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practice strategies for the WAIS III intelligence test.

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marc
Joined Dec 02, 2005
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Posted:Dec 02, 2005 10:40:01 PM

Hi ItsMeThere:

Retesting guarantees a higher score. When you repeat tests the scores are naturally higher because you've processed the test items.

In our doctoral research class, we students re-took the Wechsler after one week and voila! We were all two standard deviations above the mean or more! All 20 of us were at genius levels in just one week!!!!

Don't worry about scores- they don't matter. Rather, review the types of errors that you made. Do these errors manifest themselves in class? Under what conditions do they appear? Then develop an action plan with your special needs counsellor/tutor/teachers for accommodations in class.

Good luck!

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Sue
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Posted:Dec 04, 2005 8:15:00 PM

Naw, I think you were all just undiscovered geniuses :-)

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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gophergirl
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Is there anything out there that can you can use to practice the block design part in particular? Or any of the performance part?

My problem is that I have OCD which is specifically focused on test anxiety. I want to develop some exposure-response prevention routines that will help bring down the anxiety enough to perform at my best on the test (and not hyperventilate). Timing and deadlines push the anxiety way into overdrive. Other than that I seem to perform extremely well on IQ type tasks (enough to put me in the gifted range), though my working memory is definitely letting me down in parts - enough for me to have sought out an assessment to see if I have a LD as well as the OCD and possible giftedness.

The last formal stand-alone verbal intelligence test I had to do was at the 99th percentile, as I can retrieve that sort of stuff effortlessly from long term memory even if I'm in bed with the flu, and visual-spatial stuff I can usually come out smiling with, and logic should be fine, but anything mathematical is usually not terribly great, and under stress and anxiety conditions that's the first sort of thing to go, and any working memory task I find extremely difficult. I already expect to perform poorly on digit span, as I know that when we've done digit span tasks in my postgrad course I'm worse than everyone else in my class. N-back tasks that require me to remember more than 1 item back are usually difficult and abysmal, so I know that there's going to be a distinct discrepancy (it's why I'm doing the test after all), but the OCD leaves me hugely anxiety ridden when faced with testing. I know from informal practice on Stanford-Binet type test material standard exposure-response prevention techniques can bring my anxiety down enough for me to perform with some ease. Plenty of stuff is published on that sort of stuff so I can work on the anxiety beforehand, but there just seems to be nothing equivalent that I can use for the WAIS. Even looking at a picture of the booklets on the publisher's site sends my anxiety up to about 8 on a scale of 10 - and that's without even doing anything!

So some material that I could incorporate into clinical anxiety preparation pre-test - even if it was a commercial kid's toy (I know there was research done on one kids' block toy that was similar to the WAIS task) would be helpful at this stage.

I don't want to pre-empt the test - I just want to orient myself mentally so that I won't be coping with racing heartbeat, stiff muscles, laboured breathing, and hyperventilation at the same time.


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Unfortunately, I am not too happy with my IQ either. It's very mediocre, at best. I would also do anything so that my brain works more effictively and efficiently.

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I do most things by rote, despite TRULLY TRYING to understand but in vain. At times, it feels like college isn't for me, but I persevere.

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"A person"--I am sure you can do better on the WAIS next time. Certain subtests are especially amenable to practice. For instance, for digit span, just make up a strategy--anyone can improve greatly at that after initial exposure. For symbol search--with a strategy you might not perform stellar, but a ten is totally possible. Vocabulary-just make it a habit to keep a vocabulary notebook, look up and write down an unknown word every time you encounter it. And don't be lazy to look up the same word multiple times as well as to write the very same word up multiple times in a notebook. That way, eventually you remember it. That's exactly what I do and it helps. Vocabulary is something anyone can build up and in a year/ a year and a half of agressive vocabulary building you'll see results. By the way, vocabulary has nothing to do with intelligence; all it measures is one's desire to be intelligent. As for the more reasoning based "similarities"and vocab. def. based on understanding, etc. just think about what words mean and what features and attributes the word encompasses. Make up a mental venn diagrams to see how words are related. The hardest part of those tests is that they are timed because with purposeful thinking, you can get it all.

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The hardest part of PO tests is that they are timed. However, if you practice A LOT with strategies of how to attack them, esp. block design, and picture arrangement (although this doesn't go into your IQ), your score will go up. Practice and desire to improve should totally work given the structure of the current WAIS.

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A person
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Posted:May 13, 2009 3:21:51 PM

This thread is from so long ago! Anyway, I retested last year and got different results from the test. My verbal and performance scores were about equal. The psych said that I didn't even have LD. I didn't believe her because of my academic history. She attributed it all to emotional problems. I had a LD coordinator at a college that I'm currently attending examine the test results. She said said that I do in fact have LD and that nobody ever gets over it.

My point is, I used to care so much about test results, but they really mean nothing to me anymore. I was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder, but when I retested I was in the high average range for auditory processing.

The tests aren't always accurate. My scores have fluctuated over the years. I read a lot more, and I believe that's helped my visual processing problems.

Please don't waste your time dwelling on test scores! They aren't always static. I obsessed over them on this board and wasted a lot of years worrying about something that's completely inconsequential.

I still have LD issues, but it doesn't define me anymore. Don't let WAIS scores define you!

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luluchan531
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Posted:Jun 06, 2009 4:14:14 AM

You guys really shouldn't try to PRACTICE in order to increase your WAIS scores; all it'll do is show that you know how to look up information in order to cheat on a test, just to make yourself feel better.

We have learning disabilities. It's nothing to be ashamed of. What we REALLY should be doing is advocating acceptance and accommodations for those with disabilities, rather than trying to hide it.

This is a person's (someone who I personally consider a genius) view on being labeled "retarded":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn70gPukdtY&feature=channel_page

And her blog:

http://ballastexistenz.autistics.org/

Good day!

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luluchan531
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Quote marc:

Hi ItsMeThere:

Quote marc:

Retesting guarantees a higher score. When you repeat tests the scores are naturally higher because you've processed the test items.

Quote marc:

In our doctoral research class, we students re-took the Wechsler after one week and voila! We were all two standard deviations above the mean or more! All 20 of us were at genius levels in just one week!!!!

Quote marc:

Well, yeah; the test-re test reliability is 6-12 months. So in order for the second results to be valid, you'd need to re-take the WAIS after at least a year.

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