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Assessing Intellectual Functioning in Young Adolescents: How do the WISC-IV and SB5 Compare?

  • Kimberley Wilson (a1) and Linda Gilmore (a1)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children — Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) and the Stanford-Binet — Fifth Edition (SB5) are two of the most commonly used intelligence tests for children and adolescents. No comparative studies of the WISC-IV and SB5 have yet been published. In the current study the WISC-IV and SB5 were administered in counterbalanced order to 30 typically developing 12- to 14-year-old adolescents. There was a significant difference between Full Scale IQs on the two measures, with scores being higher on the WISC-IV. A significant difference was also found between Verbal IQs and there were large score differences for some participants. The article concludes that the WISC-IV and SB5 cannot be presumed to be interchangeable measures of intelligence.

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address for correspondence: Linda Gilmore, School of Learning and Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059, Australia. Email:
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