Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Verbal Comprehension Index

  • Rael T. LangeEmail author
  • Sara M. Lippa
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1071


VCI; Verbal comprehension scale (WAIS-IV)


A score derived from administration of selected subtests from the third and fourth edition Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) and the fourth edition of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI). The Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI) is designed to provide a measure of verbal acquired knowledge and verbal reasoning.

Current Knowledge

Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WIS)

The WIS family of tests are some of the most widely used test batteries to assess general intellectual ability in adults aged 16 years or older (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; WAIS), children aged 6–16 years (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; WISC), and children aged 2–7 years (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence; WPPSI). Since the original development of these tests (WAIS, 1955; WISC, 1949; WPPSI, 1967), all three batteries have been revised on several...

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Further Reading

  1. Atkinson, L. (1991). Some table for statistically based interpretation of WAIS-R factor scores. Psychological Assessment, 3(2), 288–291.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Kaufman, A. S., & Lichtenberger, E. O. (2006). Assessing adolescent and adult intelligence (3rd ed.). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
  3. Sattler, J. M. (2008). Assessment of children: Cognitive foundations (5th ed.). San Diego: Author.Google Scholar
  4. Tulsky, D. S., Saklofske, D. H., & Zhu, J. (2003). Revising a standard: An evaluation of the origin and development of the WAIS-III. In D. S. Tulsky et al. (Eds.), Clinical interpretation of the WAIS-III and WMS-III (pp. 43–92). San Diego: Academic Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defense and Veterans Brain Injury CenterWalter Reed National Military Medical CenterBethesdaUSA