NNAT3 Overview

What is the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® Third Edition (NNAT3®)?

The Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) is a nonverbal group-administered abilities test for grades K-12 used to estimate students’ reasoning and problem solving skills. Unlike assessment tests which measure what a student has already learned, abilities tests are designed to measure a student’s aptitude, focusing on analytic and problem solving skills rather than specific knowledge.

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Test Format

The NNAT3 exam is made up of 4 question types listed below. With administration time, the NNAT3 exam takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Question Types

Pattern completion – Students are shown a design and are asked to identify what is missing from a section of the image.
Analogy – Students are asked to determine the relationship between varying geometric shapes.
Serial Reasoning – Students are asked to recognize a correct sequence of shapes.
Spatial Visualization – Students are asked to combine two or more shapes and determine what the results will like.

For a more in-depth description of the NNAT3 exam, utilize our Frequently Asked Questions page to answer any questions you may still have.

How to Prepare

The best way to prepare for the NNAT3 exam is by exposing your child to the exam format and the types of questions they will see on the day of the test. With Mercer Publishing’s full-length Practice tests, your child will experience the same format and number of questions as the actual exam. Each practice test booklet contains 1 full-length exam and comes with the answers and explanations. Downloadable versions of our tests are also available for Mac and PC users.

To see what typical questions look like, view our free NNAT3 Sample Questions here.

To begin preparing your child for success, click on the relevant grade level to view our selection of grade specific practice tests and materials.