CREVT-3 Comprehensive Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary Test, Third Edition
What do you think this test measures? If there were a U.K. version would you use it?
notes by Sue Partridge
What it measures:
- Receptive vocabulary
- Expressive vocabulary
- But only for spoken language, not necessarily for reading
- Receptive = matching a spoken word to a picture (multiple choice). It is like naming as in rapid naming tests.
- Expressive = being able to give a meaning of a word and talk about that meaning in some detail. So, this is like the WRIT Vocabulary subtest.
- A general vocabulary index is calculated by combining the two sub scores
- It compares scores for ages 5 – 89, so giving a standardised score, based on an overall sample of 1535 subjects, USA, 2011.
Possible limitations, even if there were a UK version:
- How good are the pictures; is it easy to link the image with the word?
- Is the word base used representative enough to be able to generalise to all vocabulary?
- How do children/adults find out about meaning (what counts as knowing a word?)
- It doesn’t say if the test is timed; is articulation, rapid naming ability a factor?
- What about memory (OK for receptive subtest, because it is multiple choice, but the expressive subtest is open ended.)?
- What about life experience? The Matthew Effect: the more you read the more words you know? What if people have vocabulary for specialist subjects but not for general?
- Is it interesting to know how wide a vocabulary people have? What does it predict? Can it say whether children will be good at language/literacy acquisition? Does it tell us anything about dyslexia?
What are the alternatives to tests like this???
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