Psychoeducational Profile-3 (PEP-3)
Authors: Eric Schopler, PhD / Margaret D. Lansing / Robert J. Reichler, MD / Lee M. Marcus
- Communication Disabilities
- Ages 6 months through 7 years
- Testing Time: 45-90 minutes
- Individual Administration
- Qualification Level B
This popular test assesses the skills and behaviors of young children with autism and communication disabilities. Because it charts uneven and idiosyncratic development, emerging skills, and autistic behaviors, the PEP-3 is particularly useful in planning IEPs. The PEP-3 directly assesses skills in 10 Performance areas:
1. Cognitive Verbal/Preverbal
6. Visual-Motor Imitation
2. Expressive Language
7. Affective Expression
3. Receptive Language
8. Social Reciprocity
4. Fine Motor
9. Characteristic Motor Behaviors
5. Gross Motor
10. Characteristic Verbal Behaviors
In addition, a Caregiver Report provides a parent or caregiver estimate of the child's developmental level compared with typical children. The report consists of three subtests: Problem Behaviors, Personal Self-Care, and Adaptive Behavior.
Administration and Scoring
The PEP-3 takes 45 to 90 minutes to complete. Raw scores for the Performance subtests and Caregiver Report are converted to percentile ranks and Developmental/Adaptive Levels. Composite scores for Communication, Motor, and Maladaptive Behaviors can also be calculated.
Reliability and Validity
- Internal consistency values ranged from 0.92 to 0.98 for the Performance Test and from 0.84 to 0.90 for the Caregiver Report.
- Test-retest correlations for the Caregiver Report were above 0.94.
- Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the three-factor design of the PEP-3 significantly fit the data.
WARNING - CHOKING HAZARD: Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. This test includes manipulatives with small parts that may present a choking hazard and should only be administered to children less than 3 years of age under close supervision of the test administrator.