The Natural Ability, or NA test, is a test which measures the natural hunting ability of pups 16 months of age or younger. The NA test evaluates 7 areas: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire, and cooperation. Many breeders use the NA test results of the pups they produce as measures of the success of their breeding programs, as it is truly a test of inherited abilities. .
The Utility Test, or UT, evaluates fully trained hunting dogs in the water and in the field as finished versatile gun dogs. No previous testing is required. This test exhibits the skill level which is achieved when properly bred versatile dogs are trained to high standards. Dogs of any age may be tested.