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Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, 5th Edition (PPVT-5)

Douglas M. Dunn, PhD

A norm-referenced and individually administered measure of receptive vocabulary based on words.

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Technical Information

Age range: 2:6 - 90+Years

Qualification level: B

Year: 2018

Administration time: 10-15 Minutes

Administration type: Paper/pencil or Digital

Works well with EVT-3 and BOV2


Main Research Goals for PPVT–5:

  • Maintain the basic format of the PPVT–4 (e.g., two parallel forms, selection of stimulus word from four-picture layout)

  • Update normative data

  • Refine the digital applications that will maintain the basic qualities of the PPVT–4 (e.g., ease of administration and response capture, brief administration time, accurate scoring)

  • Refine items (for Form A and Form B) so that stimulus words and picture stimuli may be applied to different cultures within the US in the current day

  • Simplify the administration process to save time

  • Include item analyses that provide an assessment to intervention connections


Uses & Applications

Applications of PPVT–5:

  • Measure receptive vocabulary acquisition

  • Contribute useful information when assessing receptive vocabulary, as part of a language evaluation, across the lifespan

  • Contribute useful information when screening or assessing strengths and weaknesses in the specific domain of semantics (i.e., word knowledge) and the general area of language development

  • Directly compare receptive and expressive vocabulary when you also administer the EVT-3

  • Move immediately into evidence-based interventions using those embedded directly into and linked into the Q-global system


How can I buy PPVT-5?

PPVT-5 will be sold in paper/pencil and digital formats. Digital formats include:

  • Digital scoring and reporting via the Q-global system

  • Digital stimulus books and manuals via the Q-global system

  • Digital administration and scoring via the Q-interactive system



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Q-interactive is Pearson's web- and iPad-based system for interactive, seamless assessment, scoring, and reporting. With Q-interactive, administer interactive assessments with an intuitive, portable system that uses two iPads connected by Bluetooth. The examinee views test stimuli on one iPad; you use the other iPad to access test administration directions and verbal stimuli, control visual stimuli, and record and score responses. 



Q-global is Pearson's web-based system for accessing digital resources for assessment, scoring, and reporting. PPVT-5 will have digital stimulus books and a digital manual available for purchase. Scoring is purchased separately. You have the option to purchase an unlimited-use 1-, 3-, or 5- year scoring subscription or individual score reports. Quantity discounts are available.

Important note: Each scoring subscription is per user and will begin on the date the first subscription from the order is allocated to the user(s) in the Q-global account.

Soon after you place your order and the product is released, you will receive an email informing you that your PPVT-5 digital Manual, Stimulus Book, and/or scoring are available on the Q-global platform. 

Learn more about the PPVT-5 by watching this brief overview. The video covers an overview of the PPVT-5, research goals, uses and applications, and digital options.

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Beyond Vocabulary Scores: Interpreting Results from the PPVT-5 and EVT-3
This webinar will compare the input, processing, and output demands of the tasks on the PPVT-5 and EVT-3 and show how the task demands inform the interpretation of the test results
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The Importance of Assessing Vocabulary PPVT 5 & EVT 3 Administration & Scoring
The new PPVT-5 and EVT-3 are designed to provide special educators and clinicians with information on a child's vocabulary skills. This webinar showcases the updated PPVT-5 and EVT-3, administration procedures and scoring.
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