NNAT Test Prep Methods
Because both the NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test) and NNAT3 (Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test, Second Edition) are often used as one component in assessing your child’s eligibility for admission into a gifted and talented program, it is highly recommended that you start preparing for the test two to four months in advance.
Since both versions of the NNAT are nonverbal and rely heavily on spatial reasoning skills, pattern recognition and identifying sequences, we highly recommend letting your child play our fun online games specifically designed to help instill these underlying skills for a few minutes each day:
- Pattern Puzzlers
- Pattern Tile Galaxy
- Planet Pattern Tiles
- Pattern Blast!
- IQ Fun Tree
- Digital Tutor
Both tests are given in just two colors — blue and yellow — but many of our site’s practice questions are shown in full color to make the test preparation process feel more interesting and fun for children.
To view a sample of our interactive questions, sign up for our 100 free practice questions:
3 Tips to Make NNAT Prep Fun
- Purchase several jigsaw puzzles and make a family habit of completing them together. Younger kids can start with puzzles that have larger pieces and are quick to assemble, then work their way up to the harder ones. Let your child choose the theme, character or colors so he or she stays engaged in the task and doesn’t get bored.
- Buy a hole punch and some plain or colored paper. Some kids have trouble understanding abstract concepts and patterns, so folding up a piece of paper, punching a few holes in it and showing how the paper looks before and after it’s unfolded is a great real-life example of how spatial visualization questions might look on the test.
- Take turns pointing out patterns and sequences in real life. Whether it’s counting triangles on a jungle gym at the playground or how many lasagna noodles fit in the pan, you’ll find examples everywhere! Try having your child put white shirts away first, then other colors; order snacks by alternating patterns, like: raisin, pretzel, peanut, raisin, pretzel, peanut; walk around your home and find patterns in floor tiles, on wallpaper, in picture frames, etc. It’s a fun way to stay busy when you’re stuck indoors together!