NNAT Test Sections

The NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is a nonverbal test, which means that all the questions rely on shapes and figures instead of pictures or words. These tests assess a child’s thinking and reasoning abilities as opposed to what he or she has learned in school.

The NNAT can be administered via pencil and paper or computer. It is often given in school settings to assess children for gifted and talented programs. The test is timed, and it takes about 30 minutes.

What does “Nonverbal” mean?

This test is designed to assess a child’s abilities without relying on language skills specific to any language like English. It is a Nonverbal test that is comprised primarily of Pattern Recognition Questions not requiring any verbal instructions.

What is the NNAT covering exactly?

As with most tests, the NNAT test is not just an arbitrary exam. There is no “real” information tested; rather, your child is being evaluated on her visual-spatial reasoning skills. The abilities tested on the NNAT test are important for your child’s success in school.

Depending on the level of the test, children are given between two and four different types of questions on the NNAT test.

The four types of nonverbal test sections are explained further at the links below.

Pattern Completion

Reasoning by Analogy

Serial Reasoning

Spatial Visualization

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