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Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition: Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (WISC-V A&NZ)

David Wechsler

Measure a child's intellectual ability

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Technical Information

Age range: Children aged 6:0 16:11

Qualification level: C

Year: 2016

Administration time: Core subtests: 60 minutes

Administration type: Individual; Q-interactive - administration and scoring, Q-global scoring and reporting, or manual scoring

Introducing the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®–Fifth Edition, the latest version of the most proven trusted cognitive ability measure ever. Available in both a paper-and-pencil format and a digital format on Q-interactive®, the WISC–V delivers more flexibility and more content. It has been redesigned to give you a truly comprehensive picture of a child's abilities and it includes notable improvements to make identifying the issues—and finding the solutions—faster and easier, without sacrificing the Wechsler gold standard of excellence.


Technical Information


Content & Administration

The WISC–V gives you flexibility and interpretive power, along with access to more subtests, so you get a broader view of a child's cognitive abilities. An expanded factor structure provides new and separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composites for all ages.

New Primary Subtests

Three new primary subtests extend the content coverage of the WISC-V and increase its practical application.

  • Visual Puzzles is a new Visual Spatial subtest that measures the ability to analyse and synthesise information

  • Figure Weights is a new Fluid Reasoning subtest that measures quantitative reasoning and induction

  • Picture Span is a new Working Memory subtest that measures visual working memory

Expanded and Updated Factor Structure

The test structure includes new and separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composites for greater interpretive clarity and a variety of levels of composites for interpretive options.

WISC-V Framework

WISC-V Framework

Features & Benefits

More efficient and user-friendly

The WISC–V increases construct coverage without increasing testing time. So, you get a more efficient, developmentally appropriate measure– and still have time to assess other domains of interest.

  • Efficiently produce all primary index scores

  • Significantly reduced testing time to obtain the FSIQ

  • Simplified instructions with reduced vocabulary level, shorter discontinue rules, and refined scoring criteria

  • Five primary index scores, the FSIQ as well as three of the five ancillary index scores can be obtained through the ten primary subtests

More interpretive power

  • WISC–V provides statistical links to the WIAT-III, to support more flexible evaluation of specific learning disabilities and two major approaches to specific learning disability identification: pattern of strengths and weaknesses analyses and ability-achievement discrepancy analyses

  • Expanded score analysis approach highlights index- and subtest-level strength and weaknesses analyses

  • Separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composite scores results in greater interpretive clarity

  • Selection of process scores has been greatly expanded to enhance the depth of interpretation and understanding of performance

Updated psychometric properties

  • Updated normative sample standardized on Australian and New Zealand children aged 6:0–16:11 

  • Normative sample stratified to match current Australian and New Zealand census data based on gender, ethnicity, parent education level, and geographic region for each age group

  • Strong subtest floors and ceilings facilitate accurate measurement at the extremes of cognitive ability

  • Comparable or improved reliability for subtest and composite scores

Updated studies

  • Updated special group studies

  • Updated validity studies with other measures including WISC–IV, WPPSI–IV, WAIS–IV, WIAT–III, KTEA-3, Vineland-II, and BASC-2 

  • Expanded validity evidence for the Q-interactive version, including construct validity studies and equivalence of Q-interactive and paper/pencil formats, and special group studies to examine patterns of performance of children from frequently-tested populations

Users & Applications

Psychologists working in schools, clinics, hospitals, universities and forensics can use the WISC–V for diverse applications such as:

  • identifying intellectual disabilities, 

  • identifying and diagnosing learning disabilities/disorders,

  • evaluating of cognitive processing strengths and weaknesses,

  • assessing for giftedness, and

  • assessing the impact of brain injuries

For further information about the WISC-V A&NZ digital, go to www.helloq.com.au/wisc-v


WISC-V A&NZ 2-Day Training

The two WISC-V A&NZ (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th Edition) workshops offer attendees the option to attend one or both days.

Day 1 is a WISC-V A&NZ introduction focusing on the administration, scoring and basic interpretation of the WISC-V A&NZ
Day 2 focuses on the clinical use and more in depth interpretation of the WISC-V A&NZ

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Getting started on Coviu with WISC-V A&NZ 
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Improving your assessment experience with WISC-V A&NZ on Q-interactive
Join this webinar for an overview of the WISC-V A&NZ on Q-interactive, the digital iPad based platform that will improve the assessment experience for you and your clients.
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Introduction to the WISC-V A&NZ
Essential information for practitioners wishing to learn more about the use and interpretation of the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition (WISC-V) A&NZ. This session will review changes from the WISC-IV to WISC-V, and discuss how the WISC-V was developed and standardised for the Australian/NZ context. 
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WISC-V A&NZ on the iPad! Q Interactive
Join this webinar for an overview of the new WISC-V A&NZ on Q-interactive, the digital iPad based platform that will improve the assessment experience for you and your clients.
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Using the WISC-V & WIAT-III to diagnose learning disorders
This webinar will provide an overview of the historical means of diagnosing learning disorders as well as current DSM-5 criteria. Processes such as the Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses analysis will be discussed and tied to WISC-V and WIAT-III reporting options.
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