Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC™-II NU)

Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC™-II NU)

Key Information


Alan S. Kaufman, PhD, Nadeen L. Kaufman, EdD


A culturally fair ability test for all the children you serve. An individually administered measure of cognitive ability.

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Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC™-II NU)


The KABC-II NU updates the normative data for the existing KABC-II product. It maintains the strengths of the current product while providing updated normative information that reflects the changing population of children in the United States. The KABC-II NU Manual Supplement provides detailed information on the new standardization sample and includes the new normative tables.

For current KABC-II customers, you do not need to purchase a new kit. The only new items needed are the KABC-II NU Manual Supplement (25047) and the KABC-II NU Record Forms (25041). The KABC-II NU Norm Update Supplement will come with a sticker you can place on the KABC-II Manual to remind you to utilize the norms from KABC-II NU Manual Supplement. The KABC-II NU Manual Supplement is currently available for pre-order and will be available in early 2018.

The same KABC-II easels, manual, stimulus and manipulative materials will be utilized with the KABC-II NU.

For new customers, KABC-II NU kit will contain everything needed to begin using the KABC-II NU.

For more information on the normative update, please see the FAQ tab.

The choice is yours

The KABC-II NU has a broad theoretical base, making it the instrument of choice for all cognitive assessment applications. This test provides detailed, accurate information and unprecedented flexibility. The test fairly assesses children of different backgrounds and with diverse problems, with small score differences between ethnic groups.

A test of exceptional cultural fairness

KABC-II NU subtests are designed to minimize verbal instructions and responses. This gives you in-depth data with less “filtering” due to language.

Also, test items contain little cultural content, so children of diverse backgrounds are assessed more fairly. You can be confident you’re getting a true picture of a child’s abilities—even when language difficulties or cultural differences might affect test scores.

Dual theoretical model gives you options

With the KABC-II NU, you can choose the Cattell-Horn-Carroll model for children from a mainstream cultural and language background. Or if Crystallized Ability would not be a fair indicator of the child’s cognitive ability, you may choose the Luria model which excludes verbal ability. Administer the same subtests on four or five ability scales. Then, interpret the results based on your chosen model. Either approach gives you a global score that is highly valid and that shows small differences between ethnic groups in comparison with other comprehensive ability batteries. In addition, a nonverbal option allows you to assess a child whose verbal skills are significantly limited.

A range of scales and subtests gives you a detailed picture of cognitive ability

KABC-II NU scales and their subtests include:


  • Triangles
  • Face Recognition
  • Pattern Reasoning (ages 5 and 6)
  • Block Counting
  • Story Completion (ages 5 and 6)
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Rover
  • Gestalt Closure

Sequential/ Gsm

  • Word Order
  • Number Recall
  • Hand Movements


  • Pattern Reasoning (ages 7–18)
  • Story Completion (ages 7–18)


  • Atlantis
  • Atlantis Delayed
  • Rebus
  • Rebus Delayed

Knowledge/Gc included in the CHC model only

  • Riddles
  • Expressive Vocabulary
  • Verbal Knowledge

Helps answer the referral question

The KABC-II NU helps you get the information you need to answer questions such as, “Why is this student not performing like other children?” and “What can we do to help?” The KABC-II NU approach provides insights into how a child receives and processes information, helping you pinpoint cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, fully normed and validated supplemental subtests are offered to allow hypothesis testing. And when an ability/achievement comparison is needed, the KABC-II NU is linked to the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3).

Fun to take, easy to administer

Best of all, children enjoy the tasks that make up the KABC-II NU! Because most subtests engage children by using novel and colorful stimuli or manipulatives, it’s easy to administer the test battery. Examinees focus easily on the activities, so you know results reflect their best efforts. And that means more efficient testing and more accurate, useful data.

Do you test bilingual examinees who speak both Spanish and English?

Although the Knowledge/Crystallized Ability subtests must be administered in English, correct responses in other languages are given credit. The KABC-II NU provides correct Spanish-language responses and teaching text on the easels and record form. This makes scoring easier and more accurate.

If you are currently using Q-global for scoring and reporting, KABC-II NU information will automatically show up in Q-global. New assessments administered after the KABC-II NU is released will automatically use the updated normative information. Please see the FAQ tab for more information.

Two options for scoring and reporting the KABC-II NU are available on Q-global.

Q-global™ Web-based Scoring and Reporting – Enables you to quickly and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

The first option is to pay per-report. Customers who administer the KABC-II NU only a few times each year, or those who want the flexibility to pay only as the assessment is used, may prefer this option.

The second option is to select an “unlimited use” subscription, where one user of the KABC-II NU gets unlimited scoring and reporting for one, three, or five years depending on the selected term of the subscription. This may be a better option for customers who administer the KABC-II NU several times each year—and don’t want to worry about keeping track of their report expenses.

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Identifying Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses: Using KABC-II NU

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD, HSP-P

    The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC™-II NU: 2018) maintains the strengths of the KABC-II while providing updated normative information that reflects the changing population of children in the United States. Clinicians who use the KABC-II know that the subtests were designed to minimize verbal instructions and responses to allow for a fair assessment of all examinees, including examinees from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Clinicians especially value the dual-theoretical foundation of the instrument – the Cattell-Horn Carroll (CHC) psychometric model of broad and narrow abilities, and Luria’s neuropsychological theory of processing.

    This webinar will review features of the KABC-II that support interpretation from two different but complementary perspectives, and that allow clinicians to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

    Date: Mar 01, 2018

    pdf PDF: Identifying Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses: Using KABC-II NU

  • The KABC-II and its role in finding the answers

    Presenter: Dr. Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, EdD, NCSP

    From referral question to diagnostic impressions, Dr. Elaine Fletcher Janzen will discuss the strengths of the KABC-II and the insight it delivers within a comprehensive evaluation through two very different case studies.

    Date: May 03, 2011



Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

  • What was the normative sample for the KABC-II NU?
  • Is the KABC-II NU linked to the KTEA-3?
  • What do I need to buy if I already have a KABC-II Kit?
  • What do I need to buy if I am a new KABC customer?
  • Do I need a new Q-global Scoring Subscription for the KABC-II NU?
  • Do I need to purchase a separate code for individual Q-global KABC-II NU Score Reports?
  • Can I still see historically completed KABC-II Assessments with the old norms in Q-global?