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Woodcock Johnson IV: Tests of Achievement (UK & Ire Edition)

Gain more information in less time! The Woodcock Johnson IV UK Tests of Achievement UK and Irl edition is a world leader in assessment and highly suitable for monitoring academic progress, diagnosing difficulties, and planning intervention for reading, writing and maths. The WJ IV is made up of 11 discrete tests that can accurately assess areas of reading, writing and maths in persons aged between 4 up to adult (aged 90+). The test is perfect for applying for access arrangements in the UK (25% extra time, reader and scribe);  reasonable accommodations (RACE), Irish exemptions and DARE in the Republic of Ireland. The test is approved by the Department of Education and skills (DES) and the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Skills.

Ages:  4- 90+ years

Administration Time: 5-10 minutes per test

Mode: Pen and Paper Administration; Online Scoring

Authors: Fredrick A. Schrank, Kevin S. McGrew, and Nancy Mather

Restriction Level: Medium (CL2R)

WJ-IV Complete Kit = Examiner Manual; Test Book; FREE Record & Response forms & 25 student scoring credits

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The Woodcock Johnson IV UK Tests of Achievement UK and Irl edition is a world leader in assessment and highly suitable for monitoring academic progress, diagnosing difficulties, and planning intervention for reading, writing and maths. The WJ IV is made up of 11 discrete tests that can accurately assess areas of reading, writing and maths in persons aged between 4 up to adult (aged 90+). The test is perfect for applying for access arrangements in the UK (25% extra time, reader and scribe);  reasonable accommodations (RACE), Irish exemptions and DARE in the Republic of Ireland. The test is approved by the Department of Education and skills (DES) and the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Skills.

The UK and Ireland edition is a special edition of the WJ IV which has been designed and adapted from the WJ IV Tests of Achievement,  Form C. While the norms have not changed, all of the content has been anglicised for use in the UK and Ireland and the testing battery has been shortened from 20 tests (standard and extended battery tests available in the full Wj IV) to the 11 core tests (standard battery only) thus making it more economical, affordable, and accessible to those schools and examiners seeking out a reliable and robust assessment tool.

Examiners can choose to administer all 11 discrete subtests or can select individual subtests for isolated use. The WJ IV will allow examiners to gain an in-depth understanding of a person’s academic strengths and weaknesses enabling targeted interventions to be put in place. Scores from the WJ IV can also be used to apply for access arrangements in the UK. With 11 subtests (see table below), spanning a huge age range (4- 90+ years) and assessing areas of early literacy and early number skills as well literacy and maths, the WJ IV is the perfect choice for students in every educational setting. 

Subtests of WJ IV Tests of Achievement, UK and Ireland edition

 

Subtests of the WJ IV
WJ IV TESTS
Test 1: Letter-Word identification (Reading)
Test 2: Applied Problems (Maths)
Test 3: Spelling (Writing)
Test 4: Passage Comprehension (Reading)
Test 5: Calculation (Maths)
Test 6: Writing Samples (Writing)
Test 7: Word Attack (Reading)
Test 8: Oral Reading - (Reading)
Test 9: Sentence Reading Fluency (Reading)
Test 10: Maths Facts Fluency (Maths)
Test 11: Writing Fluency (Writing)

11 benefits of using the WJ IV:

  1. suitable for a range of educational settings (early years – adult education)
  2. profiles students literacy AND maths attainments
  3. fast administration times (5-10 mins per test)
  4. Strong diagnostic powers
  5. standard scores, percentiles and confidence intervals available
  6. great administration flexibility (choose to administer one, some or all subtests)
  7. allows a comprehensive understanding of each students pattern strengths and weaknesses
  8. ability to design targeted interventions and instructional objectives
  9. use for applications of access arrangements (7 different suitable subtests)
  10. use to inform decisions around educational placements, programmes, and resources
  11. computer scoring & reporting saves time and allows student data export and collation of score

7 reviews for Woodcock Johnson IV: Tests of Achievement (UK & Ire Edition)

  1. Megan (verified owner)

    Super test, very easy to use and assesses all my key areas for access arrangements and IEP’s.

  2. Joanna Young

    Really straightforward to administer and very time efficient. I have so much confidence in the results the tests have returned as it was what was expected. Instructions were clear and easy to follow and record sheets also very straightforward to complete. The test will be all I need to leave me well-equipped in my job.

  3. Patricia Timoney

    Started using the WJ4 early this year, and after a little teething time (mainly due to my techie skills – or lack thereof) I’ve nailed it! Love it; delighted to have a test with phonological awareness (Word Attack) as well as the usual range. Rebecca and co in Education Elephant have been really helpful too. Full marks all round!

  4. Bríd Uí Mhaoluala

    We trialed the test with a number of “guinea pigs” and with one teacher observing , the other testing, to ensure that we were doing it correctly. We are very pleased with the range of subtests and the report generated. Rebecca has been both patient and helpful to us in answering any queries we had.

  5. jo (verified owner)

    I like it BUT if you only use a few sub tests it is quite expensive to buy the online scoring .maybe a reduced rate if only using the 3 maths tests for example?

  6. Rachel Graham

    I would absolutely recommend the WJ-IV to others. Especially for centres new to access
    arrangements and centres who need access to quick testing during a busy day. Test results are easy
    to read and appropriate for what an educational setting requires for both a screener and access
    arrangements.
    Rachel Graham, SENCo.

  7. Carol Neenan

    I am so thrilled with my purchase of the Woodcock Johnson IV. Up to now I was only able to screen for Dyslexia , now I can confidently and competently assess Reading, Writing, Spelling & Maths for people 4yrs -Adult. It is so good to work with, both during testing and afterwards when scoring the work. The scoring is easy and the computer does the calculations. This saves time and more importantly the human error side of scoring some other tests. I love the variety of reports that can be compiled and I especially like the printable sheet “Profile report”, with all of the scores given on one page almost in pictorial form. This makes the job of structuring the written report as well as being able to “see the whole picture” so easy for the test user (me). It also makes it easier to show people where all of the scores are in relation to each other at a glance. I really am very happy with its performance and I’m looking forward to allowing it to help me to help so many more people in difficulty, going forward. Thank you so Much Rebecca for training me in my CCET and for doing the work on this test to make it available to me and the many more me’s (i.e. CCET trained people) to come. Éirim …. I will always be indebted !

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With strong reliability, a comprehensive set of available subtests and its time efficient nature the WJ IV is the perfect choice for high stakes testing (i.e. when testing student eligibility for schemes and resources). Please see below for a number of schemes the WJ IV has been used widely for.

WJ IV and Access Arrangements

The WJ IV has 7 subtests which are highly suitable when applying for JCQ access arrangements of Reader, Scribe and Extra Time. See the table below for suitable tests and access arrangement area:
WJ IV tests
Access Arrangement
Test 1: Letter-Word identification
Reader (Single Word Reading)
Test 3: SpellingScribe (Spelling)*
Test 4: Passage ComprehensionReader (Reading Comprehension)
Test 7: Word AttackExtra Time (cognitive processing)
Test 9: Sentence Reading FluencyReader / Extra Time (cognitive processing)
Test 10: Maths Facts FluencyExtra Time (cognitive processing)
Test 11: Writing FluencyExtra Time (cognitive processing)
This table acts as a guide for assessors that are using the WJ IV for access arrangement applications under the JCQ. Plese note this table serves as a guide only and examiners should always use there own final judgement on the suitability of tests when making an application. *Please note as per JCQ guidelines, in order to qualify for a scribe a candidates writing also needs to be incomprehensible

WJ IV and Disabled Students Allowance

This test is awaiting review by the SASC Committee

WJ IV and Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme

The WJ IV has 10 different subtests which are suitable for use within the Republic of Irelands DARE scheme. The tests are listed below:
WJ IV testsDARE
Test 1: Letter-Word identificationSingle word reading (Dyslexia)
Test 2: Applied ProblemsMaths Reasoning (Dyscalculia)
Test 3: SpellingSpelling (Dyslexia)
Test 4: Passage ComprehensionReading Comprehension (Dyslexia)
Test 5: CalculationMaths Calculation (Dyscalculia)
Test 6: Writing SamplesN/a
Test 7: Word AttackPseudoword Decoding (Dyslexia)
Test 8: Oral Reading -NEWReading Accuracy (Dyslexia)
Test 9: Sentence Reading FluencyReading Fluency/Speed (Dyslexia)
Test 10: Maths Facts FluencyMaths fluency (Dyscalculia)
Test 11: Writing FluencyWriting fluency (Dyslexia)
This table acts as a guide for assessors that are using the WJ IV for student DARE applications in the Republic of Ireland. Noe this is only a guide and examiners should always use there own final judgement on the suitability of tests when making an application.

Technical Information

Normed using a very large sample of over 8,000 individuals from a US population. Reliabilities of the WJ IV are very strong and range from 0.8 to 0.9 or higher. Further information on individuals subtest reliabilities can be found within the technical manual.

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