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NNAT Test (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test)

What is the NNAT?

The NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is a nonverbal test used for qualifying K-12 students for gifted and talented programs. It is a group-administered aptitude test commonly given as an entrance exam into schools’ gifted programs. The NNAT utilizes shapes and figures to evaluate the problem-solving and reasoning abilities of a child without relying on their language skills. In other words, the NNAT assesses how a student thinks instead of what a student knows.

The NNAT, NNAT-2 and NNAT3 are widely used for gifted and talented admission screenings across the US. These tests assess a child’s problem-solving and visual-spatial reasoning abilities (instead of what he or she has learned in school) with questions that incorporate abstract shapes and designs.

The NNAT is also considered to be the gold standard for unbiased scoring regardless of each student’s primary language, socioeconomic status, educational history or color/ vision impairment. This is because the NNAT test utilizes minimal language and written directions to avoid relying on a child’s reading, writing or language skills. Additionally, only two colors (blue and yellow) are shown.

NNAT Test Quick Facts

Full Name:Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test
Publisher:Pearson Education
Creator:Jack A. Naglieri, PhD.
Latest Version:NNAT3
Age Range:K – 12
Test Format:Online or paper-and-pencil; group-administered
No. of Questions:48
Amount of Time:30 minutes
Question Types:Pattern completion
Reasoning by analogy
Serial reasoning
Spatial visualization

There are 4 types of questions on the NNAT test:

  • Pattern completion
  • Reasoning by analogy
  • Serial reasoning
  • Spatial visualization

The latest version, the NNAT3, takes 30 minutes to complete and includes 48 questions broken down into these four unique question types.

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What Grade Levels Do You Support for the NNAT? provides support for Kindergarten through 8th grade for the NNAT-2 and NNAT-3 available with all levels of Membership.

Pro tip: If my child doesn’t know an answer, should they guess?

The official guideline from the publisher is that students should not guess if they do not know the answer – that random guessing compromises the validity of the scores. However, the NNAT3 score is calculated based on the number of right answers and the student is not penalized for incorrect answers. As a parent looking for a high score, it is better for your child to answer all questions than leave an answer blank.

Four Subtypes of NNAT3 Questions

  • Pattern completion – Students must perceive a pattern within a larger design from which a section has been removed and then identify the correct missing piece (this type often resembles a jigsaw puzzle).
  • Reasoning by analogy – Students use visual-spatial reasoning abilities to discern logical relationships between various geometric shapes and figures (e.g., large triangle to small triangle, then large circle to small circle and so on).
  • Serial reasoning – Students must recognize sequences created by shapes and figures that change visually to form logical patterns. For example: Once a student identifies the relationship between two images shown in the top row, the same rule applies to images shown in subsequent rows.
  • Spatial visualization – Students must determine how two or more designs would look when they’re combined (and it some cases, rotated). They may also see questions that ask what a design should look like after it’s been folded, rotated or otherwise altered, like punching holes in a piece of folded-up paper and then identifying the new pattern that’s visible when it’s unfolded.

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NNAT Questions Types By Grade Level

Even though the NNAT3 test is assigned by grade level, it is scored based on a child’s age. Children are compared to other children within 3 months of their own age. Whether your child is taking the NNAT-2 test or NNAT3 test, the questions are formatted in the same way.

    • Children entering or in kindergarten will take the Level A exam, which has Pattern Completion and Reasoning by Analogy questions.
    • Children in first grade will take the Level B exam, which has Pattern Completion, Reasoning by Analogy and Serial Reasoning questions.
    • Children in second grade will take the Level C exam, which has Reasoning by Analogy, Pattern Completion, Serial Reasoning, and Spatial Visualization questions.
    • Children in third and fourth grade will take the Level D exam, which has Spatial Visualization questions, Reasoning by Analogy, Serial Reasoning, and Pattern Completion questions.
    • Children in fifth and sixth grade will take the Level E exam, which has Spatial Visualization questions, Serial Reasoning, Reasoning by Analogy, and Pattern Completion questions.
    • Children in seventh through ninth grade will take the Level F exam, which has Spatial Visualization questions, Reasoning by Analogy, Serial Reasoning and Pattern Completion questions.
    • Children in tenth through twelfth grade will take the Level G exam, which has Spatial Visualization questions, Serial Reasoning and Reasoning by Analogy questions.
Kinder (A)1st (B)2nd (C)3rd – 4th (D)5th – 6th (E)7th – 9th (F)10th – 12th (G)
Pattern Completion
Reasoning by Analogy
Serial Reasoning
Spatial Visualization

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Pam Linker

How much does this nnat test cost to order for my district?
Is it easy to score?
Who do I need to contact to order for my District?

Hi Pam,

You would have to get in touch with the publisher of the test directly, we just offer prep materials for the skills on the NNAT, not the test itself.

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In Testing mom site, it says NNAT 2 and 3. what should I choose for a 2nd grader taking NNAT? It’s not very clear how this maps to the NNAT levels

Hi Dani –

The NNAT2 and NNAT3 are the most current versions of the test. Typically, a 2nd grader would take the Level C test.

All the best,


Hello, is this program available in USA only or worldwide?

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how do i get in contact with the publisher, I need these tests i am in NIgeria.

Hi Josh –

The publisher of the NNAT is Riverside Insights. Here is a link to their website:


Where can I access the free 100 questions. Thank you.

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