The Nonverbal Battery present the most novel problems to students. The items on these tests use only geometric shapes and figures that have had little direct relationship to formal school instruction. The tests require no reading. It is argued that the nonverbal battery is particularly suitable for obtaining an accurate estimate of development for students who have difficulty with reading; who have limited competency in English; or who have limited opportunities. The tests in the nonverbal battery are between fifteen and twenty-five questions each and students are given ten minutes for each test. (For examples of how these might be presented on the test see the Figural section of the relevant level of Building Thinking Skills or emailwith CogAT nonverbal in the subject line.)
Figure Classification: The student is given three figures that are alike in some way. They are given three answer choices and five pictures to choose from. They are asked to decide which figure goes best with the three answer choices.
Figure Analogies: The student is given three figures. The first two figures go together; the third figure goes with one of the answer choices.
Figure Analysis: The student is shown how a square piece of dark paper is folded and where holes are punched in it. The student is to figure out how the paper will look when it is unfolded.