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KBIT-2 Test (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test™, Second Edition)

What is the KBIT?

The KBIT Test (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test) is a brief, individually administered measure of verbal (vocabulary subtest) and non verbal (Matrices subtest) intelligence.

The KBIT-2 test can be used in educational, clinical or research arenas. In 1990 the first KBIT test was introduced and the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test 2 (KBIT-2 test) followed in 2004.There are three scores for the KBIT test for verbal, non-verbal and overall composite of the IQ.

Additionally, this test is also able to identify high-risk children, who may require a more comprehensive evaluation. This is accomplished through the test’s large-scale screening. This exam is developed by leading cognitive ability experts Alan and Nadeen Kaufman, therefore, it is assumed that this test provides highly valid, reliable results and is useful for a broad range of purposes. offers a wide variety of practice questions and interactive games for the KBIT and other gifted and talented test.

Skill Assessment

Theoretically, the verbal subtests measure crystallized ability and the non verbal subtests measure fluid reasoning.

Crystallized intelligence, as measured by the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test-2, is intelligence which has been learned. This can be acquired through formal schooling, informal teaching by parents, life experiences or any other situation which teaches a child something new. Crystallized intelligence changes over time, as it usually remains the same throughout a child’s life. An adult will have a very different scope of crystallized intelligence than a child will, simply because they have been through more experiences and attended more schooling.

In most cases, an intelligence test such as the KBIT-2 is intended to measure crystallized intelligence as it relates to others of the same age group. For example, a gifted program may use the KBIT-2 to measure the crystallized intelligence of kindergarten students against others in their class, to see how far ahead they are relative to other children. The KBIT-2 is also useful in identifying at-risk students, whose crystallized intelligence is below the norm for their age group.

Is it true that you cannot prepare for these types of tests?

This is false. Many psychologists do not like when children practice, because they think children will be exposed to testing materials and that this may skew the results. Our test prep does not expose your child to testing materials, but rather helps them understand the types of questions they will be asked.

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My child is in The gifted and talented club she loves it


To be honest,I need this test for a reserach.


Can the KBITZ be substituted for the WISC IV.


My daughter is in 1st grade age 6. Her teacher suggested this test. I’m all for it. Is it a good thing, bad thing, suggesting my children is below level or above? She has behavior issues since kindergarten, but maybe because she’s bored or not interested. Is this a standard test for all students? Thanks.


I am interesting in The KBIT-2 preparation test for 1 grade


Loved the video! I just have a question about one sentence in the description of crystallized intelligence. How can it change over time but stay the same during a child’s life? Thank you for answering me. *** I definitely do not want my email published or made public.


After almost 3 years of participating in gifted education ot is now being requested that my childnbe tested with the KBIT-2 Test. Need some help with preparing him for this.

To best prepare your child for the KBIT-2 Test, consider the following steps (after you become a Testing Mom member!).

Familiarize your child with the test format: The KBIT-2 has two main components: Verbal (Verbal Knowledge and Riddles) and Nonverbal (Matrices). Explain to your child the structure of the test, the types of questions they will encounter, and the purpose of the test. This will help reduce any anxiety and create a sense of familiarity with the test format. Testing Mom has hundreds of questions to prepare your child for the KBIT. Along with using our practice materials here are some other tips:

Develop verbal skills: Encourage your child to read a variety of materials, including books, newspapers, and magazines, to improve their vocabulary and verbal reasoning abilities. Engage them in discussions about various topics to help them practice their listening and comprehension skills. You can also use age-appropriate vocabulary-building activities or games to make learning fun.

Develop problem-solving and reasoning skills: The nonverbal component of the KBIT-2 assesses a child’s ability to solve problems and think logically. Provide your child with puzzles, brainteasers, and logic games that challenge their thinking and reasoning abilities. Encourage them to think through problems step by step and discuss their thought process with you.

Practice relaxation techniques: Test anxiety can negatively affect a child’s performance. Teach your child relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, visualization, or progressive muscle relaxation. Encourage them to use these techniques before and during the test to remain calm and focused.

Establish a consistent routine: Ensure that your child has a regular sleep schedule, a balanced diet, and time for physical activity. A healthy lifestyle contributes to a child’s overall cognitive abilities and emotional well-being, which will help them perform better on the test.

Maintain a positive attitude: Encourage your child to approach the KBIT-2 with a positive attitude and remind them that the test is just one measure of their intelligence. Reassure them that they have your support, regardless of their test results.

Remember that while some preparation can be helpful, it’s essential not to overemphasize the importance of the test. The KBIT-2 is a brief assessment, and focusing too much on test preparation may create unnecessary stress for your child. Instead, aim to foster a love of learning and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills in a well-rounded manner.

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