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Frequently Asked Questions

WJ III NU Compuscore and Profiles Program

I have scored and saved dozens of tests, but I still only have one data file.
The WJ III NU Compuscore and Profiles Program is capable of storing multiple subjects in each data file. If you have never created a new data file, it will save every subject to the "WJ3.WJ3" file in your WJ III folder. To create a new data file, use the "New File" command in the WJ III Compuscore "File" menu.

The score you entered is not in the valid range for Form A. Please re-enter.
Some tests have different sets of valid entries between forms A and B. The valid entries for the number of items for each form of the test will be listed at the bottom of the screen when the cursor is placed in the box where the raw score is entered

After entering a numerical score on one of the test items that uses both a number and a letter, WJ III Compuscore will not accept the letter score associated with the number score.
The tests that WJ III Compuscore scores can trigger the inclusion of additional items, or the exclusion of some items based on the subject's responses and scores in the course of the test. Go back to the test record, and using a ruler,make sure that your subject has not triggered one of these inclusions or exclusions and that you have administered any extra items, or excluded any unwanted items. After you have performed this check, re-compute the subject's score on that test and enter it into WJ III Compuscore

What fields are required to contain information in order to produce a report?
Enter the subject's Last Name (or ID), First Name, Sex, Date of Birth, Date of Testing, and at least one test score to generate a report.

How do you change the Confidence Band?
Select Program Options from the Options menu. Select the Report Options Tab. Under the Confidence Band section select the Confidence Band you wish to use.

Can I hand-score the WJ III?
The WJ III can only be scored with the Compuscore and Profiles Program included with each kit or with the Report Writer for the WJ III, which is available separately.

Can I use the WJ III Compuscore and Profiles Program to score the WJ-R?
The WJ III NU Compuscore and Profiles Program only scores the WJIII. The WJ-R can be scored by using the WCPP, WSIP, or by hand scoring.

How do you add an Additional Score Column?
Select Program Options from the Options menu. Select the Report Options Tab. In the Additional Score Column section use the pull-down menu to select your Additional Score Column.

Can I install the WJ III Compuscore and Profiles Program on our network server?
The program is only licensed to be installed on one computer, for local use on that computer only. The program is not licensed to be installed on a network server.

Can I install the WJ III Compuscore and Profiles Program on more than one computer?
The program is  licensed to be installed on one computer only.

Unable to save record. The stories administered in Story Recall and Story Recall–Delayed must match.
If Story Recall–Delayed is administered, the stories administered in Story Recall–Delayed section must match exactly the stories administered in the Story Recall section. Check the items that have scores and Xs entered for the Story Recall section. Scores and Xs must be entered for the same items in the Story Recall–Delayed section.

Unable to save record. This is not a valid combination of scores for this test. Please re-enter.
Because a subtest is not valid in isolation, if you have skipped a section of a subtest, you cannot enter a score for a subtest that follows.

I used the "Open File" command to open a WJ III data file, but I still am looking at a blank screen. Why?
After using the "Open File" command, you must then use the "Open Subject Record" to view an individual subject's test scores.

The time you entered is not in the valid range. Please re-enter.
For test items that require the time to complete the subtest to be entered, the valid range of time will be listed at the bottom of the screen when the cursor is in the box where the time is entered.

General Report Writer Information

How is the Comprehensive Report structured?
The Comprehensive Report is dynamic and structured (and titled) differently based on the tests administered, the scores entered, and the discrepancies selected. There is not a default format for the report—it varies from report to report. Generally, Cognitive clusters are discussed first followed by Achievement clusters. Intra-Cognitive, Intra-Achievement, and Intra-Individual discrepancies are discussed in the cluster paragraphs. Ability/Achievement discrepancies (Predicted Achievement, Oral Language, GIA [Ext], GIA [Std], BIA, and Other Ability) are discussed in the "Summary" section of the report. The cluster paragraphs are reported in descending order based on cluster standard scores.

What information is required to save a subject record?
Enter the subject's Last Name (or ID), First Name, Sex, Date of Birth, and Date of Testing to save a subject record.

What information is required to print a report?
Enter the subject's Last Name (or ID), First Name, Sex, Date of Birth, Date of Testing, and at least one test score to generate a report.

What should I do if I receive an error message when I attempt to create a report?
If you attempt to create a report and you receive an error message, return to the program window, and the cursor will be in the field where the error occurred.

Why do I get this message? "This is not a valid combination of scores for this test. Please re-enter."
This message appears when all Xs have been entered in any of the following tests: Cognitive Test 19: Planning, Achievement Test 3: Story Recall, Achievement Test 4: Understanding Directions, or Achievement Test 12: Story Recall–Delayed. If you did not administer these tests, leave the corresponding fields blank.
This message may also appear if you have administered the tests, and the scores and Xs you entered are not valid combinations (please refer to the Test Record).

The score for Reading Fluency appears to be incorrect.
Please review the numbers you entered in the program for Achievement Test 2: Reading Fluency. In the first box, enter the number of items answered correctly. In the second box, enter the number of items answered incorrectly—do not include items that were skipped or were not administered. Also verify that you have entered the number of minutes (the third box) correctly.

How do I get the T score, NCE score, z-score, stanine score, or CALP-level score to appear in the "Table of Scores"?
If selected, this information can appear in the Score Report, Summary and Score Report, and the Comprehensive Report. To add a score to a report, select the Options menu, and then select Program Options. On the Report tab, go to the Additional Score Column option at the bottom of the tab, click the drop-down list (the arrow), and select the additional score from the list. The score will appear in the far right column in the "Table of Scores".

Can I select to have more than one additional score column appear in the "Table of Scores"?
You may select to show only one additional score at a time in the reports.

Why is there a dash in the raw score column for some tests?
If a test is composed of more than one test (subtests), the raw score will not appear in the report. You can print a Subject Data Record to obtain a printed copy of raw scores.

Why do dashes appear in the RPI, PR, and SS columns for some tests?
Typically, you will receive dashes because a raw score of zero has been entered for that test.

Why is Cognitive Test 10: Visual-Auditory Learning–Delayed, dimmed back?
All items for Test 2: Visual-Auditory Learning must be administered (Stories 1–7) and must be entered in the program (the letter [i.e., "E"] corresponds to the Test Stories administered). If any letter other than "E" is entered-indicating that all the items for Test 2 were not administered—Test 10: Visual-Auditory Learning–Delayed will not be available.

Where does the Delayed Recall information appear on the reports?
This information appears in the discrepancy section of the "Table of Scores". The Delayed Recall section is always last in the "Table of Scores".

Which word-processing application should I use to launch a report to a word processor?
The reports generated include sections and headings that allow the information to be presented in a professional format. When printed from the program, the reports include these sections as they appear on the screen. To maintain the Rich Text format (*.rtf) in the reports, you must launch them using Microsoft® Word. Other word-processing applications may be unable to support the proper RTF formatting when reports are launched. If, however, you want to launch reports using the plain text format (*.txt), you can use any word-processing application because plain text files include basic characters and do not retain any formatting conventions.

Mac users: I am having difficulty when I launch a report to AppleWorks
If you want to launch a report using the Rich Text format (*.rtf), you must launch it using Microsoft® Word. Other word-processing applications may not be able to support the proper RTF formatting when reports are launched. If you want to launch reports using the plain text format (*.txt), you can use any word-processing application; however, the formatting will not be retained.

Mac users: How do I enter the Time of Day?
When entering time information, use the format "HH:MM:AM" or "HH:MM:PM". Type two digits for the hour, two digits for the minute, and AM or PM to indicate the time of day the test was administered. Colons can be typed to separate the hour, minute, and time of day, or you can just type HHMMAM or HHMMPM, and the program will automatically insert the colons for you. For example, to indicate that a test was administered at 8:30 in the morning, type 08:30:AM or 0830AM, and press ENTER.

How do I enter a grade for pre-kindergarten subjects?
The lowest grade that can be entered is kindergarten (K.0)—there are no grade norms available prior to kindergarten. If the subject is in preschool, score the report based on age. The program does not require you to enter a grade if you score the subject by age. If you would like to see a grade equivalent in the reports, select AE/GE as the "Additional Score Column".

Where does Other Ability information appear in the reports?
If selected, Other Ability information can appear in the Score Report, Summary and Score Report, and the Comprehensive Report. In the Score Report, the Other Ability information appears in the "Discrepancy" section of the "Table of Scores".

In the Summary and Score Report, the Other Ability test will be referenced in the "Tests Administered" section and the "Summary" section, as well as in the discrepancy section of the "Table of Scores".

In the Comprehensive Report, the Other Ability is referenced in the "Tests Administered" section, the "Intellectual Ability" section, and in the discrepancy section of the "Table of Scores".

Note: in the Comprehensive Report, the BVAT information will appear in a separate section of the narrative report, titled "Bilingual Verbal Ability".

To use another ability score in the calculation of Ability/Achievement Discrepancies, in the report options dialog box, you must select Other Ability under the Ability/Achievement Discrepancy Basis, Intellectual Ability.

What does the Disable Concise Report option do?
For clusters with a standard score in the average range, the Comprehensive Report usually groups all average clusters into one paragraph. If you select Disable Concise Report, a paragraph will appear for each average cluster.

What does the Exclude Explanatory Paragraph option do?
This option only affects the Comprehensive Report and removes the introductory paragraph under the "Tests Administered" section (the list of tests that were administered still appears, but no paragraph will appear beneath them).

If I enter checklist information only (no test scores), can I print a report?
You must enter at least one test score to generate a report; you cannot generate a report based on checklist information only.