Selective Testing with the WJ III Normative Update Tests of Cognitive Abilities

With many different tests available for measuring cognitive abilities, a distinguishing feature of the WJ III NU Tests of Cognitive Abilities is the time-saving flexibility available with selective testing. Selective testing allows the examiners to administer only those tests related to specific areas of concern, rather than an entire battery. The tables outline the subsets of cognitive tests that need be administered for the type of measurement outcome desired.

  Interpretive Cluster Tests Included Measures
Intellectual Ability Brief Intellectual Ability (BIA) Verbal Comprehension
Concept Formation
Visual Matching
Brief measure of measure general intellectual ability (g)
Intellectual Ability General Intellectual Ability–Standard (GIA-STD Verbal Comprehension
Visual-Auditory Learning
Spatial Relations
Sound Blending
Concept Formation
Visual Matching
Numbers Reversed
Standard measure of general intellectual ability (g)
Intellectual Ability General Intellectual Ability–Extended (GIA-EXT) GIA-STD tests plus:
General Information
Retrieval Fluency
Picture Recognition
Auditory Attention
Analysis Synthesis
Decision Speed
Memory for Words
Extended measure of general intellectual ability (g)
Intellectual Ability General Intellectual Ability–Early Development (GIA-EDev)DS Verbal Comprehension
Visual Matching
Incomplete Words
Memory for Names
Visual Closure
Memory for Sentences
Measure of general intellectual ability for use with preschool children and individuals with severe developmental delays
Intellectual Ability General Intellectual Ability–Bilingual (GIA-Bil)DS Verbal Comprehension
Spatial Relations
Concept Formation
Visual Matching
Numbers Reversed
Memory for Names
Sound Patterns–Voice
Bilingual Verbal Comprehension–
English/Spanish
Measure of general intellectual ability for use with English-dominant bilingual individuals
Intellectual Ability Broad Cognitive Ability– Low Verbal (BCA-LV)DS Spatial Relations
Concept Formation
Visual Matching
Numbers Reversed
Memory for Names
Sound Patterns–Voice
Measure of broad cognitive ability designed to minimize expressive and receptive verbal requirements
Cognitive Categories Verbal Ability–Standard Verbal Comprehension Measure of language development that includes the comprehension of individual words and the comprehension of relationships among words
Cognitive Categories Verbal Ability–Extended Verbal Comprehension General Information Broad measure of language-based acquisition knowledge and the ability to communicate that knowledge
Cognitive Categories Thinking Ability–Standard Visual-Auditory Learning
Spatial Relations
Sound Blending
Concept Formation
Brief sampling of different thinking processes that may be used when information in the short-term memory cannot be processed automatically
Cognitive Categories Thinking Ability–Extended Thinking Ability–Standard tests plus:
Retrieval Fluency
Picture Recognition
Auditory Attention
Analysis-Synthesis
Broad measure of the abilities used when information in the short-term memory cannot be processed automatically
Cognitive Categories Cognitive Efficiency–Standard Visual Matching
Numbers Reversed
Sampling of two different factors of automatic cognitive processing: processing speed and short-term memory
Cognitive Categories Cognitive Efficiency–Extended All Cognitive Efficiency–Standard tests plus:
Decision Speed
Memory for Words
Broad measure of two different factors of automatic cognitive processing: processing speed and short-term memory
CHC Factors Comprehension-Knowledge (Gc) Verbal Comprehension
General Information
Measure of breadth and depth of acquired knowledge, ability to communicate knowledge, and ability to reason using previously learned experiences
CHC Factors Long-Term Retrieval (Glr) Visual Auditory Learning
Retrieval Fluency
Measure of the ability to store information and fluently retrieve it later in the process of thinking
CHC Factors Visual-Spatial Thinking (Gv) Spatial Relations
Picture Recognition
Measure of the ability to perceive, analyze, synthesize, and think with visual patterns, including the ability to store and recall visual representations
CHC Factors Auditory Processing (Ga) Sound Blending
Auditory Attention
Measure of the ability to analyze, synthesize, and discriminate auditory stimuli, including processing and discriminating under distorted conditions
CHC Factors Fluid Reasoning (Gf) Concept Formation
Analysis-Synthesis
Broad measure of the ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems, using unfamiliar information or novel procedures
CHC Factors Processing Speed (Gs) Visual Matching
Decision Speed
Measure of the ability to perform automatic cognitive tasks, particularly when measured under pressure to maintain focus
CHC Factors Short-Term Memory (Gsm) Numbers Reversed
Memory for Words
Measure of the ability to apprehend and hold information in immediate awareness and then use it within a few seconds
Clinical Clusters Phonemic Awareness Sound Blending
Incomplete Words
Measure of the knowledge and skills related to analyzing and synthesizing speech sounds
Clinical Clusters Working Memory Numbers Reversed
Auditory Working Memory
Measure of the ability to hold information in immediate awareness while performing a mental operation on the information
Clinical Clusters Broad Attention Numbers Reversed
Auditory Working Memory
Auditory Attention
Pair Cancellation
Measure of focused attention, sustained attention, divided attention, and working memory
Clinical Clusters Cognitive Fluency Retrieval Fluency
Decision Speed
Rapid Picture Naming
Measure of the ease and speed with which an individual performs cognitive tasks
Clinical Clusters Executive Processes Concept Formation
Planning
Pair Cancellation
Measure of three aspects of executive functioning: strategic planning, proactive inference control, and the ability to repeatedly shift one’s mental set
Clinical Clusters Delayed Recall Visual-Auditory Learning–Delayed
Story Recall–Delayed (from Achievement Battery)
Measure of the ability to recall and relearn associations that were previously learned
Clinical Clusters Knowledge General Information
General Knowledge (from Achievement Battery)
Measure of general information and curricular knowledge
Broad CHC Visual-Spatial Thinking 3 (Gv3)DS Spatial Relations
Picture Recognition
Visual Closure
Similar to the measure of Visual-Spatial Thinking (Gv), Visual-Spatial Thinking 3 (Gv3) adds a measure of the ability to identify an object from incomplete visual stimuli (closure speed)
Broad CHC Fluid Reasoning 3 (Gf3)DS Concept Formation
Analysis-Synthesis
Number Matrices
Similar to the measure of Fluid Reasoning (Gf), Fluid Reasoning 3 (Gf3) adds quantitative reasoning to specific measures for the narrow abilities of inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning
Narrow CHC Clusters Numerical ReasoningDS Number Series
Number Matrices
Measure of the ability to reason with mathematical concepts involving the relationships and properties of numbers
Narrow CHC Clusters Associative MemoryDS Visual-Auditory Learning
Memory for Names
Measure of the ability to store and retrieve associations
Narrow CHC Clusters Associative Memory–DelayedDS Visual-Auditory Learning–Delayed
Memory for Names–Delayed
Measure of the ability to recall associations that were previously learned
Narrow CHC Clusters VisualizationDS Spatial Relations
Block Rotation
Measure of the ability to envision objects and patterns in space by perceiving how the object would appear if it were presented in an altered form
Narrow CHC Clusters Sound DiscriminationDS Sound Patterns–Voice
Sound Patterns–Music
Measure of the ability to distinguish between pairs of voicelike musical sound patterns
Narrow CHC Clusters Auditory Memory SpanDS Memory for Words
Memory for Sentences
Measure of the ability to listen and then immediately recall sequentially ordered information after one presentation
Narrow CHC Clusters Perceptual SpeedDS Visual Matching
Cross Out
Measure of the ability to rapidly scan and compare visual symbols

DS = This cluster requires administration of the Diagnostic Supplement to the WJ III NU Tests of Cognitive Abilities