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Practice Test Questions for Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® IV (WISC®-IV Test)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV test), is an IQ test that is administered to children ages 6 and up. No writing or reading ability is needed of the child that is taking the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.  Once it has been completed, the WISC test produces an IQ score.

Like other IQ Tests, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children was designed to assess the child’s skills and abilities, rather than test for grade-level subject knowledge. The WISC-IV test is administered by a trained psychologist in a one-on-one setting with the child. The time it takes to complete the test varies because a good test proctor will usually establish a rapport with the child before they start asking questions from the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. Depending on the age of the child taking the WISC exam, it’s common for the test to take 2-3 hours and in some cases it takes more than one session.

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – WISC-IV test contains 16 subsets within the exam. Within each of these subtests the questions get more and more difficult as the child progresses through the sections. The format of the questions on the Wechsler Intelligence test are often subject to change. A child’s score is determined by how far they get within each subtest before getting three in a row wrong. Psychologists administering the test take the scores from the individual subtests and combine them to get the child’s IQ.

The 16 subtests of the the Wechsler Test:

  • Block Design
  • Similarities
  • Digit Span
  • Picture Concepts
  • Coding
  • Vocabulary
  • Letter-Number Sequencing
  • Matrix Reasoning
  • Comprehension
  • Symbol Search
  • Picture Completion
  • Cancellation
  • Information
  • Arithmetic
  • Word Reasoning
  • Perceptual Reasoning Index provides the concepts covered Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and WISC test prep ideas you can use with your child.

Here are some practice questions for the WISC-IV test to ask your little one!

1.  Do you see these 4 boxes?  In the top row the pictures go together in a certain way.  Now look at the bottom row.  Do you see the empty box?  Which of the 4 pictures on the side goes with the picture in the bottom box the same way the 2 pictures in the top row go together?

WISC-IV free practice questions

2.  Three couples go out to lunch.  They all ordered the same thing.  Their total bill is $54.96.  They planned to split it equally, but one couple owed one of the other couples lunch.  How much did the couple that owed the other couple pay?

3.  Do you see these 4 boxes?  In the top row the pictures go together in a certain way.  Now look at the bottom row.  Do you see the empty box?  Which of the 4 pictures on the side goes with the picture in the bottom box the same way the 2 pictures in the top row go together?

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV) practice

Answers: 1) 3rd picture over the bubble; 2) $36.64; 3) 4th picture over the bubble

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Autumn says:

In the 1st question the picture on the right bottom is hard to define. Is that a pile of sweaters or a wallet?, and the correct answer is that a trunk of a coffin? Based on the answer I am to assume it is a pile of sweaters and a trunk, but I thought the sweaters was a wallet, so if I had been taking this test, (I am an adult) I would have chosen the purse. I really hope that the real test does not have difficult pictures to define, because in that case the test score may be inadequate, because of the difficult visible definition of the items. The milk and refrigerator was a more obvious sample. Also I was informed that this test averages about 5-6 hours of time for a child, so how can that big of a test be sampled with only 3 questions?

Autumn says:

I apologize for adding to my message but most children have never used or seen a glass bottle of milk in the USA, and trunks are not all that commonly used anymore too. For the example of a record and a record player, paper and a typewriter these items are obsolete in a child’s mind. I also hope that these picture questions have been updated to use more current items that children of this time period understand.

saberi says:

would you send me the subtest, please?

Sheri Neidlinger PhD Harvard University 2009 says:

Best I can tell on the newly released IPad Air with retina display, the fuzzy 4th block in question #1 appears to be a stack of pants or jeans. If the bottle of milk is stored in the refrigerator, would not the pants be stored in the trunk? More so, milk is removed from the refrigerator, pants are removed from the trunk. How does the purse factor in? Just curious?

vanessathea says:

Oh, i also picked the purse because i thought the sweaters were money. ( Using a macbook) And I thought the trunk was a pirate treasure chest. So……

Nicole says:

And I picked the mailbox because I thought that’s a pile of mail!

elizabeth says:

I thought so called Intelligence tests were a thing of the past Two hours testing is a nightmare for a child. Responses to it from an 8yr old: I am not answering any more questions in case I get into trouble. Shame on the psychologists and schools for still using such out of date assessment strategies.

Melvin says:

I agree with Autumn, as I had the same issue, caused by a blurry indeterminate picture. However, a quick interrogation of the questions shows that it is just a picture and not an interactive piece and therefore the resolution problem will not be presented to the kids. The picture will be clear, and they can clearly associate the clothes with a chest.

Autumn second question about obsolete items also carries some merit. However, you can be surprised at how much the children may know.

ev says:

This is so crazy. I can’t believe these are the questions they give kids and then they are diagnosed with learning disabilities? So not fair. I feel bad for my students. I will never underestimate a child ever again. Just because they can’t perform on these stupid tests doesn’t mean they definitely are “learning disabled” or have a “speech /language impairment” says:

Hi Robert – you are correct. None of the materials on our web site are from the actual test. We would never, ever post actual questions from a test plus we’ve never seen the actual test. Our materials on Testing Mom provide guidance for the child to develop the underlying skills needed to be successful on tests like the WISC and WPPSI not to just memorize questions to repeat back on the test. That’s not what our program is about. Thanks for your comment!

Norm says:

Not only arn’t these sample items on the WISC, but they are poor substitutes. In any event, coaching a child for a test like this is what invalidates results because the results are premised on novelty. I would also say, as one who administers these tests, that they typically take approximately one hour, not two or three (only ten of the sixteen subtests are required). Bright children who answer more questions than is typical for their age may take twenty or thirty minutes longer. As for comments in this thread about what constitutes assessing for disability, suffice it to say that many factors go into this complex process, including extensive training. Results of the WISC, or an assessment like it are just one piece.

AEK says:

As a (training) school psychologist, this sample is more similar in difficulty to the adult version (WAIS). These tests may be tedious, but are not at all unpleasant for most children; many times they actually enjoy some of the subtests as they are presented more as “puzzles” than “tests.” Also, the student is not forced to sit through ANY psychometric test. From experience, they really shouldn’t go more than 2-3 hours, unless there is a scheduling conflict or other extenuating circumstance.

The test scores are not definitive, either. They are merely a tool to aid in diagnosis and decision making, they are not the ONLY factor that is very, very cautiously analyzed by highly trained professionals. I completely understand the concerns of those above, but I promise that this is not “torture” for the kids, and they are in good hands. :)

Ismail says:

what I know that WISC-IV has 15 subtests not 16 … Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI) is within Indices of the WISC-IV which are VCI, PRI, WMI, and PSI.



Lee says:

I am a qualified Professional Counsellor (therapist) and have a 6 year old living in my home.
Judging from the example material supplied I have to say that putting a 6 year old through this ordeal would do more harm than good. Most kids, especially 6 year olds want to give you the answer they think you want. Often this leads to them guessing, or in some cases responding with “I don’t know” rather than giving the “wrong” answer.
Let kids be kids for heaven sake.

Ashley says:

Seems like parents want things to be dumbed down for their kids.
This is an intelligence test ro test for above average students.
The picture was clearly a neatly folded stack of pants and a chest.
My 3rd grader answered the math question win his head.

Dr_IQ says:

Many children are required to take intelligence evaluation tests or gifted program qualification tests. These tests are usually intended to predict the child‘s ability to participate and cope with tasks that requires a high intelligence level. The tests pretend to be objective and provide a non-biased indication. However, studies have shown that this is not the case, and children who were prepared and practiced similar tests get significantly higher results. True, someone who is not intelligent will not be able to get high results even after huge amounts of training. Still, training allows gifted and intelligent children to realize their full ability and make the most of the stressful test situation.

Monica says:

Do the test takers know that they are being timed on the Processing Speed Index portion of the WISC?

Jessica says:

My daughter had a great laugh reading the comments from parents.

Darlene says:

If you enlarge the picture below the milk it will show that it is pants folded. My daughter did this several years ago through a Psychologist and her scores were mixed. Some areas were extremely high where other area’s were low. Upon that we determined where she needed assistance and where she didn’t.

Rekha says:

In the first picture I too thought it was a stack of letters which would get associated with a mail box..In my country the mail boxes don’t even look like that.. my 5.8 yr old though picked the right one..he saw it as clothes and picked suitcase..he picked the right answer to third one too.. however he couldn’t do the math even when I asked him to split 60 three ways..his school does not start math until 1st grade ( 6+ yrs )

Sydney says:

I am 12 years old and i knew what the pile of clothes were and the chest i just figured was a suitcase. It is rather simple.

Ramneek Kapoor says:

The test needs to be revised with modern items included that today’s children are familiar with.even a four year old child is familiar with computer gadgets and visual items hence an online revision with easy itemised visual inventory is needed urgently.the time shouldn’t be more than 90 minutes.


Interesting that there is no response here!

Ryan says:

Boy are some of you parents anal pains in the butt. Ridiculous.

sheryl says:

is there only practice material for the wisc IV, i don’t see wisc V in the test list? also, if the test is for up to 16 year olds why does it say for up to 8th grade on your website? my son just started 9th grade but needs practice for this test, and to get him ready but he is not in 8th grade anymore.

sheryl says:

YES! real life tests are this confusing and outdated as you all have noticed!!! I was in shock at how unfair this whole process was. They use questions that may or may not apply to a specific individual child. My son’s test in kindergarten showed objects that my 5 year old had never seen before, things no longer usrd in my kitchen or our neighborhood. Also there is a cultural bias because parents from Japan don’t use forks, but the test designers assume everyone is american, white and typical. We don’t eat or use canned corn, I dont use a knife to butter bread, there arent any railroad crossing signs in my town (only flashing red lights), the dog and the pony were bad drawings not photos, they were the exact same size as each other and they dog drawing was a collie! On another part of the test it showed three interlocking circles, my son drew all three circles with two interlocking but the third only touching so it is marked Wrong! So he could have drawn a stick and got the same score! They give no credit for very close correct answers…I could go on and on. He still scored 95 even with these issues, which is normal at 5 but it was no way fair or impartial per race, ethnic group, family norms, it is a flat test that does not take any factors into consideration. If you took a genius from another part of the world they wouldn’t even show as average because the material is Not pertinent to him!! Parents really need help!

Sam says:

Hi Sheryl,

Even though the test goes up to age 16, we only offer materials through 8th grade.