Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children ® - Fifth UK Edition (WISC-V UK)

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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Brief Summary

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®– Fifth UK Edition (WISC®–VUK) is the latest version of the most proven and trusted cognitive ability measure ever. WISC®–VUK 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.

Guidance on using WISC–VUK in your Telepractice 

Also available  in digital formats via Q-interactive® Standard Licence and Q-global®



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
  • assessing the impact of brain injuries.  

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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.

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.

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

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

WISC®–V UK and WIAT®–III UK - Working together for a fuller picture

A linking sample comprising the WIAT®-III UK and WISC®-V UK has been collected, allowing you to conduct an Ability-Achievement Discrepancy Analysis with full confidence in the results. Find out more about the WIAT-III UK.

Paper-and-pencil format

Now available, the traditional paper-and-pencil format, WISC®-VUK Complete Kit includes: Administration and Scoring Manual, Technical and Interpretive Manual, Stimulus Books 1 - 2, 25 x Record Forms, 25 x Response Booklets 1, 25 x Response Booklets 2, Coding Scoring Template, Symbol Search Scoring Key, Cancellation Scoring Template and a Wechsler Standard Block Design Set. Hand scoring and new web-based scoring on Q-global will help to cut down on the time you spend on result's creation.


Digital options:

The WISC®–VUK offers two efficient and easy-to-use, digital options for test administration, scoring and reporting.

Q-interactive ® - Our iPad device-based system for administration, scoring and reporting


Q-interactive® is a revolutionary digital system that delivers the world’s most advanced assessment tools you can take with you anywhere. Administer interactive assessments with an intuitive, portable system that uses two iPads connected to each other via Bluetooth. 

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*Please note: Registered users with a qualification code of CL1 are eligible to purchase assessments from the Standard Q-interactive Licence. You can view the list of available assessments and place your order on our Q-interactive page.

To use WISC®–VUK on Q-interactive you will also need to order an additional item - Wechsler Standard Block Design Set (9780749170424,  £80.50 + VAT (£96.60 inc VAT)  - these will need to be purchased directly from Pearson Clinical Customer Service orders@pearsonclinical.co.uk or Tel: 0345 630 8888.

Learn more about Q-interactive

Video: An introduction to WISC®–VUK on Q-interactive


Q-global® - Our web-based system for scoring and reporting paper administrations

Q-global logo

Q-global® is our secure and affordable web-based platform for test administration, scoring and reporting. It houses the industry's gold standard in assessment tools and is accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. Q-global helps you quickly and efficiently organise examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports.

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.

Learn more about -Q-global


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
£1,360.26 inc VAT


Record Forms, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171643
£130.19 inc VAT
Response Booklet 1, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171605
£91.19 inc VAT
Response Booklet 2, pack of 25
ISBN: 9780749171629
£91.19 inc VAT

Manual Administration Components

Stimulus Book 2
ISBN: 9780749171636
£395.49 inc VAT
Stimulus Book 1
ISBN: 9780749171612
£395.49 inc VAT
Cancellation Scoring Template
ISBN: 9780749171582
£20.39 inc VAT

Q-global® Web-based Administration, Scoring and Reporting

WISC-V UK Q-Global Score Report

ISBN: 9780749171759
£2.52 inc VAT

Q-Global 1 Year Score Report Subscription

ISBN: 9780749171742
£38.40 inc VAT

WISC-V UK Q-Global Interpretive Report

ISBN: 9780749171766
£4.44 inc VAT

Q-Global 1 Year Interpretive Report Scoring Subscription

ISBN: 9780749171773
£57.60 inc VAT

Q-global Digital Stimulus Book 1

ISBN: 9780749173234
£474.00 inc VAT

Q-global Digital Stimulus Book 2

ISBN: 9780749173241
£474.00 inc VAT

WISC-V UK Q-Global Administration & Scoring Manual

ISBN: 9780749173227
£207.60 inc VAT


Technical and Interpretive Manual
ISBN: 9780158978482
£226.49 inc VAT
WISC -V Administration and Scoring Manual
ISBN: 9780749167561
£173.49 inc VAT

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