British Picture Vocabulary Scale

In Assessment Tools on August 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm
A measure of receptive vocabulary for standard English, which helps you to identify children who have difficulty in accessing vocabulary.
Author(s): Lloyd M Dunn, Leota M Dunn, Chris Whetton and Juliet Burley
Suitable For:Teachers, SENCOs, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists
Age Range:3 – 15 years 8 months
Timings:5 – 8 minutes
The British Picture Vocabulary Scale (BPVS) can be used as an initial screener to show the extent of a child’s English vocabulary acquisition and is ideal as a baseline measure for children starting nursery or school. This method of assessment does not require any reading, speaking or writing – the child simply points to the picture cards.

The British Picture Vocabulary Scale:

  • Provides a standard age score and a receptive vocabulary age equivalent
  • Contains 168 reliable test items, including a wide variety of stimulus words
  • Offers separate norms for pupils who have English as an additional language

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