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Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, 2nd edition (KABC - II NU)

Work | Abilities | Emotional Intelligence | Leadership and Managerial Roles

The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition (KABCTM-II) usesminimal verbal instructions and responses to assess children’s cognitive abilities. Test items also contain little cultural content, so children of diverse backgrounds are assessed more fairly, making it better suited for contexts such as South Africa.

With the KABC-II, a Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) model for children can be chosen from a mainstream cultural and language background, or if Crystallized Ability would not be a fair indicator of the child’s cognitive ability, the Luria model which excludes verbal ability may be chosen. Administration of the same subtests on four or five ability scales can be done. Interpretation is then done based on the chosen model, which gives a global score that is highly valid and that shows small differences between ethnic groups in comparison with other comprehensive ability batteries. In addition, a nonverbal option allows assessment of a child whose verbal skills are significantly limited.


  • Simultaneous (Gv) –consists of the Triangles, Face Recognition, Pattern Reasoning, Block Counting, Story Completion, Conceptual Thinking, Rover and Gestalt Closure subtests
  • Sequential(Gsm) –consists of the Word Order, Number Recall and Hand Movements subtests Planning (Gf) –consists of the Pattern Reasoning and Story Completion subtests
  • Learning (Glr) –consists of the Atlantis, Atlantis Delayed, Rebus and Rebus Delayed subtests
  • Knowledge (Gc)–(only included in the CHC model) - consists ofthe Riddles, Expressive Vocabulary and Verbal Knowledge subtests


School settings.

Clinical settings to assess neurological status


Since the KABC is currently hand-scored, no electronic report options are available.


Although South African norms do not yet exist for the KABC, JVR Psychometrics welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients in conducting research studies in their organisations.

Basic info



Age range

Individuals ages 3 - 18 years

Administration time

25 - 70 minutes (model dependent)

Comparison group

Global norms

Language availability


Scoring options


Integrated report options


Additional info

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