A survey of brief intelligence testing in Australia

Anthony Thompson

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A sample of 313 Australian psychologists responded to a survey about their use of brief intelligence tests. Among those administering intelligence tests, approximately one in four used shortened versions of longer scales and just under half used a published test specifically constructed to provide quick information about intellectual functioning. Wechsler subtest short forms were the most frequent abbreviation while the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (Dunn & Dunn, 1981, 1997) and the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990) were the most often used quick tests. The major reasons that psychologists used brief procedures was to save time, to obtain a global estimate of intelligence, to screen clients and to accommodate client characteristics that made full assessment difficult. Other aspects of brief intelligence testing are reported along with implications for training, practice and research. 1 Preliminary results from this study were presented at the Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 29 September ' 3 October, 1999.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-67
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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