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Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-56664-0
348 pages
September 2010
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Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidently administer, score, and interpret the WJ III COG

The most widely used comprehensive assessment system—the Woodcock-Johnson—is separated into two distinct test batteries: Cognitive Abilities (COG) and Achievement (ACH). The WJ III COG includes tests of knowledge, reasoning, memory and retrieval, speed, auditory processing, and visual-spatial thinking. To use these tests properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidance on how to administer, score, and interpret them. Cowritten by the senior author of the Woodcock-Johnson, Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment, Second Edition is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy mental health professionals, and those in training, quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Thoroughly revised and updated with all-new case reports, a brand new clinical applications chapter, and reflective of the latest information available on the WJ III, including the Diagnostic Supplement and the 2007 Normative Update, the Second Edition is the best source for state-of-the-art guidelines to the Cognitive Abilities portion of the WJ III. Offering expert assessment of the test’s relative strengths and weaknesses, this book complements Essentials of WJ III Tests of Achievement Assessment (Wiley).

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Series Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

One Overview of the WJ III COG and DS 1

Two How to Administer the WJ III COG and DS 24

Three How to Score the WJ III COG and DS 77

Four Interpretation of the WJ III COG and DS 124

Five Strengths and Weaknesses of the WJ III COG and DS 179

Six Clinical Group Comparisons on the WJ III COG, DS, and ACH 197

Seven Selected Case Studies 251

References 301

Annotated Bibliography 315

Index 317

About the Authors 329

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FREDRICK A. SCHRANK, PhD, ABPP, is Director of Measurement Learning Consultants, Executive Director of the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation, and a past president of the American Academy of School Psychology.

DANIEL C. MILLER, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists.

BARBARA J. WENDLING, MA, is Education Director of the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation and a nationally recognized expert on use and interpretation of the WJ IIITM.

RICHARD W. WOODCOCK, EdD, ABPP, is the senior author of the Woodcock-Johnson family of assessment instruments. He is currently affiliated with the University of Southern California as a Clinical Professor of Psychology.

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