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    Advanced Learning Testing Process

    All K-8 students referred to Advanced Learning will be tested in order to determine eligibility for Advanced Learning programs and services.

    All students are required to take a cognitive assessment, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). Some students may be required to take achievement tests if they do not have current achievement scores administered by the Seattle Public Schools.

    We have outlined the process for each of these testing phases below.

    Advanced Learning K-8th Grade Testing Process

    All referred students will be scheduled to take a cognitive assessment (NNAT3). Test administration will occur on Saturdays for grades K-1 & 4-8. Grades 2 & 3 will be universally tested with the NNAT3 in their schools. The above testing occurs September through December.  Students needing accommodations (IEP, 504) will be contacted individually to arrange testing.

    The NNAT3  Form is a paper-and-pencil test and can take up to 30-45 minutes. Your child will not be allowed to bring any food or drink into the testing environment. Advanced Learning will provide all needed materials. You will wait at a central location while your child tests in a small group with a proctor who will read the instructions.

    Achievement Testing

    Achievement scores are required, as part of gathering a complete academic picture for a student to be considered for Advanced Learning eligibility.

    The Advanced Learning Office will determine who needs achievement tests based on the following criteria:

    • All Non-Seattle Public School students may be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test. 
    • All Seattle Public School students, grades K-8, who do not have achievement scores (administered by the Seattle Public Schools) will be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test.

    Like the Cognitive test scheduling, parents/guardians of students who meet the above criteria, will receive an email prompting them to login to the Source and schedule an Achievement test. Achievement test administrations will occur on Saturdays in early December. The Achievement test is a paper-and-pencil test. It can take 2- 3 hours for 1-8 graders, and up to 70 minutes for Kindergartners to complete. Your child will not be allowed to bring any food or drink into the testing environment. Advanced Learning will provide all needed materials.

    Please Note: All Kindergartners who are referred to Advanced Learning are required to participate in Seattle School District administered MAP testing, taking place in January, 2021.

    Test Preparation

    While there is nothing your student needs to do to study for the Advanced Learning testing process, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your child for the day of testing. Those include a good night’s sleep, relaxed attitude, and good nutrition/hydration on testing day. Food and drinks are not allowed in testing rooms, but a short break is scheduled for water and bathroom.

    We do not recommend that families purchase test preparation materials.