Woodcock Johnson III (ACH) Form C


The WJ-III Form C/Brief Battery has 9 subtests which we administer in 3 versions and can take roughly 20 minutes to 2 hours to administer, depending on the version as well as the needs of the student.  A brief description of each subtest is given below.

The problem with most standardized testing is that some students need less time and some need more time.  The beauty of this test is that each student gets exactly the time he needs, not rushed to finish, nor waiting for others to finish.   The WJ-III Form C/Brief Battery is not a timed test, though there are 3 sections: reading fluency, math fluency, and writing fluency; that are timed (3/3/7 minutes).  Depending on the version administered, a student may not have one of these sections, or all 3.  Most students do not find this problematic, as the sections are brief.

This test is non-bracketed, which means that a child can rise to his or her ability, rather than being confined to questions at their chronological grade level.  Each child is assessed using the material appropriate to age and level of accomplishment, working toward higher material until he/she answers incorrectly 6 consecutive items, finishes the subtest, or time runs out, depending on which subtest.

Any version can be administered year round and will assess K-Graduate grade level equivalency, which can be used to monitor student progress and academic growth.

The Brief Reading/Writing Test is offered at a fee of $75 which includes 4 subtests (Letter-Word Identification, Calculation, Reading Fluency, and Math Fluency) and can be used to meet the GA homeschool requirement for a standardized achievement test.  This test typically takes 20-40 minutes, with 2 timed sections of 3 minutes each.

The Brief Intra-Achievement is offered at a fee of $125 which includes 6 subtests (Letter-Word Identification, Applied Problems, Spelling, Passage Comprehension, Calculation, and Writing Samples) and can be used to assess a broader range of student achievement achievement, including writing.  This test typically takes 30-90 minutes and there are no timed sections.

The Broad Intra-Achievement is offered at a fee of $150 and is s a more in depth achievement assessment including all 9 subtests:  Letter Word Identification, Applied Problems, Spelling, Passage Comprehension, Calculation, Writing Samples, Reading Fluency, Math Fluency, and Writing Fluency.  This test is offered at a fraction of the cost of most Educational Psychologists who typically provide package pricing that includes mandatory consultation, testing, and educational planning.  This test typically takes 1-2 hours, with 3 timed sections totaling 13 minutes.


With the WJ-III Form C/Brief Battery, no matter the form, a computerized Score Summary is generated to obtain the most accurate scoring profile. You will receive a Score Summary, via mail or email (your preference), within one week of the test administration.

The The Brief Reading/Writing Test yields Grade Equivalency & Percentile Scoring for each subtest area.  No other composite score is available.

The The Brief Intra-Achievement yields Brief Achievement, Academic Skills, Academic Applications, each being a combination of 3 subtests.  In addition, the traditional Grade Equivalency and Percentile Scoring is provided.

The The Broad Intra-Achievement yields each of the scoring options as the Brief Intra-Achievemnt, as well as:  Broad Reading, Broad Math, Broad Writing, Math Calculation, Written Expression, and Academic Fluency.  In addition, the traditional Grade Equivalency and Percentile Scoring, along with Total Achievement Scoring, is provided.


WJ-III ACH Subtests

Letter Word Identification (Reading Recognition):  This is an oral test of reading skills.  The subject reads words aloud from an increasingly difficult vocabulary list.

Applied Problems (Mathematics):  The examiner reads story problems to the child who also has them in the test booklet to read along. There is no multiple-choice response set. The problems do not require paper and pencil to calculate, but the child is allowed to use scratch paper.

Spelling:  The examiner dictates increasingly difficult spelling words to the child, who writes them down on the paper provided.  No contextual sentence is provided.

Passage Comprehension (Reading Comprehension):  This subtest measures the child’s understanding of what was read.  The child reads a sentence silently and then decides on a specific word needed in the blank to make the sentence complete. Vocabulary level increases throughout the section.

Calculation (Mathematics):  The student is given a worksheet of calculations to complete of increasing difficulty.

Writing Samples:  Given a picture to respond to, the child is asked to write descriptive sentences following any directions included with each item. Scoring is based on the quality of the child’s writing from Superior to Inadequate.

Reading Fluency:  This section is timed for 3 minutes.  The child reads simple sentences and circles “Y” or “N” on an answer sheet, responding accurately to as many items as possible in the allotted time.

Math Fluency:  This section is timed for 3 minutes.  The child is given several sheets of simple math calculations, responding accurately to as many items as possible in the allotted time.

Writing Fluency:  This section is timed for 7 minutes.  The child is asked to write simple sentences using a short list of stimulus words indicated.  The goal is to write as many complete sentences as possible in the allotted time.

Guide to interpreting results.