## What is digit span Wisc-V?

As on the WAIS-IV, WISC-V introduces Digit Span Sequencing, which requires children to sequentially order the numbers presented by the examiner. All three tasks must be given in order to calculate the overall Digit Span scaled score, which is required to calculate the WMI and FSIQ.

## What does digit span measure on the WISC-IV?

Digit span is a measure of working memory. To complete the task children need to hold and manipulate (reverse) a series of numbers in their minds. The memory demands increase by requiring children to repeat larger sets of numbers.

**How is RDS digit span calculated?**

As mentioned, RDS is an embedded measure that is obtained from the Digit Span subtest and is calculated by summing the maximum number of digits forward with the maximum number of digits reversed when both trials have been passed (Greiffenstein et al., 1994).

### How is digit span test scored?

The item score is the sum of the scores on the two trials for that item (range=0-2). The total raw score for backwards digit span is the sum of the item scores; maximum backwards digit span total raw score is 16 points.

### What is a malingering test?

Tests of Memory Malingering (TOMM) The TOMM is a recognition memory test that utilizes symptom validity testing (SVT), forced-choice, and floor-effect detection strategies. As a forced-choice SVT, the TOMM presents the respondent with two alternatives per test item, allowing for a 50% chance of choosing correctly.

**What does the Rey 15 measure?**

The Rey 15 Item Test is highly specific but insensitive measure of feigned memory impairment or effort. The research supports limiting the use of this test to persons who have sustained mild to moderate TBI. Persons with known memory impairment, MR, and very low IQ perform poorly on FIT.

#### What is digit span?

Digit Span is a test of verbal short-term memory. Can you memorize a phone number for long enough to write it down? How about two phone numbers at the same time? Digit Span tests your ability to remember a sequence of numbers that appear on the screen, one at a time.

#### What are the normed scores for the digit span assessment?

Whereas the normed scores for the other assessments are based on a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15, the Digit Span assessment was normed against a distribution that has a mean of 10 and a standard deviation of 3. Norms are only available for the total score. The norms are published in the WISC manual (Wechsler 1974: 118-150).

**What is the overall completion rate for digit span?**

The norms are published in the WISC manual (Wechsler 1974: 118-150). The overall completion rate for Digit Span in the most recent survey rounds is between 79 and 86 percent, a slight drop from previous rounds.

## How can we improve our digit span?

In one study, by training a volunteer to use complex chunking strategies over the course of 20 months, scientists were able to increase digit span from 7 to a massive 79 items (Ericcson et al, 1980)! Our colleagues have studied the underlying brain activity involved in chunking.