The Woodcock-Johnson III NU Tests of Achievement (WJ-III NU ACH)

The WJ-III NU ACH is a standardized, nationally norm-referenced achievement test and is individually administered by a trained examiner. (It is a revised and expanded version of the WJ-R.) The Normative Update was published in 2007, which included over 8,000 individuals ages 2-90 years old, including undergraduate and graduate students. The test is oral in format and almost conversational in tone. I strive to keep the testing experience casual and non-intimidating for your child. The WJ-III Standard has 5 subtests and takes 60-90 minutes to administer, but the exam is not timed. The WJ-III Extended or Extended Plus takes 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours to administer. The Extended/Extended Plus tests have  9 or 10 subtests, depending on whether you wish to add the Academic Knowledge section, with three of the sections timed to measure fluency in Reading, Math, & Writing. The WJ-III NU ACH, in any version, can be administered year round and will assess K-Graduate grade level (>18.0) equivalency.

The WJ-III Standard is offered at a fee of $75 per student. The Standard testincludes 5 subtests that meet the MN Homeschooling Law's requirement for a standardized achievement test. Subtests include Letter Word Recognition (Reading Recognition), Passage Comprehension (Reading Comprehension), Applied Math (Math), Spelling and Academic Knowledge (Science, Social Studies, Humanities). Typically, kids take this test after they have topped the PIAT-R, but it can be used at any age. This test can be taken in person or via Skype-same fee structure applies.

The WJ-III Extended is offered at a cost of $150. This test is specified for admittance into various gifted programs and is offered to those who simply want a more in depth achievement assessment. The WJ-III Extended includes 9 subtests: Letter Word Identification, Reading Fluency, Passage Comprehension, Calculation, Math Fluency, Applied Problems, Spelling, Writing Fluency, & Writing Samples. (I offer this test 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 must be done in person.

The WJ-III Extended Plus is offered at a fee of $175.This version of the test meets the homeschooling testing requirement, by adding the Academic Knowledge section to the 9 subsections mentioned above.This section covers Science, Social Studies, & Humanities. This version of the test can be used for admission into various gifted programs, to meet your homeschooling testing requirement or to get a more in depth achievement assessment.This test must be done in person.

Mileage: A fee of $.60 per mile will be assessed for locations that are more than 15 miles from my home in St Paul.I do not charge for my return trip.

If you live beyond 15 miles from my home, please consider either utilizing Skype testing for the WJ-III Standard or coming to one of the Metro libraries such as the Eden Prairie, Brookdale (Brooklyn Center), Northtown (Blaine), Pierre Bottineau (NE Mpls) or Oxboro (Bloomington). There would be no additional mileage fee at these places.

Individual Testing

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 3-6 consecutive items, depending on the subtest.

You are welcome to join us for your child's testing session, but please refrain from commenting, rephrasing questions, taking notes, recording or reviewing incorrect answers after completion of the test. We want your child to be at ease and feel a sense of accomplishment upon completion of our session.


WJ-III NU 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.  Pronunciation is assessed.

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.

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.

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.

Applied Problems (Mathematics): The examiner reads story problems to the child who also has them in the test book to read along. There is no multiple-choice response set. The child must be able to analyze, recognize the procedure to follow and calculate the answer.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.Contextual sentences are provided.

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.

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.

Academic Knowledge: This subtest measures the child's general encyclopedic knowledge in the content areas of Science, Social Studies, & Humanities.Open-ended questions are read aloud and the child responds orally.Both reasoning and factual knowledge are needed to answer the items, but names and dates are not emphasized.


With the WJ-III NU ACH, no matter the form, a computerized Score Summary is generated to obtain the most accurate scoring profile. You will receive a Score Summary from me, via mail, within one week of our appointment.The WJ-III Standard yields Grade Equivalency & Percentile Scoring for each subtest area. A Brief Achievement score is given, which is a measure of Reading, Writing & Math.The WJ-III Extended/Extended Plus yields Broad Reading, Broad Math & Broad Writing Scores, each being a combination of 3 subtests.In addition to the traditional Grade Equivalency and Percentile Scoring, Total Achievement Scoring is provided.