#WABC11-WABC® Wiig Assessment of Basic Concepts®
The Wiig Assessment of Basic Concepts™ (WABC™) has just been published by Super Duper Publications®. There are two levels to this test, and the test provides receptive and expressive standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents. There is also a Total WABC™ Score for each level. Semantic categories are included (color/shape, weight/volume, distances/speed/time, quantity, sensation/emotion, and evaluation).
Elisabeth Wiig has done a great job with this test, and it will provide diagnosticians with an alternative to the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts and this test will also prove helpful for Child Find and Head Start Programs. The two parts of this test are neatly organized into two books (Level 1 – A Day at the Zoo and Level 2 – A Day at the Park). The books are colorful and engaging, and clear pages for the Test Preparation, Test Scoring, and Test Training are provided. A separate section on the testing of superlatives is included. A clipboard and an Examiner’s Manual are included. The Examiner’s Manual includes the purpose and characteristics, directions for administration, scoring responses, interpreting the results, test development and technical characteristics. Norms for ages 2-6 to 5-11 and 5-0 to 7-11 are provided also. The Examiner’s Manual is neatly organized, well laid out, clear and concise.
I believe that Elisabeth Wiig and her colleagues have done a pristine job of standardizing and norming this test and it will be a very valuable asset to school psychologists and educational diagnosticians who evaluate children for various reasons. This test will help to ensure that “No Child is Left Behind.” It is imperative to have valid and reliable assessment instruments and the WABC™ will also be helpful to speech and language pathologists and other evaluators involved in early childhood education.