Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children/WISC is used to assess intelligence in children between the ages of 6 to 16 years old. IQ tests don't assess learned knowledge such as reading and math. Instead, they measure a child's learning capabilities through verbal and non-verbal exercises. For this reason, they are a far better predictor of future academic success, especially in children who are not traditionally exceptional students. The most recent version of the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, WISC-V, was released in 2014.
The WISC-V takes between 48 and 65 minutes to administer. It is made up of 16 primary subtests (that deliver the full-scale IQ score) and five complementary subtests.
New elements of the WISC-V include three primary subtests (visual puzzles, figure weights and picture span) and five complementary subtests. The complementary subtests are used to ensure that the WISC-V accurately reflects the intelligence of all children, including those with learning disabilities, motor skill difficulties, autism and autistic spectrum disorders and a host of other impairments.
Most often, the primary subtests are administered to obtain the IQ score. However, because test examiners can substitute or add secondary subtests during testing, it's important that children are exposed to both types of subtests during practice. The IQ score is generally required for gifted and private school admissions in the U.S. and abroad. The primary and secondary subtests are the following:
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