Did you recently find out your child is going to be taking the NNAT 2? You’re probably wondering what in the heck it is and what it’s for. I think you’ll be surprised to learn that it actually looks like a fun test. Aaaaand now I’m sure you’re like…Danielle, a fun test? What test is fun? I’ll tell you…just looking at and having my own son do one of the practice tests, I think it looks fun! You’ll see in just a minute because I’ve teamed up with The Test Tutor to help put you and your child at ease about taking the NNAT 2, by providing a little information about the test and offering a great giveaway.
~I received samples to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~
NNAT stands for Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, and the 2 is simply the edition. The test varies in difficulty depending on grade and level, but is actually available to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The NNAT 2 does not require reading, writing, or any type of verbal response, and is a tool used to assess the general intellectual ability of a child.
In laymens terms, it evaluates a child’s ability to reason and problem solve, using nothing but graphics. The results of the test are used to determine a child’s admission into the school’s gifted/advanced programs.
The questions are likely very different from what your child works on daily in school, so if he’s going to be taking the test it’s important to expose him to the types of questions he’ll encounter. Personally, I think the questions look like puzzles and the child is tasked with finding the missing puzzle piece. It’s a fun way to practice problem solving!
There are 4 different types of questions:
Reasoning by Analogy
I haven’t been informed that my son should take the NNAT 2 (yet), but I thought it would be fun to have him try a practice test for his grade level (1st grade). In my opinion, you can never expose your kids to too much knowledge and because the questions are very puzzle-like in nature and require problem solving skills, the practice is great brain power for him.
Where did I get a practice test? From The Test Tutor! The 1st grade/level B practice workbook consists of 64 full-color test questions similar in content, format and difficulty to the actual NNAT 2 test. Plus, it’s written by experts, and tested by experts and children. I knew it would be the perfect practice for my son.
So he sat down one evening, I went over the directions with him, and let him go at it on his own. The actual test is 48 questions and generally takes about 30 minutes. My son completed the 48 test questions and the extra practice questions in maybe 15 minutes. In all honesty, he bombed it. But that’s totally okay.
I would glance over every so often to see how he was doing and I could see he was rushing through it. I knew either (a) he’s a genius, and can just glance at something and know the answer right away, or (b) he’s trying to get it over with. In his case, I think it’s option b.
That’s one thing you don’t want your child to do. Yes, it only takes about 30 minutes to complete, but the nature of the questions require the child to slow down, observe, and really think to solve the problem. It may be all graphics and seem simple, but the answers are all in the details. It’s apparent to me that, first and foremost, my son needs to slow down and then work on his attention to detail.
Luckily, I also have a kindergarten/level A workbook from The Test Tutor, so I think I’ll have him practice with that one for now and keep the juices flowing. Then we’ll go back and redo the 1st grade level. No matter which level I have him practice with, the more he sees these types of questions, the better he’ll get with learning how to approach the problems and deciding how best to solve them. That’s why I’m not at all concerned about how he performed on his first try.
Do you need help preparing your child for the NNAT 2, or simply want to see how your child scores? Two lucky Making Time readers are going to win a practice workbook of their choice (kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade) from The Test Tutor! Simply enter to win, using the giveaway form below.
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