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Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children –Fifth Edition (WISC-V; Wechsler, 2014) provides a measure of general intellectual functioning (Full Scale Intelligence Quotient [FSIQ]) and five index scores (Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory, and Processing Speed).


The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children –Fifth Edition can be used to assess individuals between the ages of 6 years and 16 years, 11 months. Its framework is based on theory and is supported by clinical research and factor-analytic results. The WISC-V consists of 16 core subtests and three ancillary subtests. The WISC-V is statistically linked to the WIAT-III and the KTEA-3. Instructions are briefer and shorter; discontinue rules are new features to decrease testing time from the WISC-IV.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) Wechsler (2014) 6.0–16.11 (in years and months)

Individually administered, norm-referenced measure of cognitive abilities; administered by clinician; 16 core subtests; three ancillary subtests

Yields scaled scores for subtests, standard scores and percentiles for five index scales, base rates

60 min. for core subtests

Processing Indices: Verbal Comprehension Index (Similarities, Vocabulary, Information, and Comprehension) Visual Spatial (Block Design and Visual Puzzles)

Fluid Reasoning (Matrix Reasoning, Figure Weights Picture Concepts, and Arithmetic)

Working Memory (Digit Span, Picture Span, and Letter-Number Sequencing) Processing Speed (Coding, Symbol Search, and Cancellation)

Ancillary Subtests (Visual-Verbal

Association Immediate, Visual-Verbal Association Delayed, and Naming Speed)

Availability: Pearson Assessment and Information,

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