Benefits of the WJIV

What sets the Woodcock-Johnson IV apart from other achievement tests?

  • Testing is completed in about 1 ½ hours. 
  • Testing is administered one-on-one.
  • The score report is printed and explained immediately. Our trained consultants explain your child’s testing experience and scores in a brief consultation.
  • It is appropriate for children performing at preschool through college levels.
  • The WJ is not limited to a specific grade level.  If you choose another achievement test, and your child is a 3rd grader, he will only see 3rd grade questions.  However, with the WJ, your child can demonstrate that he performs at a 6th grade level in reading, a 3rd grade level in writing, and a 2nd grade level in math (for example).
  • The WJ reduces frustration for students who perform below grade level.  The test pinpoints a child’s instructional level, even if that is below his/her grade level.
  • The WJ provides an opportunity for students who perform above grade level to demonstrate mastery.
  • The WJ is designed to be offered any month of the school year.  New homeschool families can use scores as a baseline for purchasing curriculum.  Some parents like the feedback mid-year.  Many families use the WJ as an end-of-year test in March-June.
  • All learning styles are accommodated.  Several portions are written.  Students can stand up, draw pictures, count on their fingers, stop and take stretch breaks, etc.  Pictures accompany many of the written prompts.  Students see everything the consultant is reading to them.  Students can read aloud, sing their math skip-counting songs, etc.
  • Other accommodations can be made for children with learning differences and physical challenges.
  • Each subtest measures your child’s proficiency in ONLY that area. For example, delayed readers can still do well with applied math problems because the word problems are read to the child as they follow along.
  • Answers are given both orally and written in a workbook. The child will not be transferring information to a bubble sheet.
  • Most of the subtests are NOT timed.  There are 3 reading, 3 math, and 3 writing subtests on a Basic achievement test.  These includes skills, applied knowledge, and fluency.  Only 3 short subtests are timed (in the area of fluency).
  • Public schools use the WJ as their test of choice to qualify children for gifted or special education services.  The scores are accepted nationwide.