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Practice Test Questions for Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ – (WPPSI™ – III and IV tests)

The WPPSI 3 and 4 tests (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) test measures intellectual abilities in young children.

If your child is taking the Weschsler test you can also practice questions for the Stanford-Binet® test, CogAT® test, and OLSAT® test. Many of the same types of questions are on each of these tests. Below you’ll find practice questions to ask your little one to see how they respond. The WPPSI test is done one-on-one with a trained psychologist. Many private schools require children to take the WPPSI test prior to getting admitted into the private school. Many people use ERB test synonymously with WPPSI test but the ERB is not a test. The ERB (Education Records Bureau) is the association that administers the tests, not the actual test itself.

The strengths of the WPPSI test for young children is they are colorful and the test keeps the attention span of the child since they find the WPPSI test interesting. Subtests of the WPPSI-III and WPPSI-IV tests offer a variety samples and often second chances to assure the child performs best during the test or her abilities. The WPPSI test scores allow partial credit. The WPPSI test is not without drawbacks. Free practice questions for the WPPSI-III and IV tests can be found online at various web sites.


Practice Question for WPPSI Test – Pre-K to Kindergarten

1. Which two pictures below go together?


Practice Question for WPPSI Test – First Grade and Second Grade

2. Look at the pictures in the 2 rows below.  Choose 1 picture from the first row that goes with 1 picture from the second row. Why do you think those 2 pictures go together?


Practice Question for WPPSI Test – First and Second Grade

3.  Parent Instuctions In this WPPSI test subtest, your child is given 90 seconds to put together a frameless puzzle.  This assesses many different skills including visual-spatial reasoning, small motor skills, problem solving abilities, processing speed, and more.

  • Print out each image on a color printer.
  • Use a glue stick to adhere the image to cardboard.
  • Cut around the edges of the picture.
  • Cut the overall picture into pieces, following the broken lines inside the image.
  • Keep the pieces of each puzzle together in a plastic bag.


For each Puzzle:

  • Line up the pieces of the puzzle in a row in front of your child.
  • Tell your child what the puzzle will make when it is put together.
  • Say, “Can you put these puzzle pieces together to make it look like a butterfly?”
  • If your child hesitates while working say, “Be sure to work as fast as you can!”

Practice Question for WPPSI Test – First and Second Grade
4. “Look at this picture.  An important part of it is missing.  What’s missing?”


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Cassie says:

Hi, I have been advised to get my 6 yr old son a wppsi test. I send him to st marys college which is a private school, We have used lots of community programs from the age of 3 and now school is proving to be a struggle.
Where can I get this test done?
How much does the test cost?
Does a health care card help?

keonalynn says:

Assessment Associates, Educational Assessment Associates, L. Isabelle Blackwood-Ellis, Ph.D. Psychological and Educational Associates, and Campbell Psychological Services, LLC are a few place in the MD, DC area. They all provide Independent School Admission Testing- this includes administration of appropriate intellectual test, such as the Wechler Intelligence Test for Children (WISC-IV), Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), or other intellectual tests (e.g. the Leiter International Performance Scale, a nonverbal test of intelligence when language is an issue), as well as any necessary educational achievement testing.

awash15 says:

Where is a good place online to find some free Wechsler test quetions (WPPSI) for Ages 4 and Age 6?

Quanle1973 says:

If I want to try out for 1 month how much is it going to cost?

shweta1812 says:


I have recently purchased a membership and am looking to find practice questions for Pre-K and KG. There are lot of places where links are available claiming 25000 practice questions but when clicked, they only show 4 and they are for mixed age groups. I am particularly looking for WPPSI and Woodcock Johnson test questions. Can you please point me to the correct link or explain how to go about it?

Your response is much appreciated.

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Shweta says:

Hi Sheweta- make sure you are logged into the site and click on “Home” at the top left. AFter that, you’ll see a list of all the tests with practice questions for the WPPSI and Woodcock-Johnson. All of our materials for practice questions are organized by test name and grade level. Thanks!

maryam says:

i listen to your seminar with positive parenting solution as i’m a member. i nee to know how i can ge the free testing survival guide? says:

Hi Maryam – just email us at help testing mom. com – we will send it to you right away!

Ellen Kelly says:

Testing Moms,

Please be aware that IQ tests do not measure capability or potential and do not provide perfectly reliable scores. IQ tests are not fixed and do change over the course of development. IQ test items should not be used for practice! By doing this you could be ruining test validity. It also could cause test anxiety in your child.

IQ test scores, under optimal test conditions, account for ONLY 40% to 50% of the current expected achievement. Thus, 50% to 60% of student achievement is related to variables “beyond intelligence.” Motivation, willingness to put forth effort on difficult tasks, a strong work ethic, and persistence are also important and can affect performance on all kinds of tests and in life as well.

If your child scored high on an IQ test, this does not mean than she or he will automatically have high academic achievement or will successful in school or in life. Do not give them feedback about their performance. Research indicates that telling your gifted child his IQ could seriously undermine future academic achievement. It can contribute to performance anxiety or a tendency to give up quickly. Instead of praising children’s intelligence or talent, focus on the processes they used.
Example: “I really admire how long you practiced that speech.” Or ” You really worked hard on that report and it shows. I really learned a lot from reading your report on Hamlet. I had no idea that…..”

If you have preschoolers, allow your child time and space to play make-believe activities with other children. This will help them develop patience, persistence, attention, social skills, and emotional intelligence. These are important attributes that greatly influence learning and success in life that IQ tests cannot tap.

Ellen Kelly, M.A.
School Psychologist says:

Thank you so much Ellen for your feedback! We recommend parents work with their child in moderation to give the child an idea of the types of questions that the child might be asked on an IQ test. We never would suggest a parent expose their child to actual questions from the test. Our program is about developing the underlying skills children need to be successful in school and in life!

We agree, it’s so stressful for a 4 year old to be put in a room all alone with complete stranger while the mom and dad have to anxiously await outside the door. So sad that it has to be this way. We didn’t create this system but we give parents a way to adequately respond to as system. We feel our program allows parents and kids to be less stressed when it comes to testing not more stressed since now it’s known what the child should expect in a room all alone with complete stranger

vshreen says:

can anybody say how many months of preparation is required for a child to take up the test in the month of april

ann says:

I am school psychologist for over twenty years.

What concerns me about these “practice questions” is that this type of preparation was not used in the standardization of the WPPSI. The children who were administered the test for standardization purposes walked in “cold”, without any sense of what the tasks would entail. That way the test could be given under the same conditions for all children, therefore obtaining a more accurate score. By giving children questions before hand, the “practice affect” would be introduced, perhaps changing the scores.

Pretena Ingram says:

Where can I get this test administered for my year old son in the Charlotte, NC area?

Hal says:

You do realize that helping children prepare for these tests may inflate their scores, and that inflated scores may get children into programs for which they may not be qualified. If this is the case, children may struggle in these programs with predictable effects on their self-esteem and self-concept? Putting children into programs for which they are not qualified is not doing them any favours.

shirley says:


Reno, NV – where can we get the educational assessment done for our 4 yr old? thank you says:

Hi Shirley – please check with your local school to find a place to get your 4-year-old tested. That’s the best place to start.

danilogalveztips says:

I’m an educator and parent myself.

I see where the people who commented regarding the negative effects of prepping are coming from.

While it is important to note that the assessment results might end up being inaccurate when it comes to children who were prepared beforehand, I think we should also consider the particular circumstances the child and his parent is coming from.

If the child was already in a program or institution and is taking this assessment for evaluation purposes, then I would advice against prepping to the point of providing almost identical procedures.

But, (and I feel that most of the people taking advantage of advance preparation is under this umbrella) if the situation was a family vying for a spot in a school with limited open slots, it feels to me that the parents would naturally put the effort into giving their child an edge. Because in the end the competition would probably be only between those kids whose parents took the effort to prepare. In this environment created by the exclusiveness of the schools themselves, I feel if it does not stress the child, and the parents did all the gritty work, the materials here would be a welcomed tool.

Marsha says:

I agree with the fact that the “practice affect” will skew the norms for everyone. Also.. some of these test are used for gifted a talented placement. If a child practiced and practiced and was then placed into a gifted and talented program but are not inherently gifted, that placement could add extra stress. Not all children can handle that type of rigor and can develop anxiety with unrealistic expectations placed upon them.

shakinyi says:

Unfortunately that is the nature of the beast nowadays. These ‘standardized’ test results are already skewed as prepping for these tests to gain admission into schools IS the norm. To the point where an average or slightly above average child that is sent in ‘cold’ is at an immediate disadvantage and will appear less intelligent than his prepped peers. So what is a parent to do. Set up their kid for failure to prove a point or give them the same tools to succeed the other kids have? At some point I think the advantage becomes a wash since everyone is prepping. It just puts non prepped kids at (unfairly) lower percentile scores.

Engy says:

I m a physician.. I didn’t notice that the whole is missing from the whistle.. I even didn’t recognize it as a whistle.. either the image wasn’t clear enough or the exercise is too difficult!!!!!

Bob says:

I was a child placed into multiple gifted programs from an early age where those around me touted my “intelligence” (high IQ scores) but not my achievement. I’m not a completely lost cause but I never completed college, have a job as an adult that’s not nearly challenging enough, and certainly feel that my academic career was skewed by a perception of what I might be capable of and not what I was actually doing. Briefly, I developed a really terrible habit of procrastinating and giving up too early and it ruined my academic potential.

While it’s true that gifted children might need to be challenged uniquely, it is also true that the impact of strongly correlating the results of an IQ test to long term success is almost the worst thing you can do for your child’s actual success.

As a member of society that has been that kid, I can tell you from strong personal experience, IQ tests are something you should take with a grain of salt. If used correctly they’re a way to place children in an environment that understands them a little better. It’s not a prestigious honor. It’s virtually the same thing as special education with a different emphasis. If your child does have an IQ realize it means they are objectively different from the majority of their peers and in order to excel will need to be treated differently academically. They may do incredible and amazing things with their life, but the big worry is that if not placed correctly they can develop terrible work habits. One of the outcomes is someone like me who did so well on homework and tests that I resorted to never doing homework, procrastinating, never studying and was basically a lazy slacker ruining my life. Another is putting too much pressure on your child by placing them in a gifted program they can’t keep up with. This makes them adverse to reaching for achievement and gives them anxiety issues. If you think you can just take them out if they’re not doing well, remember that these experiences can have life-changing consequences faster than you’d realize. Think butterfly effect stuff.

If you’re a smart parent you won’t care how “smart” your child is, but rather how diligent and hard working they are. That said, I strongly echo the psychologist’s perspectives on these comments and I don’t recommend preparing your child for an IQ test. You run the risk of putting your child into a kind of special education where they’re constantly the odd man out. Far worse than a public education.

Regardless of how amazing the school is, it’s not worth the long term success of your child.

ScienceMom says:

@Engy– I feel your pain! I have a PhD and am a scientist and a university professor– I didn’t notice the hole missing in the whistle either, and it took me a while to figure out what it was too. (My first thought was an unrolling cochlea…) Also, for #2– My first thought was that the zipper and the zebra could go together since they both started with Z… but clothing usually has a zipper or buttons (think the fly of jeans) so they don’t technically “go together” they are just both types of fasteners. Maybe I’m over thinking it? I’m guessing, though, that I wouldn’t be the only person (kid) who has… ;)

As several people have mentioned above, emphasizing and praising a child’s ability to problem solve, work hard, be kind, make good decisions, etc. usually sets her/him up for success instead of praising “innate” ability. People can choose to problem solve, work hard, be kind, etc., and it benefits everyone to have a sense of control over *something* during a challenging experience. Just “being smart” is a burden; if perfection is not achieved, the bottom falls out of a person’s identity. A kid will figure out that they are “smart” or clever or a quick study. But being labeled isn’t enough– they need the appropriate life skills (problem solving, persistent, ethical, etc) to be well-adjusted and a contributing member of society.

That said, I do understand the point of these tests since it is often the gateway to get advanced children into certain programs. Just be careful of putting stress on the children to perform well. As many have said above, I think practicing these kinds of tests negates their assessment value. But I am curious to get my hands on one to see where my kids are…

Rifa says:

Good questions but I need more