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Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test

The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition (PPVT-4) assesses the receptive vocabulary for American English among children and adults from 2½ through 90 years and older. It is a useful aid in the diagnosis of reading disorders and language impairments across age ranges. This entry describes the testing procedures, historical development, and test validity and discusses the applications and limitations of the PPVT-4.

Testing Procedures

Test materials include an easel, protocols for two alternate forms (A and B), and a manual. The PPVT-4 Forms A and B are individually administered; each consists of training items and 228 test items. Each item has four enlarged full-color pictures that are presented on the easel as response options for the examinee. The administrator states a word from the protocol, and ...

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