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June 15th, 2013

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence

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Intelligence test using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale

Used broadly by schools and preschools in determining admittance and as a general intelligence test, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence is one of the first ‘big’ tests your child will take in life. In addition, the test can also be used to detect learning, cognition, developmental and other disorders very early, giving your child the best chance to receive an education tailored to his unique needs.

There are two forms of the WPPSI test – the WPPSI 3 and the WPPSI 4. The WPPSI 4 is the newest version, and reflects the very latest in academic and developmental research. The WPPSI 3 is an older version but is still widely in use and perfectly adequate for measuring intelligence as intended.

The WPPSI is used to test children between the ages of 2.5 years and 7 years, 3 months. The test contains 14 subsections, from block design to symbol search to picture completion to object assembly to receptive vocabulary. Each section differs from the others in important ways.

There are two main distinctions within the Wechsler Intelligence Scale. The first of these divides based on age; one version is given to children 2.5 to 3 years, eleven months, while the other is given to children four to seven years, three months. The next distinction divides the test’s sub-sections into three categories: Core, Supplemental and Optional. Core subjects are those necessary to build a full assessment. Supplemental sections can be used to replace a section which is inappropriate for a child’s development, or simply to gain additional useful information. Optional sections are just that – entirely optional and used for extra information. You can read more about the tests at this link.

There are many ways to help prepare for the WPPSI, ranging from practice workbooks to online practice questions to tutoring services. Many parents also choose to use games and activities that measure the same skills that are tested on the WPPSI.

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