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The Naglieri General Ability Tests were developed to address the need for equitable assessment of gifted students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds so they can receive educational opportunities for their ability.
Author Team: Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., Dina M. Brulles, Ph.D. and Kimberly Lansdowne, Ph.D.
The Naglieri General Ability Tests are comprised of three brand-new tests expressly developed to help identify gifted students fairly and equitably. These tests measure general intellectual ability across verbal (Naglieri & Brulles), nonverbal (Naglieri), and quantitative (Naglieri & Lansdowne) content.
Test items were carefully designed to remove cultural influences, allow students to solve problems regardless of the language they speak, and significantly reduce the amount of formal knowledge required so tests measure how well students 'think', rather than what students 'know'. Initial research has found minimal differences across gender, race/ethnicity, and parental education level. Initial research (N = 8,410 grades K-12) of the possible influences of gender, race, ethnicity, and parental education on three tests indicate little to no differences across gender, race, ethnicity and parental education.
The Naglieri-V test uses universally recognized pictures that are appropriate across cultures, representing verbal concepts, rather than presenting questions orally or in writing. The test questions require students to understand the relationships among six pictures to determine what verbal concept is shared by five of the pictures and which does not represent the concept.
The Naglieri-NV test is comprised of questions that are presented using diagrams and pictorial formats. These questions require the students to decipher the logic behind the relationships among shapes, their color, sequences, orientation, etc. to determine which option completes the pattern.
The Naglieri-Q test is composed of questions that are presented using numbers and shapes arranged in a pattern. The test items require students to examine the relationship, patterns, and sequences among numbers and/or symbols using basic math concepts. There are no math word problems so the items can be solved regardless of language(s).
Watch Part One of our Q&A with the authors of the Naglieri General Ability Tests as they discuss the test and its components and the need for equitable assessment in the field of gifted and talented.