NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

NYC Gifted and Talented Testing Starts Today

As many of you know, NYC gifted and talented testing starts today! (Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013).  It’s hard to believe that another year of the New York City gifted testing has arrived.  This year, the BSRA test (aka Bracken School Readiness Assessment) has been replaced with the much more difficult NNAT-2 test that uses progressive matrices when the child is testing. The NNAT test (Naglieri Non-verbal abilities test) was designed  for a culturally neutral evaluation of a child’s nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the primary language, culture or socioeconomic status.

We’ll see if this change to the Naglieri test has an impact on the number of students qualifying for a coveted seat in the New York City gifted and talented program.

NNAT-2 Practice Questions for the Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test

As you know by now the NYC Dept. of Ed.  is changing the test for 2012-2013 for admission into the NYC gifted and talented program for children pre-K to 2nd grade. The NNAT-2 Naglieri is a nonverbal test that measures children’s problem solving abilities. The test is nonverbal, which means that children who don’t speak English as a first language aren’t at a disadvantage, since the test primarily uses drawings and shapes. If you need additional practice questions, the CoGAT, OLSAT, Stanford-Binet and WPPSI are all similar to the NNAT-2. You can find those at

Part of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test consists of:

  • Pattern Completion
  • Reasoning by Analogy
  • Serial Reasoning
  • Spatial Visualization

The practice questions below should give you a good idea of what to expect on the NNAT-2. These questions will also be helpful in preparing for other tests that are similar to the NNAT-2.

  • The sample test questions below are from Testing Mom! 

Questions 1 to 4: Say to your child:  “Look at the pictures in the top two boxes.  Do you see how they go together in a certain way?  Now look at the picture in the bottom row.  [Then point to the answers along the side.]  Which picture goes with the picture on the bottom row the same way the pictures in the top row go together?”

NOTE: Answers at the bottom

1. NNAT-2 Practice Questions for Pre-K and Kindergarten

2. NNAT-2 Test Sample Question for First Grade

3. NNAT Practice Question for Second Grade

4. NNAT Test Prep Question for Third Grade

5. Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test  (NNAT) Practice Question for Fourth Grade

6. NNAT-2 Practice Question for Fifth and Sixth Grade where you can get 100 free practice questions

NNAT-2 Test Answers for Questions

  1. #2
  2. #3
  3. #3
  4. #3
  5. #4 – each has 3 squares colored in, but never the middle square
  6. #4

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