary years. He is bored and I don’t know what to do for him.