NNAT Test Kindergarten
The NNAT test kindergarten version (NNAT®-2 and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test®) is a popular test used by many schools to assess children for advanced programs. This test is widely considered to be one of the most unbiased assessments because the materials in the test are culturally unspecific and abstract. The test measures a child’s thinking and reasoning abilities as opposed to what they have learned in school.
What is the difference between the NNAT test and the NNAT2 test for kindergarten?
- The NNAT-2 test is the most recent version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test. The first version of the test was published in 2004, and subsequent versions were released in 2007 and 2008. The test can be administered via pencil and paper or computer. It is often given in school settings to assess children for gifted and talented programs.
What abilities will be tested and what will the questions look like?
- The questions on the two versions of the test are very similar. Both versions of the test are nonverbal. This means that all the questions rely on shapes and figures instead of pictures or words. The questions are printed in 2 colors – yellow and blue.
- Children entering or in kindergarten will take the Level A exam, which has Pattern Completion and Reasoning by Analogy questions.
- Below is a sample Pattern Completion question:
(Answer: B – all 3 shapes in each row are the same)
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- Below is a sample reasoning by Analogy question:
(Answer: D – figure rotates 90 degrees)
Learn more about the NNAT2 test:
- What is the NNAT2 test?
- NNAT2 test results and scoring
- NNAT2 practice questions for first grade
- NNAT2 practice test questions for second grade
- NNAT2 practice test questions for third grade
- More practice and sample questions for NNAT and NNAT2 test
- Survival guide for NNAT
How will my child be scored on the NNAT test for kindergarten?
- Children are compared to other children within 3 months of their own age.
What materials should I use to prepare my child?
- Parents choose different ways to prepare their children. In part, it depends on your child’s learning style. If they learn better with more traditional materials like practice questions and workbooks, focus on those. If they need more interactive and dynamic materials, focus more on games and online programs.
- That said, it’s generally a sound practice to use a variety of materials so that your child doesn’t get bored or burned out. You can mix traditional practice with activities that are more fun, such as digital games.
Importantly, when talking about the NNAT test for kindergarten, don’t refer to it as a “test.” Tell your little one that they’ll be talking to an adult who wants to find out what kids their age know, and that it’s important for them to help the adult with that job. Your child will be eager to do their part, and will focus and pay attention without getting anxious about the test.
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