NNAT Reasoning by Analogy

Reasoning by Analogy

The “reasoning by analogy” section of the NNAT requires that students use their visual-spatial reasoning abilities to identify distinct relationships among a series of geometric shapes and figure. Students must be attuned to subtle details that pertain to the design such as color, shape as well as direction. In order to find the right answer, students are required to explore how the figures evolve across the rows, as well as down the columns. The challenge lies in the fact that students must use logic to make sense of how specific characteristics of the design are changing. They must use the available visual cues to discern what picture would follow next in the sequence.

Playing games is a fun and engaging way to prepare for the “Reasoning by Analogy” portion of the NNAT. If you go to the Testing Mom website, you will come across a section that says “Interactive Games”. Under this heading, you can find “Analogy Galaxy Junior”, a game that helps your child to practice analogy based questions. They have the option of choosing their level of difficulty, on both the “picture” and “figure” analogy questions. As they improve on their skill set they can customize the questions so that they become progressively more difficult. Below, you can find an example of a “reasoning by analogy” question.

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Sample Question:

Parent say: “Look at the figure on top. They go together in some way. Choose a figure from the answer row that goes with the figure(s) on the bottom the same way the figures on top go together.

NNAT Reasoning by Analogy

Answer: C- Design moves clockwise

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