Composite Score and Percentile Rank on K-BIT-2 and KTEA
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son took KBIT-2 & KTEA test at age 7. The results are interpreted in
percentile rank. Can you help me understand it please.
KTEA: reading:99.9%, math 75%
KBIT-2: verbal 99.5%, non verbal 63%, iq composite if 96%.
When I trued to look up all the scores are in composite numbers but we
were provided with percentile rank scale. Thanks.
The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (K-BIT 2) is used to
measure verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. It is used to obtain a
quick estimate of intelligence, estimate an individual's verbal versus
nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to identify students who may
benefit from enrichment or gifted programs. Additionally, this test is
also able to identify high-risk children through large-scale screening
who may require a more comprehensive evaluation. So, briefly, it serves
the purpose to provide a relatively quick and accurate estimate of
abilities; and to identify students who may benefit from gifted or
This test is developed by leading cognitive ability experts Alan and
Nadeen Kaufman, therefore, it is assumed that this test provides highly
valid, reliable results and is useful for a broad range of purposes.
With the test package, a scoring and administrative manual is provided,
so it is quite easy to use the materials. Hence, scores given by the
school is accurate based on the correct use of the scoring manual.
Having said that, the teacher in charge of the test should at least have
good knowledge on the principles of measurement and in the
administration and interpretation of tests. [Note: This test is
researched to have a rather high correlation with the Wechsler tests
(Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence - WASI, Wechsler Intelligence
Scale for Children - WISC and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale -
The Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA-II) is
an individually administered battery that gives you a flexible, thorough
assessment of the key academic skills in reading, math, written
language, and oral language.
Based on a mean of 100 and standard deviation of 15, a composite score
of about 85-115 should be within the average range on a bell curve for
the K-BIT-2. IQ scores may be expressed in a percentile, which is not
the same as percentage scores, and a common reason for the
misunderstanding of IQ test scores. Percentile is most commonly found on
intelligence and achievement test scores. It refers to other test
takers' scores that an individual equals or exceeds. This means if the
child scored 99 percentile, he did better or at par with 99 percent of
other test takers in the same group (age). Percentile indicates what
percent of the subjects scored below this child. Gifted students often
score in the 98th or 99th percentile.
In your son's case, he scored very high on reading (KTEA) and verbal
(KBIT). His IQ score is also high - he scored higher or at par with 96
percent of the test takers in his age group. The conversion from
composite scores to percentiles is done by referring to a table of
pre-calculated percentiles (usually using the z-score).
Hope that helps and here's wishing you the very best!