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The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) is an individually administered, standardized, norm-referenced measure of receptive vocabulary. The PPVT is commonly used by evaluators in several professions, including psychology, neuropsychology, and speech and language pathology. Individuals with conditions relevant to clinical and abnormal psychology often demonstrate impairment in vocabulary, including performance on the PPVT. This entry describes the PPVT’s main features and potential uses, as well as how the test is administered and scored.

Description and Use of the PPVT

The PPVT has been updated several times since it was first developed and is in its fourth edition (PPVT-4). The PPVT consists of more than 200 test items grouped into several sets. The item sets are arranged progressively in terms of difficulty, beginning with easier items and progressing ...

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