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K-BIT 2 and K-TEA II Score Range

By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D


Q: \My son is 12 years, 5 months old. He recently completed KBIT-2 and KTEA II testing. His scores are:

KBIT-2
Verbal 95
Nonverbal 192
IQ Composite 96

KTEA II
Math 87
Reading 73
Writing 73
Battery Composite 81

Cog-At Raw Score
Non-verbal 91
Quantitative 91
Verbal 96

I am having trouble locating a classification rating chart for these tests and am wondering where he falls. Thank you!

A: 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 programmes. 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 enrichment programmes.

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, your son scored average at 96 points (about 85-115 should be within the average range on a bell curve) for the K-BIT-2. The Standard Scores range from 40 to 160. There is a very large discrepancy between his verbal and non-verbal scores and this may be a concern of a possible learning disability. He would probably need a more comprehensive test. Get some help here.

For the KTEA-II, typically scores between 90-109 are the Average range and consist of the level of skills acquired by most children. 100 is the Mean and any score furthest from 100 either way the score indicates either above or below average. Refer to the table below for KTEA-II:

Standard Scaled Classification
131+ 17+ Upper Extreme
116 - 130 14 - 16 Above Average
85 - 115 7 - 13 Average
70 - 84 4 - 6 Below Average
69 and below 3 and below Lower Extreme

In the case of your son, it appears that he scored in the Below Average range; however just about Average for Math.

I would seek help with the interpretation of the scores especially since there may be a case of a learning concern here. Speak to someone from the school for further help in interpreting the results. Good luck!


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