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Reynolds Intellectual Screening Test

Randy W. Kamphaus, PhD, and Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD

Measures general intelligence quickly
Paper and pencil
Age range:
3 years to 94 years
10-15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

» A new edition of the RIST is now available!

Derived from the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS), this brief screening measure helps you quickly identify individuals who need a more comprehensive intellectual assessment.

Two types of intelligence are measured

  • The RIST comprises a verbal subtest (Guess What) and a nonverbal subtest (Odd-Item Out), which were selected from the RIAS using theoretical, empirical, and practical considerations.
  • Guess What is a classic measure of crystallized intelligence, whereas Odd-Item Out shares characteristics with fluid intelligence.
  • Both subtests have good psychometric properties and similarly good factor analytic and criterion-related validity evidence, and both can be efficiently administered and scored.

Results are psychometrically sound and easy to compare

  • Percentile ranks, 90% and 95% confidence intervals, T scores, z scores, NCEs, and stanines are available. RIST norms are based on the RIAS normative sample of 2,438 individuals.
  • For the RIST Index, the median reliability coefficient is .95, test-retest reliability is .84 (corrected for restriction of range), and the median SEM is 3.35. These data suggest that the RIST functions well as a first or second screening gate.
  • The RIST Index is highly correlated with the FSIQs of the WAIS®-III (.67) and the WIAT® mathematics (.69), language (.67), and Total Composite (.66) scores.
  • Within a clinical group analysis, individuals diagnosed with mental retardation or dementia had mean RIST Index scores in the mid-70s, indicating that the RIST can effectively differentiate between individuals with and without intellectual impairment.