Dunn, L. And D.M. Dunn. Article Review

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The advantages of the PPVT-III are that it provides a quick estimate of the individua;'s verbal intelligence and can be administered to groups with reading problems or cognitive developmental issues. Because the individual may either speak or point to one of the four pictures that best fits the verbal clue, it is also useful in rehabilitation after brain or other injuries, but who have good hearing or vision skils. The test seems to also have high interest value, and is "fun" enough to establish appropriate rapport between the examiner and the client. The test is also useful when assessing the English vocabulary level of ESL students.

Documentation with the test cautions that vocabular is acquired knowledge that does have strong theoretical relationships to cognitive abilities, there is a difference between vocabular and verbal development. The scale is not designed, then, to predict future academic achievement, but only individual scores based on a slice of time. Of course, the test cannot be used on the blind or deaf population, but may be accurately used with various forms of retardation.
However, as the author's notes, most of the illustrations for the first 50 items or so use children engaged in certain behaviors. Under certain circumstances this may or may not be acceptable to adults with learning or cognitive disabilities.

As notes, scoring is quick and easy, and within minutes after the completion of a test, an assessment may be made and graphed. Another positive for ease of use within schools is the maner in which the test is packaged. It uses a small set of materials, all laminated; with the picture cards easily shown and yet strong enough for multiple uses. In fact, it is easy to see why the test has remained a standard for over fifty years, and is likely to….....

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