Dr. Wechsler developed two other commonly used intelligence tests: the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale(WAIS) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence(WPPSI). WPPSI is designed to assess children aged 3 to 7 years and 3 months.
Where the Test is Used
Private schools serving children in 4th through 9th grades often use WISC-IV as part of their admissions testing procedures. They use it to determine both a child's intelligence and his performance in school relative to that intelligence.
What the Test Determines
WISC-IV determines a child's intellectual capabilities. It is frequently used to diagnose ADD or ADHD. The test helps to assess gifted children. The WISC-IV test indices are verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed. The subtests allow precise modeling of a child's intellectual abilities and readiness for learning.
Interpreting the Test Data
Pearson Education which sells the Wechsler testing products also scores the tests. The clinical data which the tests provide helps the admissions staff develop a complete understanding of your child's intellectual strengths and weaknesses.
Preparing for the Test
Your child cannot prepare for WISC-IV or other IQ tests by studying or reading. Just make sure that she gets plenty of rest and relaxation before the test. The school is accustomed to administering these tests and will instruct your child what to do at the appropriate time.
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- Expand and strengthen clinical utility to support your decision making
- Develop the four Index Scores as the primary interpretive structure
- Improve the assessment of fluid reasoning, working memory, and processing speed
- Improve subtest reliabilities, floors and ceilings from WISC–III
- Link to the WIAT–II and to measures of memory (Children’s Memory Scale, CMS), adaptive behavior (Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, ABAS), emotional intelligence (Bar-On EQ), and giftedness (Gifted Rating Scale, GRS)"