The Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT)
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
How is the scoring and interpretation of Wide Range Intelligence Test?
I am not very familiar with this test but I will attempt to advise. The
Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT) consists of a battery of four tests
of cognitive ability that is; vocabulary (a traditional word definition
task), verbal analogies (a fast-paced verbal-reasoning task), visual
matrices (a traditional matrix task assessing visual-spatial reasoning
and abstract visual-perceptual relationships), and diamonds (a spatial
constructional task using diamond-shaped chips to duplicate two- and
three-dimensional figures). Two of the subtests assess
verbal-crystallized abilities (vocabulary and verbal analogies), which
are more dependent on acquired knowledge, and two measure
nonverbal-fluid abilities (visual matrices and diamond), which are
environmentally and culturally reduced This is an individually
administered test that can be completed in 20-30 minutes and yields a
Verbal Reasoning IQ, a Visual Reasoning IQ, and a Composite IQ. It
covers all age ranges from 4 to 85, providing measures of crystallized
and fluid intelligence.
The scoring should be similar with other intelligence tests. As with
other tests, there are raw scores (the standard scores), percentile
(percentage of score) and performance description (low average – high
average). To interpret the scores, you would first need to examine all
of the subset standard scores to determine strengths or weaknesses.
E.g., if a performance description indicates “very low”, it would need
significant attention. Based on the four subsets, there would be a
verbal and visual score, which is a composite score. Thus, these scores
would be affected by extreme scores, which affect the final IQ score
Extreme low scores may indicate a learning disability. The WRIT has been
used to look for extreme scores that indicate dyslexia. In addition,
WRIT was co-normed with the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) to help
psychologists make valid comparisons between intellectual and academic
Hope that helps.