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Practice Test Questions for Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® — Fourth Edition (WISC®-IV Test)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC test), is an IQ test that children as young as 6 years of age can take. The WISC test can be completed without any writing or reading needed by the child taking the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. Once completed, the WISC test generates an IQ score.

Like other IQ Tests the WISC-IV test (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) is designed to measure skills and abilities, rather than grade-level subject knowledge. The WISC test is conducted by a trained psychologist one-on-one with the child. The time to take the test varies since a good test giver will establish a strong rapport with the child prior to beginning the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. Depending on the age of the child taking the WISC-IV test it’s commonplace the test could be 2-3 hours and in some cases in more than one session.

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – WISC IV test contains 16 subsets of the test.

There are 16 subtests on the WISC-IV test. Within each of the subtests the questions get more difficult as the child progresses through the text. The format questions on the WISC test are presented in may change too. A child’s score is determined by how far they get within each subtest before getting three in a row wrong. The scores from the various subtests are then combined to get an IQ.

The 16 subtests of the the Wechsler Test:

  • Block Design
  • Similarities
  • Digit Span
  • Picture Concepts
  • Coding
  • Vocabulary
  • Letter-Number Sequencing
  • Matrix Reasoning
  • Comprehension
  • Symbol Search
  • Picture Completion
  • Cancellation
  • Information
  • Arithmetic
  • Word Reasoning
  • Perceptual Reasoning Index provides practice questions for the concepts covered by the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and WISC test prep ideas you can use with your child.

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john says:

can someone email me some sample questions please?

pushpa says:

can we get some free sample questions for WISC IV test.

Maray says:

My son just took this test, you cannot email samples. I only saw one section, a flipbook with blocks on them to find patterns. Another one was 9 items, 3 columns, 3 rows, and find three that have something in common. The one I saw, the XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Very hard. Another thing was a similarities test. They gave me one sample question. What do XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in common? Most people say XXXXXXXXXXXX. My son said XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Hope that helps you!

(This comment has been edited by an admin to not have actual content from the test)

Karen says:

How do I find someone to give the WISC test to my child in Utah? says:

Here’s a site that lists test givers around the US.

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Denekew says:

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magalyobrien says:

How can we see the test?
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Karen says:

I have an ADHD 4th grader who will need to take the WISC IV (Wechsler Intelligence Scaled Test for Children). Practice questions would be great. Additionally, my kid is intelligent, but struggles in school, to the point of not trying very hard. I anticipate that this “shut down” pattern would extend to an intelligence test, possibly giving a poor indication of his true intelligence. How is that handled?

Jennifer says:

I have a 4th grade child who is 9 years old and struggles with math. She also has a tendency to lose focus. She has been finding math to be very difficult for the last 2 years and has participated in extra help work shops to help her. I’ve been apprehensive about having her evaluated because I don’t believe she has a learning disibility, however, I was asked to have her tested and felt that because of her struggle with math over the last few years I should move forward with the evaluation. Between extra help with math during the school year and along with a summer tutorial and working with her at home on a daily basis, I realized that the material was being absorbed but then quickly forgotten. My child maintains average grades in all other subjects except for math. FYI, an extensive evaluation can be given by the school for free. It is a long process and is a bit intrusive with information requested but in the long run very beneficial for not only the child but also the parent(s). My child has completed the testing and I have an appointment with the staff that has tested her next week. I was not thrilled to have my child tested at first, but after many days of her crying and being frustrated with the math, I knew What I had to do.

Ansley says:

Karen and Jennifer,
I am a special education teacher and all of my students have had this test administered to them. Our school psychologist who administers the test takes all of those factors into consideration. She is patient and understands that some kids are smarter than what they show in the classroom. This test doesn’t require reading or writing. It’s format seems like more of a puzzle or game than a test. All of my kids enjoyed going with her taking the tests they were required to take. There is no need to study or try to prepare. Our school psychologist would test on multiple days if the student showed signs on boredom or inattentiveness. more than likely the person testing your child will understand and have compassion so that they can get the most accurate score.

No need to worry.


rose says:

The point of an intelligence assessment is that there is no “practise” for it. It is not a measure of how well someone finds sample questions and practises before taking the test, it is a measure of an adult or child’s ability to understand and comprehend intellectually. The question really should be what is its bias culturally and or racially and will that affect my child’s score?

bilsencinar says:

Where can I get free online test WISC IV test.

Nasrin says:

Can I please get a copy of the test to see what is involved before paying someone to test my son officially. I don’t think children should be prepped or coached before hand, however it is good to see what is involved before spending the money to take the test.

Stefane says:

Hello, I personally administer the WISC and other evaluation tests in Idaho. And as others said, the point of this test is that you can NOT practice for it. It measures abilities in the general area of verbal performance, perceptual reasoning, processing speed and working memory. It then comes up with individual scores for each of these areas as well as a full scale score. Those worried about shut down: this is usually not the only measure given and the behavior while testing can be as informative as everything else. The person looking for evaluation in UTAH -U of U is the biggest spot, there also is a good place in Logan. And for those wanting to look prior to paying for the eval, I suggest going and talking to a psychologist–they will first of all let you know whether the eval is even necessary, and given you a run down of the process and the tests, without violating the private nature of the measures. Thanks all, hope I helped.

Possibly gifted child with possible learning difficulties says:

Why would anyone want their child to “practice” for this test? I want my child to have this done to see EXACTLY what areas he is experiencing difficulty as well as his strengths. To practive in my opinion would not give accurate results?

Eric says:

Just had my kid tested and was told we could not get a score due to zero’s on some areas of testing.Is this true, I DO NOT BGELIEVE HER

Leftneckgirl says:

Preparing a child to take these tests is unethical and invalidates the test results. As a school psychologist, this practice disgusts me.

Maria says:

Hello, My 7 year 0 month old daughter have done the WISC IV and I have got the result but I don’t know how to interpret it. Is anyone able to help me with that? I have received the full explanation about the test but I am not able to find a real IQ score in the result? Her scores are: Verbal Comprehension Index: 120, Perceptual Reasoning Index: 118, Working Memory Index: 133, Processing Speed index: 100, Subtests: Verbal comprehension- Similarities: 15, Vocabulary:12, Comprehension:13. Perceptual Reasoning: Block design:8, picture concepts:14, Matrix reasoning:16. Working Memory: digit span:17, Letter-Number sequencing:14. Processing Speed: Coding:12, Symbol search:8.
Total reading:119, Basic reading:126, Reading comprehension and fluency:107, written expression:118, mathematics:110, math fluency:129.
Thank you!

Kelly says:

My son just took the test and struggled with the spatial orientation of blocks component, The psychologist recommended the game Q-bitz to work on these skills. After having the game one day, he had mastered these skills!

schoolpsych says:

The sole purpose of any assessment of cognitive ability, is to provide information to a qualified group of individuals which includes strengths, weaknesses and overall critical thinking and problem solving ability, to be used in educational planning. The test is normed for the entire population of school aged children and is designed to provide you with the most accurate information possible. You are not supposed to be deceitful and cheat this test by acquiring practice questions or sample questions. You’re not supposed to expect the questions, so that the tool can measure one’s ability to process that information. IQ is predominantly influenced by genetics and exposure to literacy at an early age. In layman’s terms, if youre a dolt, which I assume you are by even looking into this website in the first place, then your kid is most likely a dolt too. Encourage them to study and work hard, thats what counts, not your lack of educating them at a young age.

Bamom says:

can someone point me in the direction how i can get help to pay for this test or tell me if i can go through the school in get it done please. My son have to take this test before he can get accepted in to a school that I think is best for him says:

You need to contact your school to determine the testing procedures they want you to do.

Sue says:

Honestly, I was extremely disappointed with the WISC test for my 4th grader. She took that test as well as a psychoeducational test. She scored very highly in the educational portion, often times exhibiting at a grade level of 8th, 9th and even 12th grade level. However, the WISC showed a 50% average IQ for general ability index and only a 25% for her full scale IQ.

Personally I think he educational testing speaks for itself. How can she score at a low end of normal for IQ yet academically score so much higher? I don’t think so. The IQ test is very subjective. If you don’t answer it exactly the way they expect, then you are wrong. When they reviewed he Q&A with us, I was flabbergasted at how difficult the questions were.

I’d precede cautiously and not waste your money!

ChildPsych says:

Giving your child items to practice will NOT be helpful to your child – if their results suggest they are gifted because you gave them questions ahead of time, then they may end up in a program that will only serve to make them feel badly about themselves, as they will struggle to live up to a misguided expectation. These tests are NOT valid if children practice – even if it’s just similar types of items and not specific questions from the test – because it’s designed for kids who have NOT deliberately been exposed to similar activities.

AB says:

I looked into this site to find out more info on the test. I was really surprised to read what “school psych” wrote. From their name, I would have expected a more professional response. And it was a great response…until the end. What is the purpose of making me feel like a “dolt?” There is nothing wrong with people wanting to learn more about the purpose of this test. I can only assume that “schoolpsych” is merely a “layman” himself. But thank you to those that explained that there is no way to prep for this. I was not aware of this.

Kristin says:

Can You point me to prep questions for WISC V?

Judith says:

@ Maria

Raw scores on each test are converted to standard scores with a mean of 10 and a standard deviation of 3. Scale scores in the Verbal battery are summed and converted to a Verbal IQ score; the same is done for the Performance scale scores which yield the Performance IQ score. In turn, the Verbal and Performance IQ scores are summed and converted to obtain the Full Scale (overall) IQ score. The Verbal, Performance, and Full Scale IQ scores are normative IQs, having a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15.
Full Scale scores beyond 130 place an individual in the superior or “gifted” range.
Scores between 120-129 are classed as “very high.”
Scores between 110-119 are “bright normal.”
Classifications of other scores are as follows: 90-109, average; 85-89, low average; 70-84, borderline mental functioning, 50-69, mild mental retardation; 35-49, moderate retardation; 20-34, severe retardation; below 20 to 25, profound retardation.

Hope this helps!

elisa angulo says:

As a teacher, we are interested in the WISC®-IV where can we find it or buy the license to apply it?

Jean says:

Why is everyone making ridiculous comments here?
First of all, commenter Maray’s comment needs to be deleted by an admin IMMEDIATELY as they have revealed confidential test items to the public which harms the validity and reliability of this test. It is extremely illegal to share the contents of any IQ/achievement/personality assessment instrument.

Finally, why are these questions and comments here and not directed toward your school psychologist!? Anyone with a child enrolled in school has a right to free evaluation by a school psychologist. Even if your child is enrolled in private/parochial school, that school is required to bring in a local school psych or pay for an outside evaluation BY LAW.
A school psychologist will administer this test. Only they and the schools they work for can purchase test kits. And they are the ones who can interpret the data.

Please stop being idiots.

Dr.Vickey says:

You are a teacher, right? And you spent many years training to be a teacher, I am sure. Well, I too was a high school teacher, of government, economics and political science. However, I decided to get masters, do a thesis in school psychology, which took another 2 years and train to give various psychometric tests. It is rather like medicine. My husband is a physician—he could not just send away for a medical bag and a stethoscope and start examining patients and thus everyone without a license in psychology cannot send away for a Wechsler test and try to use it on, especially children. Although I no longer do testing, I have since pursued a PhD in clinical psychology, however, my respect for this branch of the profession remains very strong. I also have a great respect for teachers who supported me and without whom I could not have functioned as a school psychologist.

Dixie says:

My granddaughter took the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children at her school this year. They scored her at 89. She is one of the most verbal and quick learning people I have ever known. She’s eleven. She has had been through so much emotional turmoil and is not equipped to be subjected to something like that at this time. I am very upset that it was given to her at this time in her life. That score will be in her school records for her entire school life. I am planning to take her out of school next year and teach her at home. This test is not accurate for all children and I do not think it should be given before high school.