Key information

The latest version of the most proven trusted cognitive ability measure ever


David Wechsler

Publication Year:


Age Range:

Children aged 6:0–16:11


Paper-and-pencil or digital - Core subtests: ~60 minutes

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Introducing the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®– Fifth UK Edition, the latest version of the most proven trusted cognitive ability measure ever. Available in both a paper-and-pencil format and a digital format on Q-interactive®, the WISC–VUK delivers more flexibility and more content.

Introducing A Smarter Future of Assessment - WISC-V UK on Q-interactive


It has been redesigned to give you a truly comprehensive picture of a child's abilities and it includes notable improvements to make identifying the issues—and finding the solutions—faster and easier, without sacrificing the Wechsler gold standard of excellence.

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Technical Information

Content & Administration

The WISC–VUK gives you flexibility and interpretive power, along with access to more subtests, so you get a broader view of a child's cognitive abilities. An expanded factor structure provides new and separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composites for all ages.

New Primary Subtests

Three new primary subtests extend the content coverage of the WISC-VUK and increase its practical application.

  • Visual Puzzles is a new Visual Spatial subtest that measures the ability to analyse and synthesise information
  • Figure Weights is a new Fluid Reasoning subtest that measures quantitative reasoning and induction
  • Picture Span is a new Working Memory subtest that measures visual working memory

Expanded and Updated Factor Structure

The test structure includes new and separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composites for greater interpretive clarity and a variety of levels of composites for interpretive options.

WISC-VUK Framework

WISC-V UK Framework

Features & Benefits

More efficient and user-friendly

  • The WISC–VUK increases construct coverage without increasing testing time. So, you get a more efficient, developmentally appropriate measure– and still have time to assess other domains of interest.
  • Efficiently produce all primary index scores
  • Significantly reduced testing time to obtain the FSIQ
  • Simplified instructions with reduced vocabulary level, shorter discontinue rules, and refined scoring criteria
  • Five primary index scores, the FSIQ as well as three of the five ancillary index scores can be obtained through the ten primary subtests

More interpretive power

  • WISC–VUK provides statistical links to the WIAT-III, to support more flexible evaluation of specific learning disabilities and two major approaches to specific learning disability identification: pattern of strengths and weaknesses analyses and ability-achievement discrepancy analyses
  • Expanded score analysis approach highlights index- and subtest-level strength and weaknesses analyses
  • Separate visual spatial and fluid reasoning composite scores results in greater interpretive clarity
  • Selection of process scores has been greatly expanded to enhance the depth of interpretation and understanding of performance

Updated psychometric properties

  • Updated normative sample standardised on UK children aged 6:0–16:11
  • Normative sample stratified to match current UK census data based on gender, ethnicity, parent education level, and geographic region for each age group
  • Strong subtest floors and ceilings facilitate accurate measurement at the extremes of cognitive ability
  • Comparable or improved reliability for subtest and composite scores

Updated studies

  • Updated special group studies
  • Updated validity studies with other measures including WISC–IV, WPPSI–IV, WAIS–IV, WIAT–III, KTEA-3, Vineland-II, and BASC-2
  • Expanded validity evidence for the Q-interactive version, including construct validity studies and equivalence of Q-interactive and paper/pencil formats, and special group studies to examine patterns of performance of children from frequently-tested populations

Users & Applications

Psychologists working in schools, clinics, hospitals, universities and forensics can use the WISC–VUK for diverse applications such as:

  • identifying learning difficulties,
  • identifying and diagnosing learning disabilities/disorders,
  • evaluating of cognitive processing strengths and weaknesses,
  • assessing for giftedness, and 
  • assessing the impact of brain injuries. 

Scoring and Reporting

WISC-VUK scoring options include:  Q-global™, real-time automated scoring on Q-interactive, or manual scoring.


In addition to manual scoring, WISC–V UK is available on Q-global™, Pearson's web-based scoring and reporting system.

Q-global offers:

  • 24/7 secure, web-based access
  • Portability: Q-global can be used on mobile devices such as a laptop or tablet
  • On-demand, reliable scoring and comprehensive reporting solutions

Two options for scoring and reporting

The first option is pay-per-use report. Customers wishing to administer and score this assessment onscreen, can now pay per-report, giving you the flexibility to pay as the assessment is used. 

The second option is to select an "unlimited use" subscription, where one user of this assessment gets unlimited scoring and reporting for a year. This may be a better option for customers who administer this measure several times each year - and don't want to worry about keeping track of their report expenses.

WISC-V UK Reports available on Q-global:

Score Reports

  • Automatically converts total raw scores to subtest scaled scores
  • Automatically converts sums of scaled scores to composites scores, including the FSIQ and numerous index scores
  • Performs score comparisons at the index and subtest levels
  • Generates score reports with tables and graphs.

Interpretive Reports

In addition to the full scoring information available in the WISC–V UK Score Report, the WISC–V UK Interpretive Report includes narrative interpretation of scores, including:

  • Narrative summary of the child’s background, history, and test behaviors
  • Interpretation of the Full Scale IQ and all primary, ancillary and complementary index scores
  • Integration of the reason for referral in test score interpretation
  • Recommendations based on WISC–V UK performance
  • Optional Parent Summary Report.


For Q-interactive users, WISC-V UK scoring and reporting includes real-time scoring and immediate access to results and the same score report available on Q-global.


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Price list

Manual Administration Kits

Complete Kit

Includes UK examiners manual, US technical manual, stimulus book 1 and 2, 25 record forms, 25 response booklets 1, 25 response booklets 2, symbol search scoring key, cancellation template, coding scoring key, block design set, black pencil, red pencil and a bag.
ISBN: 9780749171780
£1,262.82 inc VAT


Record Forms, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171643
£120.00 inc VAT
Response Booklet 1, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171605
£84.00 inc VAT
Response Booklet 2, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171629
£84.00 inc VAT

Manual Administration Components

Stimulus Book 2
ISBN: 9780749171636
£366.00 inc VAT
Stimulus Book 1
ISBN: 9780749171612
£366.00 inc VAT

Digital Scoring and Reporting

Q-Global Score Report
ISBN: 9780749171759
£2.40 inc VAT
Q-Global 1 Year Subscription and Score Report
ISBN: 9780749171742
£38.40 inc VAT
Q-Global Interpretive Report
ISBN: 9780749171766
£4.80 inc VAT
Q-Global 1 Year Subscription and Interpretive Report
ISBN: 9780749171773
£57.60 inc VAT


Technical and Interpretive Manual
ISBN: 9780158978482
£210.00 inc VAT
ISBN: 9780749167561
£160.00 inc VAT

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