Wechsler Test of Adult Reading (WTAR UK)

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Key information

Estimate pre-morbid intellectual functioning


David Wechsler

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Age Range:

16 years to 89 years


Individual - 5 to 10 minutes

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The WTAR is going out of print, to be superseded by TOPFUK. We will continue to supply kits/forms for as long as stock lasts. Please call us on 0345 630 8888 with any queries.


Estimate an individual's level of intellectual functioning before the onset of injury or illness with the Wechsler Test of Adult Reading-UK (WTARUK).

This new assessment tool for older adolescents and adults takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

The only reading test normed with theĀ  and the WTARUK is an effective method for predicting a person's pre-injury IQ and memory abilities.

Predict Pre-morbid Intelligence with Accuracy

The WTARUK allows you to measure pre-morbid (pre-injury) level of intellectual functioning for individuals ages 16 to 89 years.

You can administer the WTARUK as part of a comprehensive evaluation and use the client's predicted cognitive functioning scores to develop appropriate treatment plans.


This reading test is composed of a list of 50 words that have atypical grapheme to phoneme translations.

The intent in using words with irregular pronunciations is to minimise the current ability of the client to apply standard pronunciation rules and assess previous learning of the word.

Rationale for Reading Test

Unlike many intellectual and memory abilities, reading recognition is relatively stable in the presence of cognitive declines associated with normal aging or brain injury.

The purpose of the WTARUK is not for the assessment and diagnosis of developmental reading disorders, but rather for an initial estimation of pre-morbid intellectual and memory abilities (assuming a normal development of reading skills prior to injury or cognitive decline).

Predict WAIS-IIIUK and WMS-IIIUK Performance

The WTARUK provides you with a decided advantage over other tests because it was developed and co-normed simultaneously with the widely-used and .

This co-development enables the WTARUK to be an effective method for predicting full-scale IQ and memory performance, with prediction equations available forĀ  index scores and selected index scores.

The Wechsler ability tests are restricted to Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists and Psychologists with a relevant PhD.

Other psychologists in training can have access to the tests only under the supervision of an appropriately qualified Psychologist.

Under no circumstances should other professionals be given access to the Wechsler materials.


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