If your child is in first grade and is being asked to take a NNAT 1st Grade Test, you may have a lot of questions. Continue reading this article to learn about this exam as well as several extremely useful preparation tips.

The NNAT 1st Grade Test, also known as Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) 1st Grade Test and NNAT Level B, is a type of assessment that is used to gauge the talents and abilities of 1st grade students. The test is comprised of 48 questions and is used to determine your child’s ability to be admitted into the gifted and talented program in your school district. If this is your child’s first time taking this test, they may feel overwhelmed or confused by the layout. Therefore, you need to work with your child and help them while taking practice tests.

The NNAT 1st Grade Test will most likely be split into three sections. Because this test is nonverbal, your child will not be tested based on their language abilities. Instead, they will be presented with shapes and asked to recognize patterns within those shapes. The NNAT Level B will be divided into three segments:

The pattern completion part of the exam will include an image of a shape with a missing piece. Then, your child will be offered several answer options that include potential missing pieces. Your child will then be requested to choose an answer that includes the absent piece of the pattern.

The reasoning by analogy assessment will typically include a line of shapes or figures. The top row of figures will have some sort of similarity. Your child will then be presented with several answers and will be responsible for identifying the answer that includes a pattern that matches the first row.

The final portion of the exam will be the serial reasoning section. If your child previously took the NNAT Kindergarten test, they will not be familiar with this concept. During the serial reasoning segment, your child will see a square that is filled with rows of boxes. Inside the boxes will be different shapes, and the boxes of shapes will change as they move across the rows. However, one of the boxes will be missing a shape. Your child will be responsible for figuring out what shape should be in the box, and choosing the answer that includes that shape.

The score report for the NNAT Level B for 1st graders will be split into three different parts. Your child will be scored based on their age and compared to other children within a 3-month age range. The score report for the NNAT 1st Grade Test will be will be split into three parts:

**Raw Score:**

Their raw score report will simply be the amount of questions responded to correctly out of the total amount of questions. This means that if your child correctly answers 25 of 48 questions, the final raw score will be 25/48.**Naglieri Ability Index (NAI):**

Once the raw score has been calculated, it is then turned into the NAI score. The average child scores around 100, but the highest NAI score is 160. The NAI score is determined by comparing the raw score with other children in the matching age group. The score will then be normalized, where 68% of children will collect a result between 84 to 116, on average.**Percentile Rank:**

The NAI score is converted into their final score, which is their percentile rank. The NAI score will be compared with the scores of children nationwide that are in the same age bracket. The highest percentile rank they could receive is 99%, and the lowest rank they could receive is a 1%. Therefore, if your child obtains a 70% percentile rank, then their NNAT score was equivalent to or better than 70% of nationwide children in that age bracket.

After the test is taken, you will receive the final score card in the post within two months. While you are waiting on the results, you should reach out to your local school district to verify the requirements for entry into the gifted and talented program. Every school district will have different entry requirements, meaning one school may only require a lower percentile rank, such as 85th percentile, whereas another may expect your child to receive a score within the 90th percentile or higher.

**Rehearse with bubble sheets.**If you aren’t familiar with the term “bubble sheets,” it simply means the type of response sheet your child will be provided with during the exam. If your child took the NNAT Kindergarten Test, they did not have to use a bubble sheet. Children start using bubble sheets in 1st and/or 2nd grade. It is important that you teach your child how to use bubble sheets, that way they don’t fill in the wrong answers on accident.**Set daily study goals.**In order to not overwhelm your child, you should set daily study goals. Set apart one hour a day where you sit down with your child and go over practice exams. This will help your child feel more confident about how to answer questions without feeling overwhelmed with pressure.**Start practicing with everyday objects.**Do you have an easy-to-solve puzzle laying around? This would serve as a great practice material without your child ever knowing! While they may think solving the puzzle with you is play time, it’s actually serving a purpose. The puzzle will help stimulate their brain and learn how to piece together patterns, an essential skill on the NNAT tests.

Some parents feel stressed during the preparation for the NNAT 1st Grade Test. In reality, if you take advantage of online resources such as study guides and practice tests, all of the hard work has already been done for you. All you have to do is set a routine and constantly use practice exams with explanations. The use of explanations will help you if you find yourself confused about a question or its answer. Make sure your child receives the highest score possible by utilizing practice exams as well as study material. When the time arrives for them to take the NNAT 1st Grade Test on their own, they will be thankful for all of the practice.

Look at the pattern in the orange triangle. A piece of it has been removed. To complete the pattern, choose the piece below the pattern that goes where the question mark is. Which of the following answer options completes the design?

**Explanation:** The triangle is monotone orange, therefore the part which has been removed must be the same color as the triangle. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice D. It is helpful to use colors to see that they stay consistent throughout the entire picture and missing section. You can also use process of elimination to remove answer choices that are incorrect.

Examine the pattern in the huge rectangle while keeping an eye out for the missing square. Which of the following answer options completes the design?

**Explanation:** Imagine continuing the line across the red-yellow-red pattern, where the missing part would have yellow on top and red on the bottom. The only answer choice that conforms to these requirements is answer choice C. You might also utilize the elimination of response choices. Try to use color or distinguishing lines as markers and ensure that such markers stay consistent throughout the picture and the missing section. Straight lines will serve as markers in this question, and we expect the colors and lines of the design to line up with the correct response choice. In that manner, we can remove the response options that are not appropriate. You should always pay attention to the direction of the pattern. If all the stripes in the picture move horizontally, then you should pick an option that does not differ in direction, nor color sequence.

Find the missing piece that completes the larger design.

**Explanation:** The inner box needs be completed so we know there should be a small box in the upper left-hand side of the answer choice. This removes choices B and C. The lines of the inner box go diagonally from the upper left to the lower right. This removes choice D. The lines of the outer box go diagonally from the upper right to the lower left. This still leaves us with choices A and E. Looking at the remaining choices A and E, you can notice that the difference between them is the spacing between the lines in the outer box. In the main picture the spacing between the lines of the outer box is larger than the spacing of the lines in the inner box, not smaller. This leaves us with answer choice E as the correct answer.

Look at the six boxes and try to find a link between the geometric figures pictured within the boxes. Which of the following answer options can fill the empty box?

**Explanation:** Look at the top row. There are pink, green and purple triangles placed in the middle of separate blue squares. Now, look at the bottom row. There are two triangles; one black and one clear, and the third square is missing a triangle. Since all the triangles are facing the same way but none of the colors repeat, you need to look for an answer choice that is pictured in the same way as the other 5 triangles and yet differs in color. You can try to use the elimination method to spot the right answer. We can see that in option A the triangle is colored pink and there is also a pink triangle on the top row, therefore option A is eliminated. Similarly, option D is a clear triangle, so it too does not fit. The triangle under option C is both green and upside down, therefore not suited. Lastly, you can note that the only option that has a triangle with a different color is choice B, and it is standing upright like all the other triangles.

Examine how the series of forms shift over the rows and columns of the matrix to find the picture that completes the pattern.

**Explanation:** The matrix is composed of three types of figures: square, circle, and triangle. Across the columns, all the figures pictured in the first column are colored red, in the second column the figures are yellow and finally, all the figures in the third column are pink. Now, looking at the first column, we can see a red square on the top, a red triangle in the middle, and a figure missing. The missing figure must complete the square-circle-triangle pattern. We can eliminate answer choice A as it contains a red square, which we already have on the matrix. We can eliminate answer choices B, E, and C, as they do not contain red figures. Hence, the right answer is D, a red circle.

Which answer choice completes the series?

**Explanation:** Looking at the top and middle rows, you can see that the shapes are staying the same, but the colors are always being flipped in the 2^{nd} column. Therefore, the missing box should have a purple square with a circle that is half blue on top and half green on the bottom. This can be found in answer choice E.

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