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shipley institute of living scale- second edition (shipley-2)

Shipley Institute of Living Scale- Second Edition (Shipley-2) provides a brief, robust measure of crystallized and fluid cognitive ability covering a wide age range

32118 Shipley-2 Software Kit
32118P Shipley-2 Paper/Pencil Kit
32118V Shipley-2 Vocabulary AutoScore Forms, Pk/25
32118A Shipley-2 Abstraction AutoScore Forms, Pk/25
32118B Shipley-2 Block Patterns Forms, Pk/25


Provides a brief, robust measure of crystallized and fluid cognitive ability

Walter C. Shipley, Ph. D.

  • Age Range: 7-89 years
  • Time: 20-25 minutes

Since its original publication in 1940, the Shipley Institute of Living Scale has been widely used to assess cognitive ability and impairment. Revised and restandardized, with updated norms and expanded age range, a nonverbal Block Patterns Scale and unlimited-use computer scoring. Brief, and easily administered to individuals or groups, it is well-suited to educational clinical, rehabilitation, geriatric, neuropsychological, forensic and human resource applications.

Because if is straightforward and brief, the Shipley-2 is an excellent choice for quick screening for cognitive dysfunction, or to qualify participants for research studies. It also functions well as a component in complex assessments in neuropsychological, clinical and forensic settings. 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; monitoring cognitive decline, and more.

A Brief Measure of Crystallized and Fluid Abilities

  • Crystallized Knowledge – gained through education and experience
  • Fluid Reasoning – the capacity to use logic to learn and acquire new information or solve problems

Because if assesses both kinds of ability, the Shipley-2 can be used, not only to obtain a quick estimate of overall intelligence, but also to reveal cognitive impairment. Reearch shows that crystallized ability is relatively stable, while fluid reasoning is affected by aging, injury and psychopathology. By uncovering discrepancies between the two, the Shipley-2 can detect evidence of cognitive deterioration.

The Shipley-2 measures Crystallized Ability through a 40-item Vocabulary Scale. Each item requires the respondent to match the target word to one of four choices, that is closest in meaning.

To assess Fluid Ability, the Shipley-2 offers two options. The Abstraction Scale presents 25 sequence-completion items. The new Block Patterns Scale includes 12 multiple-choice items, based on the well-known Kohs Cube designs.

The test produces standard scores for the scales administered, as well as percentiles, age- equivalents and confidence intervals. It also provides a Composite score, formed by combining the Vocabulary score with either the Abstraction Score of the Block Patterns score. In addition, the Shipley-2 provides a useful Impairment Index. Calculated only for adults, it represents the discrepance between Vocabulary and Abstract Thinking.

Unlimited-Use Administration and Scoring CD
Convenient and user-friendly, on-screen Shipley-2 administration duplicates the paper-and-
pencil test experience, but eliminates the need for test forms. Scoring time is reduced, and errors are minimized (both for paper/pencil and computer administrations). Scale and composite scores are calculated instantly. Vocabulary, Abstraction and Block Patterns scales can be administered individually, or in any combination; timed or untimed. A clear, accurate, complete record of test results, including a graphical representation of standard scores and percentile ranks for each scale, and for the Composite Scales is provided. The Shipley-2 can also be paper/pencil administered, then computer scored. Requirements: PC with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista or Windows 7.

Continuing Education Credit available by completing, and returning, the CE Questionnaire and Evaluation Form.

The Shipley-2 Software Kit includes the unlimited-use Scoring CD, 20 Vocabulary AutoScore Forms, 10 Abstraction AutoScore Forms, 10 Block Paterns Forms and the Manual. The Paper/Pencil Kit includes all items previously listed, except the Scoring CD.