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Graduate student WAIS III evaluation reports: Are they thorough?

23 July 2010


This study examined 38 WAIS-III interpretative evaluation reports, based on a fictitious client and written by graduate students as part of an assessment course, to determine what information was included in the reports based on the results of the protocol scores. In order to ensure consistent results for the investigation, a computer-based test interpretation (CBTI) program following the steps Kaufman and Lichtenberger (2002) outlined for analysis and interpretation of WAIS-III results was developed for this study. The hypotheses that major findings would be included in the reports was mostly confirmed. The exception was intersubtest scatter measured in 33 reports but included as part of an interpretation in only 6. The hypotheses that indices comparisons and strengths and weaknesses in subtests would be neglected in reports was confirmed. The final hypothesis regarding computational errors was not confirmed. The errors were fewer than expected and below results contained within other research. The findings of this research has implications for instructors of intelligence assessment courses.


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