This collection of 10 subtests, providing Nonverbal, Verbal, and Full Scale IQ scores and other diagnostic indexes, offers highly reliable assessment of intellectual and cognitive abilities, based on a large normative sample of 4,800 individuals, ages 2 to 85+. Under the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004), the SB5 provides a comprehensive profile of scores to document the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of children, adolescents, and adults with learning difficulties, delays, and disabilities.
- One half of the test has nonverbal content that requires no (or minimal) verbal responses from the examinee.
- Pairs of SB5 subtests measure five cognitive factors—Fluid Reasoning, Knowledge, Quantitative, Visual-Spatial, and Working Memory—more than other competing IQ measures.
- The 5 subtests in the Nonverbal section are useful in assessing individuals with Limited English Proficiency, deaf and hard of hearing conditions, nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and autistics spectrum disorders.
- SB5 is one of the major instruments in assessment of intellectual giftedness and extensive high-end items are included to ensure measurement of high levels of gifted performance.
- SB5 also measures low levels of intellectual functioning because it includes many toys and improved low-end items for better measurement in the low functioning range.
- Valid measurement of abilities into the elderly years is provided by enhanced assessment of memory.
- Modernized artwork and item content were included
- Child-friendly manipulatives make the SB5 a popular choice for preschool testing
- The SB5 is easy for examiners to learn and administer
The SB5 has a display box filled with blocks, toys, chips, and other manipulatives that engage the attention of children and examinees of all ages. The test is easy to learn because it is administered in an “easel” format—with three 9” by 6” Item Books that fold into an “A-frame” easel. Each page of the Item Books has illustrations on one side for the examinee and detailed directions for the examiner on the other side. Each item has the spoken directions that examiners read in boldface type, along with other directions for using manipulatives, scoring guidelines, and correct answers. So, examiners do not need a separate manual to read while arranging stimuli and manipulatives. The Item Books include the following:
- Item Book 1 has the Matrices and Vocabulary subtests used as the initial assessment or Abbreviated Battery IQ
- Item Book 2 has the nonverbal subtests, arranged according to levels of difficulty, from Level 1 to 6—used to adapt the test to the examinee’s ability (based on the initial Matrices subtest of Item Book 1). These levels are clearly marked with a colored border on the bottom of the pages. Levels allow the test to be tailored to the examinee’s ability, saving time and making the assessment accurate and reliable.
- Item Book 2 has the verbal subtests, again arranged in levels of difficulty. The examinee begins at the level suggested by the Vocabulary subtest in Item Book 1.
The Record Form was designed to match the widely used format of other IQ tests and guides the examiner through the initial subtests, the Nonverbal sections, and Verbal sections in that order.
The SB-5 can be hand-scored or scored with optional scoring software.
The SB-5 Scoring Pro is a Windows-based software program that replicates the process of hand-scoring - users enter background information, age, and raw scores. This program provides consistency in raw score conversion, an extended score report, a graphical report, and a brief, narrative summary report with guidelines and suggestions based on well-established principles of assessment. The report can be exported and then imported to a word processing file for editing as necessary. Minimum System Requirements: Windows 98 / NT4.0 / ME / 2000 / XP, Pentium 200 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM (96 MB recommended), CD-ROM or DVD drive, SVGA monitor (.NET-compatible video card), and 100 MB free hard disk space.
The Interpretive Manual provides detailed guidelines for the effective interpretation of the SB-5 for a number of applications, including its use by psychologists active in school, clinical, and counseling settings. Case studies, profile analyses, and SB-5 Scoring Pro reports provide concrete examples of interpretation.