Large Discrepancy Between Verbal And Performance Scores in WASI
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
What does it mean when the verbal score is 25 points higher than the performance score on the WASI? (Verbal was 144, Performance was 119) Is this usual?
Based on your scores, it appears that you have Superior verbal IQ and
High Average for performance. However, the gap is rather large (and not
common) and this could indicate a specific learning disability that is
nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD). If one has difficulties with fine
motor skills, this could happen as well.
However, this is not sufficient to firmly conclude an NVLD diagnosis, in
the absence of all the other factor. A more comprehensive evaluation is
necessary (neuropsychology assessment).
Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI) is a quick measure of
intelligence in clinical, educational, and research settings that yields
Verbal, Performance, Full Scale IQ scores. It gives a quick estimate of
scores but not sufficient for an in-depth analysis. You may want to
consider the WISC-IV or WISC-V for a more comprehensive evaluation of
In any case, the scores above shows above average ability for both
areas. It is advisable that you see the examiner for further
interpretation. WASI Anyone except the examiner cannot draw concrete
conclusions, but may only raise suspicions for further investigation.