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Expressive Language Test-Second Edition: Normative Update (ELT-2:NU)

Authors: Linda Bowers, MA, CCC-SLP / Rosemary Huisingh, MA, CCC-SLP / Carolyn LoGiudice, MA, CCC-SLP / Jane Orman, MA, CCC-SLP

  • Spoken Language
  • Ages 5 to 11
  • Testing Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Individual Administration
  • Qualification Level B

The ELT-2:NU measures spoken language expression and flexibility. The language skills tested are those commonly identified by researchers, teachers, and clinicians as the most predictive of classroom learning difficulty. The results can help identify those children with true expressive language disorders and reduce the chance of over-identification. The ELT-2:NU has four subtests:

  • Sequencing: measures narrative ability. A low score is an important predictor of academic strength.
  • Metalinguistics: measures awareness of, and ability to express, the meanings of words and to use those words in context. Students with expressive language disorders may not have the vocabulary or know how to focus more discretely on the set of features that belong to a word, to do well on these tasks.
  • Morphology/Syntax: measures the ability to repair a grammatical or syntactical error and rearrange words into a sentence. Deficits in these areas affect a students ability to communicate meaningfully.
  • Defining Categories: measures the ability to give verbal definitions and is well recognized as a strong correlate of academic success and literacy attainment.

Administration and Scoring
Administration takes only 30-40 minutes. Scaled scores are provided for subtests; standard scores are provided for the Expressive Language Index (formerly the Total Score).

Reliability and Validity

  • Cronbachs alpha values ranged from 0.78 to 0.83 for the subtests and was 0.93 for the Expressive Language Index.
  • An Expressive Language Index cutoff score of 90 resulted in a sensitivity of 0.72 and a specificity of 0.79 and a ROC/AUC of 0.72, differentiating between students who have a language impairment and those who do not.

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    Test Kit: Examiner's Manual, Stimuli Book, Picture Sequence Cards, and 25 Examiner Record Booklets


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    See Also... (Sold Separately)


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    Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test-4 (EOWPVT-4)



    Test of Expressive Language (TEXL)



    Oral and Written Language Scales-II (OWLS-II)



    Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR)



    Social Language Development Test-Elementary: Normative Update (SLDT-E:NU)



    Social Language Development Test - Adolescent: Normative Update (SLDT-A:NU)


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