General Information

The WJ III NU 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. The test-by-test observation checklist facilitates the documentation of qualitative test session observations important for interpreting testing performance and strategies. The Brief Battery may be administered by a wide variety of personnel, which increases the practicality of implementing an individually administered and normreferenced assessment system. The Brief Battery Test Book also contains step-by-step instructions for administering and scoring each test. The Examiner's Manual provides a sequence of steps for learning how to administer and score the tests.



The first three tests in the Brief Battery are particularly useful screening tests. They are efficient to administer and produce a Brief Achievement cluster score. Each test has a simple 0/1 scoring procedure and does not require use of an audio recording.


The Brief Battery is also useful for special education reevaluations when a brief, but valid and reliable, measure of one or more academic areas is needed. It contains new items for the most frequently used nine core tests in the WJ III NU Tests of Achievement. Using the Brief Battery for reevaluations reduces repeated exposure to the items on either Form A or B.

Progress Monitoring

WJ III NU is now the only individual achievement assessment system to offer three forms (A, B, C) with the same core tests to administer, each with its own discrete item set. This helps minimize potential content practice effects when measuring growth and makes it ideal for progress monitoring two to three times per year.


The Brief Battery selective testing table below shows the tests that are included in each cluster. The test for the Brief Achievement cluster can be administered in less than 15 minutes. The Brief Reading and Brief Math clusters typically require about 10 minutes of testing time each. The Brief Writing cluster can be administered in about 20 minutes. The complete Brief Battery can be administered in 30 to 45 minutes.

Scoring and Interpretation

The WJ III NU Compuscore and Profiles Program is included with each Brief Battery kit. Optional student score-related interventions can be added through the Woodcock Interpretation and Instructional Interventions Program™ and Form C Bundle. It provides several interpretive options, including Brief Reading, Brief Math, and Brief Writing clusters which are each made up of two tests. When the first six tests in the Brief Battery are administered, the Intra-Achievement Variation Procedure (Brief) provides an analysis of relative strengths and weaknesses among the three achievement domains.

Two focused cluster score variation procedures are also included in the Brief Battery. These procedures-the Intra-Achievement Variation Procedure (Brief) and the Intra-Achievement Variation Procedure (Broad)-allow the examiner to identify relative strengths and weaknesses among reading, math, and writing clusters by administering as few as six tests. When all nine tests in the battery are administered, the Broad Reading, Broad Math, and Broad Written Language clusters are available. These clusters are used in the Intra- Achievement Variation Procedure (Broad).

Technical Information

Technical information for the Brief Battery is based on the new Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update. This unprecedented step to release updated norms well in advance of revised test editions includes a recalculation of the normative data based on the projected 2005 U.S. census statistics. 8,782 subjects were selected for inclusion.