WNV or WISC-V
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
What IQ do you recommend giving a 7-2 year old first grade student in
the public school system. The school wants cognitive testing and I am
unsure of whether to give the WNV or WISC-V using the IPAD feature??
Thanks for your time!
The Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability (WNV) is a nonverbal measure of
ability for individuals for whom English is not their first language, or
have other language considerations (e.g., hearing impaired, expressive
language disorder, receptive language disorder etc. ), and gifted
individuals from linguistically diverse populations. It is particularly
valuable for use in schools with individuals from multiple language
The WISC-V is the most current version of the Wechsler's Intelligence
Test series, an updated version of the WISC-IV. It takes a shorter time
- 48–65 minutes to administer and generates a Full Scale IQ, which
represents a child's general intellectual ability. It also provides five
primary index scores (i.e., Verbal Comprehension Index, Visual Spatial
Index, Fluid Reasoning Index, Working Memory Index, and Processing Speed
Index) that represent a child's abilities in more discrete cognitive
domains. Five ancillary composite scores can be derived from various
combinations of primary or primary and secondary subtests. Five
complementary subtests yield three complementary composite scores to
measure related cognitive abilities relevant to assessment and
identification of learning problems.
The WNV and the WISC are clearly different tests for different purposes.
I believe the WISC-V would be more suitable for cognitive testing. Do
speak to the school if your child has a verbal concern or is non-English
speaking. Good luck!