Psychology/wais iv score


Hello, Im in my 60s and having recently taken the wais iv I find in this list of index scores that I range from 55%ile to 99.9%ile, Im wondering which of these indices reflects my true potential, the vci in this case would seem obvious, despite reduced fsiq. heres the list of standard index scores;

VCI 150; PRI 107; WM,102; PSI 108; FSIQ 123.

On wais iii, taken a few years ago;  
VCI 148; POI; 135; WM 117; PSI 103 FSIQ 141

I once had been prorated on a shortform test at around 150 iq, despite psycho/educational/social setbacks throughout childhood. My score on first wais test at age 20 of 106. So judging by these scores, it would seem my true potential is somewhat masked by such factors as anxiety, poor mastery of thought process, concentration etc. What is your expert opinion, does my VCI in this case, reflect my true ability level?  With thanks.

The wikipedia page for Weschler Adult Intelligence Test gives an excellent explanation of all of these subscores.

Actual academic performance and professional and personal success are not well correlated with IQ scores.  It is not really accurate to look at one of the subscores as measuring your "true ability".  Each of these subscores measures a different kind of cognitive processing.  It is very possible to be superior in one area and average in another.  The FSIQ is the full scale IQ, which takes into account all of the subscores.  AT 141, that is a superior score.  Your subscores indicate that you have strength in verbal comprehension and perceptual organization.  Processing speed is average.

You are a very bright person, but you process information at an average rate.

Hope this helps.


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