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1 General Administration & Key Points for the WJ III ®

2 Know purposes of testing Strive for exact & brisk administration Allow adequate time for testing Have necessary materials (test books, test record, subject response booklet, tape, tape player, headphones, pencils, stopwatch) Establish rapport (complete subject identification information) Evaluate behavior during testing (use Test Session Observations Checklist) Getting Ready to Test

3 Follow standardized procedures for each test Use Suggested Starting Points Know basal/ceiling rules for each test Know pronunciation of items Do not penalize for mispronunciations due to speech defects, regional or dialect differences Test by complete pages when stimulus is visible on subjects page Score last response given (during test session - whether its correct or incorrect). General Administration Points

4 Set up tape or CD player in advance. Look away from subject while item is being presented. At the double beep, look at the subject to encourage a response. Use the pause/stop button, if needed (unless otherwise indicated. Do not repeat items unless indicated in the instructions. Taped/CD Tests

5 Use a stopwatch or timer whenever possible. If stopwatch or timer is not available, use watch or clock with second hand. Record exact starting and stopping times. Adhere to the time limits for each timed test or item. (noted in Test Book and Test Record) If subject finishes test before limit, record exact finishing time in minutes and seconds. Software makes an adjustment. Timed Tests

6 Have SRB available when necessary. Point to columns or pages as directed while holding SRB. Place in front of subject when directed. Remove from subject when directed. On timed tests, direct subject to cross out responses he or she wishes to change. Remind subjects to work row by row if it appears they are skipping around. Subject Response Booklet

7 Provided to reduce unnecessary testing time Use subjects present estimated ability or achievement level Located on first page after tab in Test Book Suggested Starting Points Subjects EstimatedPreschool to GradesGrade 8 to Ability Grade 2 3 to 7 Adult Begin With Item 1 Item 7 Sample Item D Page 271Page 273 Below Suggested Starting Points

8 BASAL AND CEILING RULES PURPOSE PURPOSE Limit span of items administered Allow high probability estimate of score Guide for minimizing testing time CRITERIA CRITERIA Included at beginning of each test in Test Book Stated at top of each test recording area in Test Record Understand where to start and stop each test BASAL LEVEL BASAL LEVEL The lowest set of consecutive correct responses specified, or Item 1 Begin at suggested starting point If basal established continue testing until meets ceiling criterion If basal not established test backwards complete page by complete page TESTING TESTING Conducted by complete pages whenever visual stimulus on subjects side If ceiling reached in middle of test page, administer all items on page If any items responded to correctly, continue testing to establish true ceiling SCORING SCORING If two apparent basals, then use lowest basal as true basal If two apparent ceilings, then use the highest ceiling as true ceiling GENERAL PRINCIPLE: GENERAL PRINCIPLE: If subject misses item, score as incorrect, if subject responds correctly, score as correct. Continue testing until confident that true basal and true ceiling have been obtained. If believed that subject may fail item below apparent basal or get correct above criteria for ceiling, continue testing. Calculating and obtaining a raw score is not dependent upon the existence of a basal or a ceiling. Refer to the Examiners manual and the easels for any unusual issues pertaining to raw score calculations (i.e. tests with continuation rules, cumulative cut-offs, block item administration, etc.).

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