: Intelligence Testing ­ Interpreting a Wechsler Profile

Intelligence Testing ­ Interpreting a Wechsler Profile

In this assignment, you will examine a hypothetical Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)

test profile and describe the strengths and weaknesses you would expect to observe in the examinee

during a typical school day.

Learning to competently administer, score and interpret intelligence tests such as the Wechsler and

Stanford­Binet Scales requires months (if not years) of supervised training at the graduate level. This

assignment is not designed to teach you how to interpret tests; completion of this assignment will

not make you more qualified to administer, score and/or interpret actual intelligence tests. Rather, the

purpose of this assignment is to familiarize you with very basic concepts and procedures underlying

the use of intelligence test scores.

Directions

Examine Dominic’s WISC scores, presented below.

• Examinee: Dominic G.

• Age: 10

• Grade: 5

WECHSLER INTELLIGENCE SCALE FOR CHILDREN – III (WISC­III)

VERBAL SCALES PERFORMANCE SCALES

Scale Score Scale Score

Information 13 Picture Completion 13

Comprehension 6 Picture Arrangement 7

Arithmetic 11 Block Design 13

Similarities 6 Object Assembly 12

Vocabulary 14 Coding 6

Scaled Score Sum 50 Scaled Score Sum 51

VERBAL IQ 100 PERFORMANCE IQ 102

FULL SCALE IQ = 101

Answer the following questions and enter your responses on the answer sheet provided.

1. What appear to be Dominic’s strongest skills or abilities?

2. During a typical day at school, on what tasks does Dominic probably excel?

3. What appear to be Dominic’s weakest skills or abilities?

4. During a typical day at school, what tasks are probably most challenging for Dominic?

5. If you were Dominic’s teacher, how might you create an optimal learning environment for him

Assignment Grading Criteria

This assignment will be graded on the following criteria.

1. Identified the students’ strengths and abilities as presented by the scores on the instrument.

2. Defined how the student’s identified strengths and abilities impact daily performance within the

classroom.

3. Identified the students’ weaknesses and weakest abilities as presented by the scores on the

instrument.

4. Defined how the student’s identified weakest skills and abilities impact daily performance within

the classroom.

5. Created an individualized learning plan outlining the optimal strategy for supporting the student’s

educational needs.

Interpreting a Wechsler Profile

Answer Sheet

Question Response

What appear to be Dominic’s strongest skills or abilities?

During a typical day at school, on what tasks does Dominic probably excel?

What appear to be Dominic’s weakest skills or abilities?

During a typical day at school, what tasks are probably most challenging for Dominic?

If you were Dominic’s teacher, how might you create an optimal learning environment for him?

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