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How is the KBIT Test Scored?

The KBIT-2 is scored on three different levels, verbal, non-verbal and the overall composite IQ.  Theoretically the verbal subtests measure crystallized ability and the non verbal subtests measure fluid reasoning.


The Verbal portion of the KBIT-2 test is made up of two subtests, Verbal Knowledge and Riddles. These measure verbal, school related skills by measuring an individual’s word knowledge, verbal concept formation, reasoning ability and range of general information.

Non Verbal

The Non Verbal portion is made up of the Matrices subtest and measures the ability to solve new problems. This is done by assessing the student’s ability to perceive relationships and complete visual analogies.


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This doesn’t actually answer the question. This is a description of the subtests, not a description of how scoring occurs. How many questions are given at a minimum? How are the responses scored? How many must be missed in a row before the evaluator ends the subtest? Is there a way to estimate a score based on practice questions?


My child took the KBIT test at my request in 1st grade. her scores confuse me: verbal IQ 51 non verbal IQ 28 overall composite IQ 151.
It’s the discrepancy in the results that makes me question. What do these scores mean?? The requirement for Gifted is 130 composite, so she is obviously over that . Why the much lower numbers in the subtests??

Hi Maria –

Thank you for reaching out to us.

I’m purely speculating, but it would not shock me if the verbal and non verbal scores are your daughters raw scores on the KBIT. The raw score is simply how many questions she answered correctly, which is then converted to get the composite IQ. I would definitely reach out to the school for clarification on this, if you’re not sure.

All the best,


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