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Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales Fifth Edition for Early Childhood (SB5 EARLY)

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Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales Fifth Edition for Early Childhood (SB5 EARLY)

  • Publisher: Pro-Ed Inc
  • Grade Level: All
  • Item #: 13205

Price: $426.00   SRP: $426.00


Ages: 2-0 to 7-3 years (2-0 to 5-11 years for full battery; 6-0 to 7-3 years for abbreviated battery)

Times: 15 to 50 minutes (30-50 minutes for full battery, depending on age and ability; 15-20 minutes for abbreviated battery

Administration: Individual


  • Provides a lower cost version of the Stanford-Binet-Fifth Edition for preschool assessment
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of five factors of cognitive ability
  • Includes child-friendly toys/manipulatives
  • Includes
    an entire nonverbal/low-verbal section that requires minimal verbal
    response from the examinee useful for children with limited English,
    deafness/hard-of-hearing, autism, and other expressive-language
  • Offers low-end, easier items and toys for accurate measurement of low-functioning children
  • Includes a Test Observation Checklist to document behavior during testing
  • Offers a Parent Report to help facilitate communication with the child's parent, guardian, or caregiver

Valid and reliable assessment of intellectual functioning is an
important need in many preschool assessment practices. The
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales for Early Childhood, Fifth Edition
(Early SB5) is a specialized version derived directly from the
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales-Fifth Edition (SB5). It provides a
psychometrically superior, accessible, and cost-effective test of
intelligence for use with young children.


applications of Early SB5 are generally identical to those of SB5. The
primary difference is that Early SB5 is streamlined for ages 2-5,
covering the full range of abilities. However, for ages 6-7,
professionals seeking a broad assessment of early intellectual
giftedness should instead use the complete SB5. Early SB5 may be used
to (A) assess intellectual deficiencies, delays, and disabilities; (B)
assess developmental delays In the cognitive and language domains; (C)
use the nonverbal IQ sections to identify developmental disabilities in
children with limited English and other expressive language
difficulties; (D) plan interventions including individual family plans,
individual education plans; and (E) refer children for more extensive
pre-academic and neuropsychological evaluations.


Early SB5, like SB5, has ten subtests. Two subtests Nonverbal Fluid Reasoning (Matrices) and Verbal Knowledge (Vocabulary)
cover the age range 2-0 through 7-3 and provide initial scores for
tailoring the remaining test administration to the ability level of the
child. Toys, manipulatives and brightly colored illustrations help
engage young children. The remaining eight subtests offer scores in the
preschool range, from 2-0 through 5-11 to measure Quantitative,
Visual-Spatial, and Working Memory abilities. Testing begins in Item
Book 1 with the two initial subtests, which are retained in their
entirety and used to calculate an Abbreviated Battery IQ. All remaining
subtests are contained in Item Book 2. This provides a streamlined
administration compared to the 3 Item Book format of the full SB5. Each
Item Book is designed as an "easel" with illustrations and stimuli
facing the child and directions (including all examiner prompts,
materials layout, and scoring directions) conveniently facing the
examiner, as compared to other IQ measures that require a separate test
manual of directions. The Record Form guides the examiner through the
administration and provides familiar, easy-to-use scoring directions. In
the Early SB5, only the most difficult levels of items have been
dropped from the subtests in Item Book 2. Dropping these more difficult
items generally has no impact on the scores of the young children
typically assessed with Early SB5.

Scoring and Interpretation

The EARLY SB5 can be hand-scored or scored with the optional SB5 Online Scoring and Report System.
The scaled scores for the ten subtest scores are the familiar profile
scores used in other IQ measures with a mean of 10, and Standard
Deviation of 3 (range 1-19). These subtest scores combine to form four
types of composite scores: 5 factor indexes (Fluid, Knowledge,
Quantitative, Visual-Spatial, and Working Memory), 2 domains (Verbal and
Nonverbal), Brief IQ from 2 subtests, and Full Scale (each with scaled
score means of 100, SD=15 (range 40-160)). Two subtests (one verbal and
one nonverbal) combine to form each of the 5 factor indexes. There are
two domain scales: Nonverbal IQ (combines the five nonverbal subtests)
and Verbal IQ (combines the five verbal subtests). Two initial subtests
combine to form the Abbreviated Battery IQ. Finally, the Full Scale IQ
combines all ten subtests.

The newly developed Test Observation
Checklist identifies a range of behaviors that may serve as cautions for
behavioral or cognitive difficulties that may both affect the
examinee's performance on the test and his or her adaptation outside the
testing situation. The twenty-one areas of behavior addressed in the
checklist should be followed up through additional assessment including
observation, interview, or contact with parents, guardians, or other
caregivers. The Test Observation Checklist was developed in cooperation
with Dr. Glen Aylward of Southern Illinois School of Medicine, an expert
on infant and preschool assessment.

As with SB5, a variety of
interpretive frameworks may be applied to the results of this test. The
Examiner's Manual, Supplemental Interpretive Manual, and SB5 Online
Scoring and Report System provide guidance on interpretation.

Technical Information

The Early SB5 was normed sample of 1,800 individuals, which closely
matches the 2000 U.S. Census. Bias reviews were conducted on all items
for the following variables: gender, ethnicity, culture, religion,
region, and socioeconomic status. Early SB5 was co-normed with the
Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test, Second Edition (beginning at age 4)
and the Test Observation Form (beginning at age 2). Reliabilities for
Early SB5 are very high for scores across its age range: FSIQ (.97 to
.98), NVIQ and VIQ (.94 to .96), factor indexes (.90 to .92), and
subtests (.81 to .92). Extensive validity studies are reported in the
Test Manual and Supplementary Interpretive Manual.

COMPLETE EARLY SB5 (2005) KIT (with MANIPULATIVES KIT & CARRYING CASE) INCLUDES: Examiner's Manual, Item Book 1, Item Book 2, 25 Record Forms, and Manipulatives (also available separately, #13215), all in a sturdy canvas carrying case. (2003)

Small parts not for children under 3 years. This test includes certain
manipulatives with small parts that may present a choking hazard and
should only be administered to children less than three years of age,
under the close supervision of the test administrator. A trained adult
examiner must always closely supervise the administration of the test
and use of manipulatives by children.