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British Picture Vocabulary Scale

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SalVolatile Thu 31-Jan-08 16:32:26

Can anyone tell me what a result 'at the top of the high average range' actually means?? I have a significantly underperforming and very stroppy dd2 aged 5 and the school have been assessing her. What does 'high average' mean, if anything at all? Can that change in the future? Is it significant at all?


SalVolatile Thu 31-Jan-08 18:11:14

Bump??? Also, is this the same thing as a reading age or not? Would really appreciate some info.

magso Thu 31-Jan-08 18:50:13

This might be better in special educational needs (under education).
My son was assessed using this scale and others and it was explained to mean a measure of his verbal picture naming skills -vocabulary. A score in the average range means she has a vocabulary similar to other children of her age. There will be a rangeof scores, just as there is a range of heights for average height children. High ave means although she scored within the range for average ( ie normal) it was almost in the 'better than average' range. It is only one of the measures to assess childrens language skills, and yes it can change. Usually several different things are assessed, such as understanding instructions with 1/2/3 steps etc. AHTH and someone with technical knowledge comes along.

SalVolatile Thu 31-Jan-08 19:09:26

Thanks magso, I didn't realise there was somewhere else to post so I will try and move it!

sylkroad Sat 08-Mar-08 05:19:50

Here's an exerpt that I extracted from a research article when I was looking to understand the Standardized Scores of the BPVS. Here's to share with what I'd found:-

"The BPVS is a receptive language assessment of vocabulary. It assesses the
pupil's knowledge range and breadth of vocabulary knowledge. The pupil
hears the target word and points to the correct picture from a selection of four.
It does not assess semantic organisation.
Scores that fall between 85 and 115 are considered to be within the normal
range for the age. Scores between 70 and 84 are a cause for concern.
Scores of 69 and below indicate a significant difficulty.
Catherine de la Bedoyere Speech & Language Therapist May 2007"

neolara Sun 09-Mar-08 23:15:51

The BPVS is a test that looks at how good your child is at understanding individual words. The child is shown four pictures (e.g. a dog, a duck, a horse and a cow). The person testing your child then says a word (e.g. dog) and your child has to point to the picture that best describes the word. Obviously they get a lot harder than the example I gave.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with reading scores. However, BPVS scores apparently correlates quite highly with full scale IQ scores and so is sometimes used as a quick and VERY rough and ready way of looking at a child's intelligence (whatever intelligence is).

mays86 Wed 27-Jun-12 16:38:04

Can anyone give me any info on what it means if a 9 year old has recieved an age score of 3.11 on the BPVS.
She also recieved
NFER 6. 09
vernon spelling 5.01
Digit repetition 18 (centile)
School SENCO has given no advice and wont speake to me until september

EllenJaneisnotmyname Wed 27-Jun-12 17:14:20

You may get more answers with your own thread.

But, a score of 3 years 11 months on the BPVS at age 9 is obviously concerning.

The Vernon spelling test is a standard test of spelling used in many schools and a score of 5 years 1 month is low for a 9 year old.

Digit repetition is looking at her working memory, and the 18th centile means 18 children out of a hundred would score lower than your DD, 82 out of a hundred would score higher.

NFER do a lot of different tests, including CATS tests which are looking at potential intelligence, rather like an IQ test, which are usually reported with 100 being average, so I'm not sure what the 6.09 is, unless it's a standardised age score of 6 years 9 months.

cornysilk Wed 27-Jun-12 17:19:44

may - standardised scores are more accurate than age equivalents. Perhaps ask for them from SENCO and post again?
I would absolutely insist on an appt with the SENCO. What's the point of assessing a child if you aren't going to address the results?

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