• The examiner determines the longest sentence length (in number of words) for items in a test.  This is based on the child’s mean length of utterance in words.

  • The examiner also selects the total word count for a sentence test: 80 words (short form) or 160 words (long form). For example, for a short form, a child with a mean length of utterance approximating three words would be presented with 16 two-word and 16 three-word sentences (80 words) [view sample test transcript].  For a long form, a child with a mean length of utterance approximating seven words would be presented with 4 two-word, 5 three-word, 6 four-word, 7 five-word, 6 six-word and 6 seven-word sentences (160 words) [view sample test transcript]

  • To minimize the effect of listener familiarity, the software restricts selection of the items within a given test in that only function words (articles, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, verb auxiliaries) are allowed to be repeated, while content words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) are not.



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