Woodcock-Johnson Test FAQ

If your child will be taking the Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Achievement or Cognitive Abilities, you'll want to read on for valuable information about these tests.

What are the Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Achievement?

The Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement are long-standing tests used to determine how well a student is retaining and understanding certain subjects. The subjects tested are specifically selected to reflect a student’s knowledge of “core” or very important topics. There are currently two versions of the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement being used; versions three and four.

The Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement are comprised of twenty-two subtests on various subjects. Information covered includes reading, writing, vocabulary, comprehension, editing and different types of math. The subtests have variations which make them applicable to students of any age, from kindergarten through college. In fact, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement has norms that make it applicable to adults up to the age of 90. For this reason, it is also commonly used outside of academic institutions to assess the learned knowledge of adults.

What are the Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Cognitive Abilities?

Originally developed in the late 1970s, the Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Cognitive Abilities are unique and important in that they assess cognitive function. This is very different from learned knowledge and indicates a person's ability to learn and reason, regardless of previous schooling.

The Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Cognitive Abilities features two batteries of tests. The standard battery includes subtests 1 through 10. The extended battery, which can be given at the same time or separately, consists of tests 11 through 20. These tests, when combined, offer insights into a person's capabilities. The nine major sets of abilities tested by the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities include:

  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual-Spatial Thinking
  • Auditory Processing
  • Visual Matching
  • Comprehension/Knowledge
  • Long-Term Retrieval
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Processing Speed
  • Fluid Reasoning
  • Quantitative Knowledge