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How is the WISC Test Scored?

The WISC®-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®, Fifth Edition) is scored by comparing your child’s individual performance against a group of other students born within a four-month age range of one another (this called an “age band”). All students tested have three possible age bands they may fall into which are then standardized and used to determine each child’s overall IQ score and assess various cognitive abilities (like verbal comprehension, working memory, visual processing speed, and fluid reasoning) as compared against performance level norms created from the standardized test sample.

Understanding How Age Bands Work

There are three distinct age bands each child may fall into when being scored for the WISC®-V test. Each age band represents a four-month range and will be listed by year and month:

  • Age band 1 – Year:0-Year:3
  • Age band 2 – Year:4-Year:7
  • Age band 3 – Year:8-Year:11

For example: If your 7-year-old child is taking the WISC®-V, the age bands that apply are 7:0-7:3, 7:4-7:7, and 7:8-7:11.

If you want your child to be on the older or younger end of the age band in which his or her score will be calculated, you can try to schedule the test accordingly. Typically, results are described as Standard Scores, and the average score is 100.

Here are all the Standard Score ranges for the WISC®-V:

  • Borderline: 70-79. Students who test in this range may struggle to keep up in school and are usually eligible for assistance.
  • Low Average: 80-89. Students who test in this range may struggle to keep up in school, but are not generally eligible for special education or assistance.
  • Average: 90-109. Students who test in this range are average and may or may not struggle to keep up in school.
  • High Average: 110-119. Students who test in this range are high average and do not generally struggle in school.
  • Above Average: 120-129. Students who test in this range are above average and do not generally struggle in school.
  • Moderately Gifted: 130-145. Students who test in this range are moderately gifted and do not generally struggle in school.
  • Highly Gifted: 146-159. Students who test in this range are highly/exceptionally gifted and do not generally struggle in school.
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Jennifer says:

I think we have a problem if all intelligence levels may struggle to keep up in school!

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