Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV dyads for estimating global intelligence

Todd A Girard, Bradley N Axelrod, Ronak Patel, John R Crawford

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All possible two-subtest combinations of the core Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV) subtests were evaluated as possible viable short forms for estimating full-scale IQ (FSIQ). Validity of the dyads was evaluated relative to FSIQ in a large clinical sample (N = 482) referred for neuropsychological assessment. Sample validity measures included correlations, mean discrepancies, and levels of agreement between dyad estimates and FSIQ scores. In addition, reliability and validity coefficients were derived from WAIS-IV standardization data. The Coding + Information dyad had the strongest combination of reliability and validity data. However, several other dyads yielded comparable psychometric performance, albeit with some variability in their particular strengths. We also observed heterogeneity between validity coefficients from the clinical and standardization-based estimates for several dyads. Thus, readers are encouraged to also consider the individual psychometric attributes, their clinical or research goals, and client or sample characteristics when selecting among the dyadic short forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Early online date29 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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© The Author(s) 2014.
Funding: The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship,
and/or publication of this article.


  • two-subtest short forms
  • intelligence assessment


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