This test represents a very thorough reshaping of the Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills, Revised (by M. Gardner). The most obvious change is that there are no longer two "levels" of the test. TAPS-3 offers seamless coverage for ages 4 through 18 years. It measures what a person does with what is heard, and is intended to be used by speech-language pathologists and other testing professionals. Other differences are apparent in the details of the test structure. The order of subtests has been amended to reflect a developmental progression of tasks from easiest to most difficult. Four new subtests have been added: Phonological Segmentation, Phonological Blending, Auditory Comprehension, and Auditory Reasoning. New items were developed for many subtests, while some existing test items were retained. The content of other subtests has been completely revised. The subtests are: Word Discrimination, Word Memory, Phonological Segmentation, Sentence Memory, Phonological Blending, Auditory Comprehension, Numbers Forward, Auditory Reasoning. An optional Auditory Figure-Ground task has also been added as a supplemental subtest presented via CD to flag attention problems and give feedback about how the child's auditory processing system works in "real-world"situations.
It is an untimed test, can be completed in about one hour and scored in 15 minutes. Norms (for over 2000 students) are nationally stratified to match the demographics of the US Census. Subtests are reported as scaled scores, while cluster scores and the overall score are reported as standard scores; percentile ranks and age equivalents are also provided.
Nancy Martin & Rick Brownell
Ages 4-0 thru 18-11