Relationship of education and IQ in the WAIS--R standardization sample

Joseph D. Matarazzo, David O. Herman

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Analyzed years of schooling as compared to WAIS--R scores in each of the 1,880 Ss used to standardize the test. Results show a progressive increase in mean Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) from individuals who completed 8 or fewer years of education (FSIQ = 86.4) to individuals who completed 9-21 yrs (FSIQ = 96.4), 12 yrs (FSIQ = 100.1), 13-25 yrs (FSIQ = 107.4) and 16 or more years of education (FSIQ = 115.3). In a further analysis, 600 16-24 yr old Ss included in the sample were excluded because they had not yet completed their education. Results show that the correlation between education and FSIQ was .63 for 500 24-44 yr old Ss and .62 for 730 45-74 yr old Ss. It is suggested that when other information is available, years of schooling may be used in clinical neuropsychological practice as a rough estimate of premorbid WAIS--R IQ. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-634
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1984


  • WAIS-R scores, 16-74 yr olds in standardization sample, implications for clinical neuropsychology
  • yrs of schooling &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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