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Walter C. Shipley, Ph.D.


Since its original publication in 1940, the Shipley Institute of Living Scale has been widely used to assess cognitive functioning and impairment. Revised and restandardized this test continues to offer a measure of both crystallized and fluid intelligence. It includes updated norms, an expanded age range that includes both children and adults between the ages of 7 and 89, and a new, nonverbal Block Patterns scale.

The Shipley-2 is an excellent choice whenever you need a quick estimate of cognitive ability. Brief and easily administered to individuals or groups, it is well suited to educational, clinical, rehabilitation, geriatric, neuropsychological, forensic, and human resource applications.

It is ideal for intake screening, assessing brain injuries, determining eligibility for disability benefits, measuring the effects of toxic exposure, guiding treatment and rehabilitation, informing educational or job placement decisions, identifying cognitive problems, and monitoring cognitive decline. Back to the top

How to Use the Asssessment
The Shipley-2 can be administered to individuals or groups in just 20 to 25 minutes, and scored in 5 minutes. The test produces standard scores for the scales administered, as well as percentiles, age-equivalents, and confidence intervals. It also provides a Composite score, which is formed by combining the Vocabulary score with either the Abstraction score (Composite A) or the Block Patterns score (Composite B). Composites A and B are interpreted very similarly. Both are standard scores that reflect overall cognitive ability.

The Shipley-2 provides a useful Impairment Index. Calculated only for adults, it represents the discrepancy between vocabulary and abstract thinking. Back to the top

Scales & Forms

  • Fluid Intelligence
  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Impairment
  • Crystallized Intelligence
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Walter C. Shipley, Ph.D.

Age Range 7–89

Administration Time 
20–25 minutes

Administration Type
  • Individual-administered
  • Group-administered

Qualification Level B




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