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ERIC Number: EJ803245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Test Review: Wechsler, D. (2005). "Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children--Four Edition Spanish." San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation
Clinton, Amanda
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v25 n3 p285-292 2007
In this article, the author reviews the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children--Four Edition Spanish (WISC-IV Spanish), an individually administered measure of intelligence for Spanish-speaking children who are English language learners and relatively new to American culture. The WISC-IV Spanish, like its English counterpart, the WISC-IV, is composed of three types of subtests: (1) core; (2) supplemental; and (3) optional. The 10 core subtests make respective contributions to the Verbal Comprehension (VCI), Perceptual Reasoning (PRI), Working Memory (WMI), and Processing Speed (PSI) Indices, as well as the Full Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ), or overall intellectual ability estimate. Unlike other Wechsler scales, the WISC-IV Spanish does not include a General Ability Index (GAI). However, because the GAI is composed of VCI and PRI subtests, its use could be limited with a second-language population because of verbal confounds. The test is described in the manual as being useful in the assessment of general cognitive functioning, intellectual giftedness, mental retardation, and comprehensive educational or neuropsychological evaluations designed to profile strengths and weaknesses. Authors further report that the WISC-IV Spanish can contribute to treatment planning and placement decisions in both school and clinical settings. The author finds the WISC-IV Spanish to be a generally reliable and valid measure of overall intelligence and more specific cognitive processes. It is user-friendly in construction and provides norms for an important population of schoolchildren in the United States. Given the need for Spanish-language measures appropriate for the children immigrating from families of Latin American origin, the WISC-IV Spanish makes an important contribution to the assessment tools available to psychologists.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children