Whitaker, Simon and Shirley, Gordon (2010) Profile Analysis on the WISC-IV and WAIS-III in the low intellectual range: Is it valid and reliable? Clinical Psychology and People with Learning Disabilities, 7. pp. 34-38. ISSN 1746-6008

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This paper examines how far it is valid to generate a profile of an individual’s cognitive abilities using the WISC-IV or WAIS-III for individuals in the low ability range. Data are presented which demonstrate that the WISC-IV and WAIS-III assessments produce different cognitive profiles, when given to the same 16-year-olds who receive special education. It is suggested that at the low IQ level, subtest and index scores may lack sufficient stability for the WISC-IV or WAIS-III to produce reliable cognitive profiles.

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