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NDACAN Measure Details

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Revised (WPPSI-R) Short Form


Designed to briefly assess the general intellectual functioning of children aged 3 to 7 years and 3 months. The total WPPSI-R contains the following 12 subtests: Objects Assembly (6 items), Geometric Design (16 items), Block Design (14 designs), Mazes (11 mazes), Picture Completion (28 items), Animal Pegs, Information (27 items), Comprehension (15 items), Arithmetic (23 items), Vocabulary (25 items), Similarities (20 items), and Sentences (12 items). The Short Form Vocabulary and Block Design includes only the two named subtests. In the Block Design subtest children are asked to reproduce designs using three or four flat, bi-colored blocks. The Vocabulary subtest consists of two question types. In the first, children are shown pictures and are asked to name the object in the picture. In the second, children are orally presented with a word and are asked to define it. The Vocabulary subtest is untimed while the Block Design subtest is timed and children are given bonus points on some items for speed.


Wechsler, D. (1989). Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Revised. San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation. Retrieved from: