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Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ IIIŽ)
 Richard W. Woodcock, Kevin S. McGrew & Nancy Mather, Riverside Publishing, 2001.

The WJ IIIŽ measures a great many aspects of academic achievement with a wide variety of relatively brief tests. Many of these achievement tests can be used with the WJ IIIŽ Tests of Cognitive Abilities to assess a student’s abilities on many specific McGrew, Flanagan, and Ortiz Integrated Cattell-Horn-Carroll Gf-Gc (CHC) "cognitive factors." Examiners are permitted to select the tests they need to assess abilities in which they are interested for a particular student. The WJ IIIŽ was normed on 8,818 children and adults (4,783 in grades kindergarten through 12) in a well-designed, national sample. The same persons also provided norms for the WJ IIIŽ tests of academic achievement, so the ability and achievement tests can be compared directly, and cognitive and achievement tests can be combined to measure CHC factors.

The description below are not the "official" descriptions provided by the WJ IIIŽ manual.

1. Letter-Word Identification

naming letters and reading words aloud from a list.

2. Reading Fluency

speed of reading sentences and answering "yes" or "no" to each.

9. Passage Comprehension

orally supplying the missing word removed from each sentence or very brief paragraph (e.g., "Woof," said the _____, biting the hand that fed it.").

13. Word Attack

reading nonsense words (e.g., plurp, fronkett) aloud to test phonetic word attack skills.

17. Reading Vocabulary

orally stating synonyms and antonyms for printed words and orally completing written analogies (e.g., elephant : big :: mouse : ____ ).

7. Spelling

writing letters and words from dictation.

8. Writing Fluency

writing simple sentences, using three given words for each item and describing a picture, as quickly as possible for seven minutes.

11. Writing Samples

writing sentences according to directions; many items include pictures; spelling does not count on most items.

16. Editing

orally correcting deliberate errors in typed sentences.

18. Spelling of Sounds

written spelling of dictated nonsense words.

22. Punctuation and Capitalization

formal writing test of these skills.

5. Calculation

involves arithmetic computation with paper and pencil.

6. Math Fluency

speed of performing simple calculations for 3 minutes.

10. Applied Problems

are oral, math "word problems," solved with paper and pencil.

18. Quantitative Concepts

oral questions about mathematical factual information, operations signs, etc.

3. Story Recall

the student answers oral questions about stories that were dictated to the student.

4. Understanding Directions

the student follows oral directions to point to different parts of pictures.

12 Story Recall – Delayed

the student answers questions about the stories heard earlier.

14. Picture Vocabulary

the student points to named pictures or names pictures.

15. Oral Comprehension

the student provides anto- or synonyms to spoken words and completes oral analogies (e.g., elephant is to big and mouse is to ___ )

19. Academic Knowledge

oral questions about factual knowledge of science, social studies, and humanities.

21. Sound Awareness

rhyming, deletion, substitution, and reversing of spoken sounds.