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What is the WPPSI Test?

The WPPSI™-IV (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™, Fourth Edition) uses subtests to determine a child’s Verbal and Performance IQ scores as well as the Processing Speed Quotient for children aged 2 years, 6 months old to 7 years and 3 months old, and it also uses composite scores to assess a student’s general intellectual ability (otherwise known as the Full Scale IQ/Intelligence Quotient) and cognitive functioning based on their test performance as well as current age. The test typically takes less than an hour and is given one-on-one by a trained psychologist, the WPPSI™-IV is often required by private schools and some gifted and talented programs or schools as part of the application screening and admissions process; it is administered by the Education Records Bureau (ERB). The WPPSI™-IV can also be used to identify cognitive delays, learning disabilities and be combined with other tests to assess each child’s level of intellectual giftedness.

The WPPSI™-IV includes 14 different subtests in three specific types (Core, Supplemental or Optional). Children aged 2 years, 6 months to 3 years, 11 months are administered these 5 subtests:

  • Receptive Vocabulary
  • Block Design
  • Information
  • Object Assembly
  • Picture Naming

Children aged 4 years to 7 years, 7 months are administered the 5 subtests shown above as well as these additional subtests:

  • Vocabulary
  • Picture Concepts
  • Symbol Search
  • Word Reasoning
  • Coding
  • Comprehension
  • Picture Completion
  • Similarities
  • Matrix Reasoning
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ – Third Edition (WPPSI™ – III) and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ – Fourth Edition (WPPSI™ – IV) are trademarks of Pearson Education, Inc or its affiliate(s), or their licensors. TestingMom.com is not affiliated with nor related to Pearson Education, Inc or its affiliates (“Pearson”). Pearson does not sponsor or endorse any TestingMom.com product, nor have TestingMom.com products or services been reviewed, certified, or approved by Pearson. Trademarks referring to specific test providers are used by TestingMom.com for nominative purposes only and such trademarks are solely the property of their respective owners.

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