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The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) is a norm-referenced test designed to assess receptive vocabulary skills in children, adolescents, and adults. Though developed for use with a wide age range, the PPVT is often used in early childhood contexts due to the rapid development of receptive language in early childhood and its relevance to academic and learning outcomes. This entry provides a brief history of the PPVT, a description of the test, and a review of current uses of the test in research and applied settings.

A Brief History of the PPVT

The PPVT has a long and established history in psychoeducational assessment and early childhood education. The original version of the PPVT was published in 1959, followed by a revised edition in 1981 and a third ...

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