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Question #90455 posted on 10/06/2017 5:20 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My kindergartner's going to take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Second Edition, later this year. I read about it, and it looks like for the Level A version that kindergartners take, it's 48 questions of pattern completion and reasoning by analogy type in 30 minutes.

My question: how many minutes and/or questions in would you guess that most five-year-olds are tapped out of their concentration reserves and are effectively done being able to do any more of the test?

-Mary

A:

Dear Mary,

The average attention span of a five-year-old is about 10-15 minutes per activity. It sounds like the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test is broken down into four subsections, each of which takes less than 10 minutes. If I were to guess, I'd say that the creators of the test probably took the average five-year-old's attention span into consideration and created a suitable test for their capabilities. It probably does depend on the child, though. Hope the test goes well!

-Van Goff