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Essentials of WISC-V Assessment. Essentials of Psychological Assessment

  • ID: 3765270
  • Book
  • April 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 656 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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- Complete coverage of administration, scoring, and interpretation with numerous supporting appendices available online
- Use of WISC–V in SLD Identification, neuropsychological assessment, and evaluation of English learners
- Comprehensive case reports, guidance on interpreting results using the Cross–Battery Assessment Software System (X–BASS), and advice on linking assessment results to interventions

A comprehensive review of the knowledge and skills needed to administer, score and interpret the new WISC®–V Assessment

Written by Dawn P. Flanagan and Vincent C. Alfonso two experts in assessment Essentials of WISC®–V Assessment offers practitioners step–by–step guidance for administering, scoring, and interpreting the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC–V). The WISC–V is the world's most widely–used intelligence test for children and offers a tool for identifying children with intellectual disabilities and specific learning disabilities, as well as those who are gifted. Essentials of WISC–V Assessment is filled with practical suggestions for accurate assessment and contains illustrative, real–world case studies. In addition, this vital resource contains sample reports that show how WISC–V results are interpreted and reported using the Cross–Battery Assessment Software System (X–BASS) and linked to interventions that facilitate positive outcomes for children.

The companion software and a wealth of informative appendices that are available online facilitate WISC–V interpretation and assist the user in understanding test performance. As with all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy practitioners and school psychologists quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need. The chapters feature numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions to help reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series:

- Essentials of Assessment Report Writing
- Essentials of Processing Assessment
- Essentials of WIAT®–III and KTEA–3 Assessment
- Essentials of WJ IV® Tests of Achievement Assessment
- Essentials of WPPSI–IV Assessment
- Essentials of Cross–Battery Assessment, Third Edition
- Essentials of Executive Functioning Assessment
- Essentials of WMS®–IV Assessment
- Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification
- Essentials of Evidence–Based Academic Interventions

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Series Preface


Susie Engi Raiford, PhD; Pearson Clinical Assessment; San Antonio, Texas

Chapter 1: Overview of the WISC–V

W. Joel Schneider, Ph.D.; Dawn P. Flanagan, Ph.D.; and Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D.

From Prediction to Prevention

From Explanation to Enduring Empathy

General Trends in Intelligence Test Interpretation

Why the History of the Wechsler Scales Matters

Description of the WISC–V

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Chapter Two: How to Administer the WISC–V

Appropriate Testing Conditions

Rapport with Examinee

Testing Individuals with Special Needs

Administration Considerations

Rules for Starting and Discontinuing Subtests

Recording Responses



Subtest–By–Subtest Rules of Administration of the WISC–V Primary Subtests

Subtest–by–Subtest Rules of Administration of the WISC–V Secondary & Complementary Subtests

Frequently Asked Questions: Subtest Administration

Test Yourself


Chapter 3: How to Score the WISC–V

Types of Scores

Step–by–Step: How the WISC–V is Scored

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Chapter 4: How to Interpret The WISC–V

Getting Started

WISC–V Interpretation Step–by–Step


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Chapter 5: Strengths and Weaknesses of the WISC–V

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Chapter 6: A Neuropsychological Approach to Interpretation of the WISC–V

George McCloskey, Ph.D.; Jamie Slonim; Robert Whitaker, Psy.S. NCSP, ABSNP; Samantha Kaufman; Naoko Nagoshi, Ph.D.


Levels of Interpretation

Neuropsychological Interpretation of WISC–V Performance

WISC–V Complementary Subtests


Test Yourself


Chapter 7: Use of the WISC–V in the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

The Dual Discrepancy/Consistency Operational Definition of SLD

Using X–BASS for SLD Identification: Three Steps to PSW Output

PSW–A Data Summary

PSW–A g–Value Data Summary

Dual Discrepancy/Consistency Model: PSW Analyses for SLD


Test Yourself


Chapter 8: Illustrative Case Report

Erin M. McDonough, Ph.D.

Psycho–Educational Evaluation Report

Chapter 9: Assessment of English Learners with the WISC–V

Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.; Kristan E. Melo, M.S.; Meghan A. Opperman, B.A.


Fairness, Bias, and Traditional Assessment Approaches

A Recommended Best Practice Approach

Best Practices in the Evaluation of ELs with the WISC–V

Case Study: Jose Maria


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Chapter 10: WISC–V and Q–interactive

Carlea Dries, M.A., M.Ed., N.C.C.; Ron Dumont, Ed.D., NCSP; Kathleen D. Viezel, Ph.D., NCSP


Digital Platform





Training and Tech Support


Security and Legal Issues

Considerations for University Trainers


Overall Impressions and Recommendations

Test Yourself


Epilogue: Dorothea McCarthy Remembered

Alan S. Kaufman, Ph.D.


Appendix A: A Brief Overview of the Cattell–Horn–Carroll (CHC) Theory

Appendix B: Norms Tables for New Clinical Composites

Appendix C: Case Reports

Gail Cheramie, Ph.D.; Jamie Chaffin, Ed.D.; Robert Lichtenstein, Ph.D.

Comprehensive Evaluation

Psychoeducational Report

Psychoeducational Assessment Report

Appendix D: Form for Manifestations of Cognitive Weaknesses

Appendix E: Definition of Terms and Clarification of Concepts Used in the DD/C Definition and X–BASS

Appendix F: Task Characteristics of WISC–V Subtests

Appendix G: Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the WISC–V Subtests

Verbal Comprehension Domain Subtests

Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Subtests

Cognitive Capacities Assessed with the Working Memory Subtests and the Arithmetic and Immediate Symbol Translation Subtests

Cognitive Constructs assessed with the Processing Speed Subtests

Cognitive Constructs assessed with the Naming Speed Subtests

Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the Symbol Translation Tasks

Appendix H: Behavior Observations and Process–oriented Assessment at the Subtest, Item, and Cognitive Construct Levels

Verbal Comprehension Subtests

Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Subtests

Working Memory Domain and Arithmetic and Symbol Translation Subtests

Processing Speed Subtests

Naming Speed Subtests

Appendix I: Cluster Analysis Interpretation

Steps for Completing Subtest Cluster Analyses

Verbal Comprehension Clinical Clusters and Cluster Contrasts

Verbal Comprehension Clinical Cluster Contrasts

Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Clinical Clusters and Cluster Contrasts

Fluid Reasoning/Visual Spatial Clinical Cluster Contrasts

Working Memory Clinical Clusters and Clinical Cluster Contrasts

Appendix J: Subtest and Process Score Comparison Worksheets

Appendix K: CBRS Scores

Appendix L: Cross–Battery Assessment Software System (X–BASS): Dual–Discrepancy/Consistency Model: PSW Results for Amanda Farris

Appendix M: Factors That May Facilitate Learning and Aid in Bypassing or Minimizing the Effects of Deficits

About the Authors


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Dawn P. Flanagan
Vincent C. Alfonso
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