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ERIC Number: EJ911247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Test Review: C. D. Elliott "Differential Ability Scales-Second Edition." San Antonio, TX--Harcourt Assessment, 2007
Marshall, Stephanie; McGoey, Kara E.; Moschos, Susan
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v29 n1 p89-93 Feb 2011
This article presents a review of the Differential Ability Scales-Second Edition (DAS-II), an individually administered cognitive test battery, designed to evaluate children ages 2 years 6 months to 17 years 11 months. It purports to measure a hierarchy of cognitive abilities, including broad abilities contributing to a single cognitive factor (g), clusters of skills (i.e. verbal, nonverbal reasoning, and spatial), and a variety of homogeneous diagnostic subtests. Designed for both classification and to identify within-person strengths and needs, the DAS-II is theoretically based on a hierarchical view of mental abilities, representing a range of cognitive theories but with clear reference to the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory. The DAS-II measures a range of types of ability, as opposed to one specific theory of human cognition. The test is designed to measure an individual's general conceptual and reasoning ability, along with specific and diverse abilities, to determine strengths and weaknesses of cognitive functioning. The DAS-II assesses the populations intended by the authors and has been extended to include younger and older children (based on ability), and children who have speech/language impairments, or are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The DAS-II allows for quick administration and engaging materials that make it especially appealing to young children. Examiners may find the scoring procedures to be tedious; however, the computerized scoring assistant may help with this issue. Overall, the DAS-II may provide a user friendly, time efficient measure of general cognitive ability that proves useful in the context of a full psychoeducational battery of assessment measures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: British Ability Scales