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Emma Turner
 CPsychol, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist:

Using the WAIS-IV UK with Q-interactive

This review is directed towards qualified practising test users, but may also be of interest to academics and specialists in psychometrics and psychological testing.

Description of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth UK Edition (WAIS-IV UK)

The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) is a test designed to measure intelligence in adults and older adolescents. It is currently in its fourth edition (WAIS-IV). The original WAIS (Form I) was published in February 1955 by David Wechsler, as a revision of the Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Scale that had been released in 1939. The fourth edition of the test (WAIS-IV) was released in 2008 by Pearson. The WAIS-IV contains 15 subtest areas that can be grouped into 4 areas; Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed and ‘provides the most advanced measure of cognitive ability in adults’ (Pearson 2010).

The use of the test is available to anyone who is registered with the HPC as a Practitioner Psychologist and also has the protected titles of Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist or Educational Psychologist  .


This review is focused on Pearson's interactive digital assessment platform Q-interactive and the exciting new opportunities it offers for the administration and response modes of the WAIS –IV. The Q-interactive enables test users to use two Apple® iPads® to choose, customise test batteries, administer and score assessments.  

Some of the key benefits of Q-interactive for the WAIS-IV are as follows:

  • No heavy cases full of test materials!  Q-interactive offers a much more portable way of administering the WAIS-IV. Rather than lugging around a heavy case, now all that’s needed is 2 iPads® and a small folder of materials.

  • The test user is able to choose which test items to use for a particular test taker and can develop customised test batteries for use with different clients.

  • The iPad® is ideal for presenting the majority of the test items.  All the subtests for testing verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning and working memory are presented using the iPad®.  Three of the subtests are still administered in the traditional way.  
  • As the subtests have strict time limits the iPad can control these timings, freeing up the test users time to concentrate on attending to the test taker.  

  • As the test user – everything is there in front of you and is presented on your iPad screen.  There is no need to flick through manuals for test instructions or scoring guidance, as it is all presented to you exactly when you need it.

  • Scoring has never been easier. Rather than having to review and assess multiple response booklets, Q-interactive now does it all for you. The data can then be analysed by the test user immediately or it can be exported in to the WAIS--IV Scoring Assistant and Report Writer Software. This saves time scoring and reporting the results.

  • Great customer support from Pearson. I gained excellent support from one of the Pearson team who came and set Q-interactive up for me and synced the iPads. Like anything, one must familiarise oneself with the software interface before actually administering the tests with clients, but this isn’t an onerous task and simply enables you to feel more confident using it.

Finally, Q-interactive saves time and therefore cost. Pearson considers that testing time can be reduced by up to 30% (Pearson 2013).  My average testing time has certainly been greatly reduced. Clearly this is a benefit for both test user and test taker.

February 21, 2014