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Kaufman Subtests Descriptions

Subtest Range Description
Letter & Word Recognition Ages 4:6-25:11 The student identifies letters and pronounces words of gradually increasing difficulty. Most words are irregular to ensure that the subtest measures word recognition (reading vocabulary) more than decoding ability.
Reading Comprehension Grade 1–Age 25:11 For the easiest items, the student reads a word and points to its corresponding picture. In following items, the student reads a simple instruction and responds by performing the action. In later items, the student reads passages of increasing difficulty and answers literal or inferential questions about them. Finally, the student rearranges five sentences into a coherent paragraph, and then answers questions about the paragraph.
Math Concepts & Applications Ages 4:6-25:11 The student responds orally to test items that focus on the application of mathematical principles to real-life situations. Skill categories include number concepts, operation concepts, time and money, measurement, geometry, data investigation, and higher math concepts.
Math Computation Grade K–Age 25:11 The student writes solutions to math problems printed in the Student Response Booklet. Skills assessed include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operations; fractions and decimals; square roots, exponents, signed numbers, and algebra.
Written Expression Ages 4:6-25:11 Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children trace and copy letters and write letters from dictation. At Grades 1 and higher, the student completes writing tasks in the context of an age-appropriate storybook format. Tasks at those levels include writing sentences from dictation, adding punctuation and capitalization, filling in missing words, completing sentences, combining sentences, writing compound and complex sentences, and, starting at Spring of Grade 1, writing an essay based on the story the student helped complete.
Spelling Grade 1–Age 25:11 The student writes words dictated by the examiner from a steeply graded word list. Early items require students to write single letters that represent sounds. The remaining items require students to spell regular and irregular words of increasing complexity.
Listening Comprehension Ages 4:6-25:11 The student listens to passages read by the examiner and then responds orally to questions asked by the examiner. Questions measure literal and inferential comprehension.
Oral Expression Ages 4:6-25:11 The student performs specific speaking tasks in the context of a real-life scenario. Tasks assess pragmatics, syntax, semantics, and grammar.
Phonological Awareness Grades K-6 The student responds orally to items that require manipulation of sounds. Tasks include rhyming, matching sounds, blending sounds, segmenting sounds, and deleting sounds.
Nonsense Word Decoding Grade 1–Age 25:11 The student applies phonics and structural analysis skills to decode invented words of increasing difficulty.
Word Recognition Fluency Grade 3–Age 25:11 The student reads isolated words as quickly as possible for one minute.
Decoding Fluency Grade 3–Age 25:11 The student pronounces as many nonsense words as possible in one minute.
Associational Fluency Ages 4:6-25:11 The student says as many words as possible in thirty seconds that belong to a semantic category or have a specified beginning sound.
Naming Facility (RAN) Ages 4:6-25:11 The student names objects, colors, and letters as quickly as possible.
Please note: The above information is from the KTEA II Comprehensive Examiner's Manual. ROUPINGS AND EXPLANATIONS OF THE WJIII SUBTESTS