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Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT)


Access: FREE/Open Access

evaluation focus

Expressive Vocabulary and Word Retrieval

applicable ages

Grade: K-12; 30+ months; 2.5+ years

available language(s)



Must be purchased


The Expressive Vocabulary Test, Third Edition (EVT-3) is an instrument that can be used to assess English-speaking expressive vocabulary and word retrieval. For a comprehensive assessment of English-speaking vocabulary, this tool can be used in conjunction with the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), a measure of receptive vocabulary.


Qualitative Analyses:

    • Vocabulary by part of speech
    • Home versus school vocabulary
    • Three-tier model of vocabulary
    • STEM vocabulary
    • Crossover vocabulary sampling with the PPVT

Scores Available:

    • Standard scores (age and grade based)
    • Percentiles
    • Normal curve equivalents (NCEs)
    • Stanines
    • Age and grade equivalents
    • Growth Scale Value (GSV)

Administration Format: paper/pencil

Total Time: 10-20 minutes


Reliability (Infographic, Pearson Assessments: Resources):

    • Internal Consistency:
        • Age – Form A: 0.88 – 0.98
        • Age – Form B: 0.89 – 0.97
        • Grade – Form A: 0.86 – 0.96
        • Grade – Form B: 0.89 – 0.97
    • Alternate Form: 0.83 – 0.91
    • Test-Retest: 0.94 – 0.97


Validity (Infographic, Pearson Assessments: Resources): differences nonclinical reference group less than 0.001 differences for language delay, language disorder, hearing impairment, or specific learning disability.


Available for Purchase: https://www.pearsonassessments.com/store/usassessments/en/Store/Professional-Assessments/Academic-Learning/Brief/Expressive-Vocabulary-Test-%7C-Third-Edition/p/100001982.html


Source: https://www.pearsonassessments.com/store/usassessments/en/Store/Professional-Assessments/Academic-Learning/Brief/Expressive-Vocabulary-Test-%7C-Third-Edition/p/100001982.html

supporting literature

Thomas-Tate, S., Washington, J., Craig, H., Packard, M. (2006) Performance of African American Preschool and Kindergarten Students on the Expressive Vocabulary Test. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 37, 143-149.
PDF: EVT – 1 – Thomas-Tate 2006
Link: https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/0161-1461(2006/016)?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%20%200pubmed

Restrepo, M.A., Schwanenflugel, P. J., Blake, J., Neuharth-Pritchett, S., Cramer, S.E., Ruston, H. P. (2006) Performance on the PPVT-III and the EVT: Applicability of the Measures with African American and European American Preschool Children. Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in Schools, 37, 17-27.
PDF: EVT – 2 – Restrepo 2006
Link: https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/0161-1461%282006/003%29

Ukrainetz, T.A., Blomquist, C. (2002) The Criterion Validity of Four Vocabulary Tests Compared to a Language Sample. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 18(1), 59-78.
PDF: EVT – 3 – Ukrainetz 2002
Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1191/0265659002ct227oa?journalCode=clta