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Nelson Education > Assessment > Bilingual Verbal Ability Test
 

Bilingual Verbal Ability Test

CATEGORIES: Ability, Speech and Language

AUTHOR: Ana F. Munoz-Sandoval, Jim Cummins, G. Alvarado, Mary L. Ruef (2005)

RANGE: 5 to Adult

TIME: 20-30 minutes

 

SUMMARY

Provides a measure of overall verbal ability for bilingual individuals

The Bilingual Verbal Ability Tests (BVAT) are intended for measuring bilingual verbal ability, or the unique combination of cognitive/academic language abilities possessed by bilingual individuals in English and another language. The need for this test is based in the reality that bilingual persons know some things in one language, some things in the other language, and some things in both languages. Traditional procedures only allow the person's ability to be measured in one language, usually the one considered to be dominant. Examiners intuitively realize that these individuals know "more" than they can show on these monolingual approaches.

New BVAT norms (2005) were introduced in the Normative Update edition, BVAT-NU.

 

PURPOSE

The BVAT provides a technically sound procedure for combining the person's knowledge in English and the native language, thus yielding a better estimate of his/her verbal ability. It may be administered either by one examiner who is fluent in the individual's two languages, or, alternatively, by a primary and ancillary examiner team when a bilingual examiner is not available. The procedure for using the primary/ancillary examiner team is described in detail in the manual that accompanies the test.

The BVAT can be used for a variety of purposes in bilingual education and clinical assessment. It can be used for entry and exit criteria for bilingual programs. It can be used to assess the academic potential of bilingual students through a comparison of his or her current level of English language proficiency to his or her bilingual verbal ability.

CONTENT

The Bilingual Verbal Ability Tests are comprised of three subtests from the Woodcock-Johnson-Revised Test of Cognitive Ability; Picture Vocabulary; Oral Vocabulary, and Verbal Analogies. These three subtests have been translated from English into several languages. The languages available in BVAT are:

 

Arabic
Japanese
Chinese (two forms)
Korean
English
Navajo
French
Polish
German
Portuguese
Haitian-Creole
Russian
Hindi
Spanish
Hmong
Turkish
Italian
Vietnamese
 

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

When using the BVAT, the examiner administers the three subtests in English first. Any item that was missed is then administered in the native language. If the person gets that item correct in the native language, it is added to the score for that subtest. The end result is a raw score that reflects the individual's knowledge in both languages. The raw score is then converted to derived, normative scores.

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INTERPRETATION

The BVAT provides an overall score (BVAT) which can be used to determine an individual's overall level of verbal ability. For comparative purposes, the BVAT also provides a measure of English language proficiency. The BVAT yields an aptitude measure that can be used in conjunction with the WJ-R Tests of Achievement.

A Scoring and Interpretive Program is included with each test kit. This program automates all scoring procedures and provides a narrative report of the individual's bilingual verbal ability, English language proficiency, and language use and exposure. When used with the WJ-R Tests of Achievement, the achievement test results are scored and aptitude/achievement discrepancies are calculated and interpreted. The program determines and explains whether any identified discrepancy is related to limitations of English language proficiency.

 

COMPLETE BVAT-NU TEST KIT

Includes Test Easel Book with English Subtests, 16 Sets of tests with one of each language, Storage Container, Software, Manual, Multipack of 25 Forms, 11 Spanish, 7 of the 7-language Form, 2 of the French/Russian Form, and one of each remaining language.

 

 

COMPONENTS ISBN PRICE
(Cdn. $)
Complete BVAT-NU Kit (for Windows only) 9-20965 $1799.00
Training Video Kit (video and sample exercises) 9-20884 $137.85

 

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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BVAT-NU UPDATE PACKAGE

If you already have the earlier BVAT kit (1998), and if you wish to move to the new 2005 norms, consider the following package.   It extends the print materials from the 1998 version, and it includes new software on CD-ROM (Windows only) plus a Technical Supplement..

 

 

COMPONENTS ISBN PRICE
(Cdn. $)
BVAT-NU Update Package (for Windows only) 9-20960 $340.00

 

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notices.

 

 

BUILD YOUR OWN BVAT

If you want the flexibility to order specific languages, or multiple copies of a certain language, we have created the Build-Your-Own BVAT option. This option requires that you purchase the English Test Book Kit below, as well as the individual language(s) and test record package(s) that you need. Each English test kit will hold up to five additional languages.

 

Step 1: English Test Kit (required for all BVATs)

 

COMPONENTS ISBN PRICE
(Cdn. $)
English Kit, (includes Easel, English Test Pages, Manual, Windows software) 9-20966 $435.00

 

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Step 2: Languages

Choose the language(s) you want. Each test easel book will hold English plus up to 5 additional languages.

 

COMPONENTS ISBN PRICE
(Cdn. $)
Arabic Test Pages 9-20821 $184.00
Chinese Simplified Test Pages 9-20822 $184.00
Chinese Traditional Test Pages 9-20823 $184.00
French Test Pages 9-20824 $184.00
German Test Pages 9-20825 $184.00
Haitian-Creole Test Pages 9-20826 $184.00
Hindi Test Pages 9-20827 $184.00
Hmong Test Pages 9-20753 $184.00
Italian Test Pages 9-20828 $184.00
Japanese Test Pages 9-20829 $184.00
Korean Test Pages 9-20816 $184.00
Navajo Test Pages 9-20770 $184.00
Polish Test Pages 9-20831 $184.00
Portuguese Test Pages 9-20832 $184.00
Russian Test Pages 9-20833 $184.00
Spanish Test Pages 9-20834 $184.00
Turkish Test Pages 9-20835 $184.00
Vietnamese Test Pages 9-20836 $184.00

 

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Step 3: Test Records

Choose the appropriate test record package(s) for the language(s) you have selected above in Step 2.

 

 

COMPONENTS ISBN PRICE
(Cdn. $)
Multi-Package of 25 (includes seven of the 7-language test records, two of the French/Russion test records, eleven Spanish test records, and one of each of the other test records) 9-20837 $88.50
Package of 25 7-language Test Records (Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Turkish) 9-20880 $88.50
French/RussianTest Records (Pkg. 25) 9-208 83 $88.50
Haitian-Creole Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20885 $88.50
Hmong Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20741 $88.50
Italian Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20887 $88.50
Japanese Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20888 $88.50
Navajo Test Records (Pkg 25) 9-20763 $88.50
Portuguese Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20891 $88.50
Spanish Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20893 $88.50
Vietnamese Test Records (Pkg. 25) 9-20895 $88.50

 

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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