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How Does the KBIT™ 2 Score Intelligence?

How Does the KBIT™ 2 Score Intelligence?

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - June 28th, 2012

The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test 2 is unique in the way it scores intelligence. Instead of more traditional methods, which have their disadvantages, the Kaufman exam tests both fluid and crystallized intelligence. Scoring both of these aspects gives a much more accurate picture of a test-taker’s mental capabilities. It also helps in determining the needs of individuals.

Fluid intelligence is often referred to as “natural,” or “innate” intelligence. It refers to how a person solves problems. This type of intelligence is rarely, if ever, affected by things like environment, education or culture. 

Crystallized intelligence, on the other hand, is a good representation of a person’s exposure to education. The crystallized intelligence portion of the KBIT 2 scores things which have been learned, such as basic skills.

Looking at these two separate elements of intelligence separately can give parents, teachers and caregivers a very thorough picture of an individual’s intelligence. Due to the KBIT 2’s twenty-minute time period, this thorough picture can be obtained much more quickly than with traditional, lengthy tests.

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