Woodcock Johnson Brief Achievement Testing, Speed and Scores
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My 3.5 year old daughter was tested with the Woodcock Johnson Brief
Achievement test to see if she will score high enough to get into PRE-K
4. My other daughter tested last year, was in the testing room for 25
minutes or so and scored a 98. This year, my second daughter was only in
there for 13 minutes. Is there a correlation between time and scores?
Also, can the test be wrong? My second child is extremely verbal and has
been for a while. She also has an incredible ability to problem solve
but she cant write her name. Does the Woodcock test for different things
like that? To me they seem immeasurable! Any response would be very much
Thank you kindly.
The Woodcock-Johnson Brief Battery provides reliable and valid tests of
the nine key academic areas. It introduces a discrete set of items,
clusters, test records, and interpretive procedures that provide
solutions for brief and focused achievement assessment. This test can be
administered between 15 to 45 minutes generally but varies based on the
number of subtests given usually based on the child's ability and
chronological age. Approximately 5 minutes per subtest.
Your first child was within the time range in answering the questions,
however, it appears that your second child managed to complete the test
very quickly. The test measures a child's ability to answer correctly
the test item. There is no direct correlation between time and test
score per se. Because this test is non-bracketed, which means that a
child can rise to his or her ability, rather than being confined to
questions at their chronological grade level. Each child is assessed
using the material appropriate to age and level of accomplishment,
working toward higher material until s/he answers incorrectly 3-6
consecutive items, depending on the subtest. Your child may have
completed very quickly either because she was able to answer very
quickly or the items were answered incorrectly 3-6 time consecutively.
Her results would be able to clarify this.
This is an achievement test – it will test what a child has been exposed
to and learnt in academic areas. For verbal and problem solving skills,
an intelligence test may do greater justice to gauge innate ability.
Hope that helps. All the best!