Woodcock-Johnson V

The Trusted Classic, Completely Reimagined.

The Woodcock-Johnson V (WJ V) system is structured to offer customized, efficient, and flexible assessments that examiners need to accurately evaluate learning problems in children and adults. The WJ V is designed to measure intellectual abilities, academic achievement, and oral language abilities.

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Digital

Eliminates the need to manage physical test materials. Evaluations are easily accessible and web-based.

New Tests and Clusters

Designed to help examiners better assess comprehension, processing speed, executive functioning, and more.

Automated Scoring Accuracy 

Basal and ceiling rules are automatically implemented, ranging from 4-6, expediting the testing experience without sacrificing accuracy.

Streamlined Assessment

Preloaded tests help avoid any pause or delay in testing. Additionally, some introduction tasks are presented in video format.

Secure 

Examinee profiles can be shared and sent to those with proper permissions, facilitating a multidisciplinary team approach.

Digital

Eliminates the need to manage physical test materials. Evaluations are easily accessible and web-based.

New Tests and Clusters

Basal and ceiling rules are automatically implemented, ranging from 4-6, expediting the testing experience without sacrificing accuracy.

Streamlined Assessment

Preloaded tests help avoid any pause or delay in testing. Additionally, some introduction tasks are presented in video format.

Automated Scoring Accuracy 

Designed to help examiners better assess comprehension, processing speed, executive functioning, spelling, and more.

Secure 

Examinee profiles can be shared and sent to those with proper permissions, facilitating a multidisciplinary team approach.

Learn About the Two WJ V Pricing Models

Unlimited Subscription

The unlimited plan is specifically offered to schools/districts and unfortunately not available to independent practitioners. To be eligible for the unlimited plan, schools/districts will be prompted while checking out to provide an enrollment number for the previous school year. This enrollment number should match the enrollment reported to state or federal agencies.

  • Term: Annual
  • Model type: Unlimited
  • What do you get: Unlimited use of the WJ V Suite of Assessments (pending qualifications)
  • How it works:
    Pay for the total number of students within your school system based off total enrollment from the prior year

Subtest Subscription

  • Term: Annual
  • Model type: Usage Based
  • What do you get: A number of subtests to administer throughout the year
  • How it works:
    Pay for individual subtests on an annual basis, giving examiners the choice to choose any subtest, from any battery, for the same price (pending qualifications)

Note: The purchase minimum for the Subtest Subscription model is $200. For reference, this is 80 subtests.

Which Pricing Model Is Right for Me?

The Unlimited Subscription is for...

  • School Districts who frequently use the WJ Suite of Assessments
  • School Districts who regularly use the WJ Suite of Assessments and want to explore the new clusters and subtests 

The Subtest Subscription is for...

  • Independent clinicians who do not regularly work within a school setting
  • School Districts who infrequently use the WJ Suite of Assessments or only uses them as a supplementary measure

WJ V System Requirements

Operating System

Windows 10, 11

 

MacOS X 13 or higher

Web Browser

  • Current version Microsoft Edge
  • Current version Mozilla Firefox
  • Current version of Chrome
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Safari 16 and up
  • JavaScript must be enabled

Screen Resolution

Minimum: 1920 x 1080

Web Reports System Requirements (PC and Mac)

Ram

Internet/Network

8 GB RAM or more is recommended for optimal performance

High Speed Internet connection required

Student System Requirement for Online Testing

Operating System/Device

iPad 8th Generation or Newer

Web Browser

iOS 16 and up

Device Size

10.2 or higher

System Requirements for Optimal Performance (PC and Mac)

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended for optimal performance
  • Turn off automatic updates during the testing window

General

When are we releasing WJ V?

Q1 of 2025, likely in February or March.

Will we have a paper version of WJ V?

We have no plans to release a paper version and expect the digital version will be even better for customers.  

What are the norming dates for WJ V?

Data collection is based on the 2020 census. The first cases were collected in early 2022 and the final cases were collected in 2024. This time period encompasses norming cases, validity cases, and clinical study cases. Piloting of tests occurred in 2021.  

What reports will be available at launch?

The only report available at launch will be the score report and the data export. Other reports will follow such as our dyslexia report.  

With the release of WJ V, how long will WJ IV be supported?

WJ IV will still be supported for a few years after the release of the WJ V, although the exact timeline is unknown. Riverside will most likely move WJ IV out of print within 2-3 years, which is standard practice after the release of a new version. 

Test Content

What happened to the Oral Language battery? Can I still access those subtests? 

Yes, these are now included along with other tests as the NEW! Virtual Test Library.  

We have moved a lot of tests that were in the WJ IV Oral Language battery into the Achievement battery to better meet your testing needs for identification for special education. In addition, we have created new tests for the Virtual Test Library that include tests that assess cognition, achievement, and language, so we dropped the name “Oral Language” to ensure you explore the Virtual Test Library and see all the new and exciting content added throughout the suite of the Woodcock Johnson. We organized the Virtual Test Library (VTL) component to work together with, or independently from, the Cognitive and Achievement components to provide more in-depth diagnostic and strength and weakness information from the administered tests and clusters. 

 

Will the WJ V include tests from the ECAD?

 Tests from ECAD that will be in WJ V are: 

  • Verbal Analogies (early form in ECAD)

  • Number Sense (early form on ECAD) 

That said, these are not the same items necessarily as the WJ V is for ages 4 years, 0 months through adulthood. The ECAD tests in WJ V were designed for 4 years of age and older, so it’s still best to use the ECAD when assessing young children less than 4 years of age. 

When will the Batería be released?

The Batería release date has not yet been decided but customers can expect it to be released sometime in the next few years.  

Pricing

What database is used to verify enrollment for school districts?

We use the MDR Education database for student enrollment: https://mdreducation.com/news/mdr-freshest-education-data-in-industry/  This was the data we used to populate enrollment for each account in the spreadsheet. 

Will districts be allowed to purchase each model? For instance, departments within large school districts may want to buy unlimited (for Special Ed) and by Subtest (for Gifted and Talented)? 

Customers can purchase both models, for different organizations as needed. However, if they want to share data access between organizations, they must all be under one account. In the example above, that would mean if Special Ed / G&T would like access to each other’s student data in RI Score, they would need to decide jointly on a single model. This may change post-launch if there is enough customer demand, but no current plans. 

How much will WJ V cost?

We have two pricing models; unlimited and subtest subscriptions. For unlimited, schools and districts pay for the total number of students reported within the prior year for their district. This grants annual unlimited access to all WJ V products and training materials for only $0.75 per student.  

For subtest, schools and districts pay for individual subtests annually, giving administrators the choice to choose any subtest from any battery for the same price. They can use as many or as few subtests as needed, without paying for the ones not used during administration. Subtests are valid for one year and expire at the end of the subscription cycle. Users have the option to purchase additional subtests throughout the year but will have a single subscription date, based off the first purchase date (if you buy 100 subtests on January 1, and 25 more on March 1, all 125 subtests expire on December 31st of that year). Subtests cost $2.50 per subtest, with an order minimum of $200.  

Product Details

Could examinees use Chromebooks with touch screen capabilities instead of a tablet or iPad to complete the assessment?

When administering the WJ V, Riverside Insights recommends the examinee device to be an iPad with a screen size of 10” or larger, as that is how the test was standardized. Because the assessment is browser-based, we recognize the examinee can be on any tablet touchscreen device with a screen of 10” or larger and Riverside Insights cannot control the device used. Please note, using a tablet device other than an iPad on timed tests may result in differences in scores, based on the latency times of different devices. Riverside Insights strongly encourages the use of an iPad, especially on timed tests. 

Are customers going to be allowed to choose where to start basal? For instance a 3rd grader starting at 4th grade level – will this be allowed?

Yes, they will be able to customize starting points on a per tests basis. 

Is WJ V web or app based?

It is web-based meaning they log in online through the internet. The examiner laptop and examinee tablet also connect through the internet.  

Does WJ V allow for remote administration or is that something coming in the future? 

WJ V is designed to be administered in-person with an examiner on the laptop with a mouse and the examinee on a tablet. All data gathered in the norming study was gathered through an in-person administration.     

Riverside will conduct a small comparability study in the future to demonstrate that remote administration of the WJ V results in the same performance as an in-person administration. Although we have confidence that no changes will result in scores based on in-person vs remote administration, we do not yet have the data to demonstrate this. For the time being, we ask examiners to use their best judgment and choose the administration mode that best fits their session, knowing that remote administration may introduce a few changes, especially when a response book is used.   

Will users be able to access the test offline/if their school site has inconsistent Wi-Fi?

Unfortunately, at this time the WJ V will only be available in a browser-based setting, which means there is no offline app. We will explore an offline app in the future, but it will not be available at launch.   

New Features

Some of these new offerings will be released throughout 2025

  • Introducing a new voice capture feature which will improve scoring accuracy, particularly on time retrieval tasks.
  • The introduction to tasks on several tests are in a video format, allowing a standardized presentation.
  • Users can select the reason for referral and recommended clusters are automatically created, reducing time spent on test preparation. This feature will not be available at publication, but later in 2025.

New Tests

Not all new tests will be available at launch, and some names may change.

  • Matrices
  • Visual Working Memory
  • Symbol Inhibition
  • Rapid Phoneme Naming
  • Rapid Letter Naming
  • Rapid Number Naming
  • Rapid Quantity Naming
  • Magnitude Comparison
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Academic Facts
  • Oral Language Samples
  • Story Comprehension
  • Math Problem Identification
  • Paragraph Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Writing Accuracy
  • Letter Writing Fluency

New Clusters

Not all new clusters will be available at launch, and some names may change.  

  • Oral Language
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Brief Reading
  • Brief Math
  • Brief Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Number Concepts
  • Phoneme-Grapheme Knowledge
  • Spelling Skills
  • Retrieval Fluency
  • Long-term Storage
  • Auditory Working Memory
  • Phonemic Retrieval Fluency
  • RAN-Math
  • RAN-Reading
  • Auditory Memory Span

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General

When are we releasing WJ V?  

Q1 of 2025, likely in February or March.   

Will we have a paper version of WJ V?  

We have no plans to release a paper version and expect the digital version will be even better for customers.  

What are the norming dates for WJ V?  

Data collection is based on the 2020 census. The first cases were collected in early 2022 and the final cases were collected in 2024. This time period encompasses norming cases, validity cases, and clinical study cases. Piloting of tests occurred in 2021.    

What reports will be available at launch?  

The only report available at launch will be the score report and the data export. Other reports will follow such as our dyslexia report.

With the release of WJ V, how long will WJ IV be supported? 

WJ IV will still be supported for a few years after the release of the WJ V, although the exact timeline is unknown. Riverside will most likely move WJ IV out of print within 2-3 years, which is standard practice after the release of a new version. 

Test Content

What happened to the Oral Language battery? Can I still access those subtests?  

Yes, these are now included along with other tests as the NEW! Virtual Test Library.  

We have moved a lot of tests that were in the WJ IV Oral Language battery into the Achievement battery to better meet your testing needs for identification for special education. In addition, we have created new tests for the Virtual Test Library that include tests that assess cognition, achievement, and language, so we dropped the name “Oral Language” to ensure you explore the Virtual Test Library and see all the new and exciting content added throughout the suite of the Woodcock Johnson. We organized the Virtual Test Library (VTL) component to work together with, or independently from, the Cognitive and Achievement components to provide more in-depth diagnostic and strength and weakness information from the administered tests and clusters. 

Will the WJ V include tests from the ECAD? 

Tests from ECAD that will be in WJ V are: 

  • Verbal Analogies (early form in ECAD) 

  • Number Sense (early form on ECAD) 

That said, these are not the same items necessarily as the WJ V is for ages 4 years, 0 months through adulthood. The ECAD tests in WJ V were designed for 4 years of age and older, so it’s still best to use the ECAD when assessing young children less than 4 years of age. 

When will the Batería be released? 

The Batería release date has not yet been decided but customers can expect it to be released sometime in the next few years.  

Pricing

What database is used to verify enrollment for school districts?  

We use the MDR Education database for student enrollment: https://mdreducation.com/news/mdr-freshest-education-data-in-industry/  This was the data we used to populate enrollment for each account in the spreadsheet.    

Will districts be allowed to purchase each model? For instance, departments within large school districts may want to buy unlimited (for Special Ed) and by Subtest (for Gifted and Talented)?   

Customers can purchase both models, for different organizations as needed. However, if they want to share data access between organizations, they must all be under one account. In the example above, that would mean if Special Ed / G&T would like access to each other’s student data in RI Score, they would need to decide jointly on a single model. This may change post-launch if there is enough customer demand, but no current plans. 

How much will WJ V cost?  

We have two pricing models; unlimited and subtest subscriptions. For unlimited, schools and districts pay for the total number of students reported within the prior year for their district. This grants annual unlimited access to all WJ V products and training materials for only $0.75 per student.  

For subtest, schools and districts pay for individual subtests annually, giving administrators the choice to choose any subtest from any battery for the same price. They can use as many or as few subtests as needed, without paying for the ones not used during administration. Subtests are valid for one year and expire at the end of the subscription cycle. Users have the option to purchase additional subtests throughout the year but will have a single subscription date, based off the first purchase date (if you buy 100 subtests on January 1, and 25 more on March 1, all 125 subtests expire on December 31st of that year). Subtests cost $2.50 per subtest, with an order minimum of $20.

Product Details

Could examinees use Chromebooks with touch screen capabilities instead of a tablet or iPad to complete the assessment?  

When administering the WJ V, Riverside Insights recommends the examinee device to be an iPad with a screen size of 10” or larger, as that is how the test was standardized. Because the assessment is browser-based, we recognize the examinee can be on any tablet touchscreen device with a screen of 10” or larger and Riverside Insights cannot control the device used. Please note, using a tablet device other than an iPad on timed tests may result in differences in scores, based on the latency times of different devices. Riverside Insights strongly encourages the use of an iPad, especially on timed tests.  

Are customers going to be allowed to choose where to start basal? For instance a 3rd grader starting at 4th grade level – will this be allowed? 

Yes, they will be able to customize starting points on a per tests basis.

Is WJ V web or app based?  

It is web-based meaning they log in online through the internet. The examiner laptop and examinee tablet also connect through the internet.  

Does WJ V allow for remote administration or is that something coming in the future?  

WJ V is designed to be administered in-person with an examiner on the laptop with a mouse and the examinee on a tablet. All data gathered in the norming study was gathered through an in-person administration.     

Riverside will conduct a small comparability study in the future to demonstrate that remote administration of the WJ V results in the same performance as an in-person administration. Although we have confidence that no changes will result in scores based on in-person vs remote administration, we do not yet have the data to demonstrate this. For the time being, we ask examiners to use their best judgment and chose the administration mode that best fits their session, knowing that remote administration may introduce a few changes, especially when a response book is used.   

Will users be able to access the test offline/if their school site has inconsistent Wi-Fi?  

Unfortunately, at this time the WJ V will only be available in a browser-based setting, which means there is no offline app. We will explore an offline app in the future, but it will not be available at launch.   

Technical Specifications

Pricing

WJ V offers two simplified pricing models.

Unlimited Subscription

The unlimited plan is specifically offered to schools/districts and unfortunately not available to independent practitioners. To be eligible for the unlimited plan, schools/districts will be prompted while checking out to provide an enrollment number for the previous school year. This enrollment number should match the enrollment reported to state or federal agencies.  

  • Term: Annual
  • Model type: Unlimited
  • What do you get: Unlimited use of the WJ V Suite of Assessments (pending qualifications)
  • How it works:
    Pay for the total number of students within your school system based off total enrollment from the prior year

Subtest Subscription

  • Term: Annual
  • Model type: Usage Based
  • What do you get: A number of subtests to administer throughout the year
  • How it works:
    Pay for individual subtests on an annual basis, giving examiners the choice to choose any subtest, from any battery, for the same price (pending qualifications)

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