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Phonological Assessment Battery

Helping you identify pupils with phonological difficulties

Identification

Six tests designed to sample different aspects of phonological processing

Intervention

Inform further teaching and intervention programmes

Inclusive

Can be used with EAL and dyslexic children

PHAB and PHAB2

PHAB2

Helping you identify pupils with phonological difficulties

PhAB2 Primary offers a comprehensive battery of tests that help assess phonological awareness in children aged 5 -11 years. An essential toolkit for SENCOs, specialist teachers and educational psychologists, it helps identify the phonological difficulties some children encounter in learning to read. In turn, this allows appropriate intervention to be provided to help improve underlying literacy skills.

This latest edition has been newly standardised, and in addition to the original subtests, PhAB2 Primary also includes four new subtests that reflect the latest research in phonological awareness.

PhAB2 Primary includes targeted testing ranges for 5-6 and 7-11 year olds, providing more sensitive tests and a greater understanding of a child’s phonological strengths and weaknesses. If you are looking for an assessment for 11-14 year olds, take a look at the Phonological Assessment Battery (PhAB).

PhAB2 Primary subtests

PhAB2 Primary has made revisions to the six subtests contained in the previous version:

  • The Alliteration Test – assesses a child’s ability to isolate the initial sounds in single syllable words.
  • The Naming Speed Tests – assesses a child’s speed of phonological production. These tests include the Picture Naming Test and the Digit Naming Test.
  • The Rhyme Test – assesses a child’s ability to identify the rhyme in single syllable words.
  • The Spoonerisms Test – assesses whether a child can segment single syllable words and then synthesize the segments to provide new words or word combinations.
  • The Fluency Tests – assesses a child’s retrieval of phonological information from long-term memory.
  • The Non-Word Reading Test – assesses a child’s ability to decode letter strings.

PhAB2 Primary also includes four new subtests:

  • Blending - combining sounds to make a spoken word
  • Phonological Working Memory - a child's ability to use their short term memory for phonological segments
  • Phoneme Segmentation - separating spoken words into their constituent phonemes
  • Phoneme Deletion - the ability to anticipate how a word would sound if one phoneme is deleted

Why use PhAB2 Primary?

  • It enables you to accurately identify areas of difficulty with phonological awareness
  • It allows you to assess in detail and plan appropriate interventions
  • The new design and illustrations make it even more appealing to children
  • It has been newly standardised to reflect the most up-to-date phonological abilities of children in the UK
  • It is an ideal follow-up assessment for pupils with low scores in any phonics screening or literacy test.

 

PHAB

Developed by a group of expert researchers and psychologists, led by University College London, the Phonological Assessment Battery (PhAB)is designed to assess phonological processing in individual children. It is a practical measure that identifies children aged 6-14 years who have significant phonological difficulties and need special help in processing sounds in spoken language.

It is appropriate for use with bilingual children or children with English as an Additional Language and also includes data on special studies completed for children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).

PhAB comprises six standardised tests, all designed to sample different aspects of phonological processing:

  • The Alliteration Test – assesses a child’s ability to isolate the initial sounds in single syllable words.
  • The Naming Speed Tests – assesses a child’s speed of phonological production. These tests include the Picture Naming Test and the Digit Naming Test.
  • The Rhyme Test – assesses a child’s ability to identify the rhyme in single syllable words.
  • The Spoonerisms Test – assesses whether a child can segment single syllable words and then synthesize the segments to provide new words or word combinations.
  • The Fluency Tests – assesses a child’s retrieval of phonological information from long-term memory.
  • The Non-Word Reading Test – assesses a child’s ability to decode letter strings.

Due to the diagnostic nature of the results provided, PhAB can also be used to inform further teaching and intervention programmes to help with the child’s specific phonological difficulties.