The Oral Passage Understanding Scale (OPUS) assesses listening comprehension, a skill that is essential for classroom learning. The OPUS is designed to assess the comprehension of spoken language in a natural context.
Age: 5 to 21 years
Completion Time: 10 to 20 minutes
Administration: Individually administered; the examiner reads a passage and related questions aloud from a self-standing easel and the examinee responds orally—no reading or writing required
Norms: Based on a stratified sample of 1,517 individuals that is representative of the U.S. population in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, parent education level, and geographic region
Publication Date: 2017
Provide a cohesive evaluation across a broad range of language areas.
Determine how well a person can integrate and apply these skills.
Evaluate a person's ability to listen to passages that are read aloud and recall information about them.
Evaluate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge in three structural categories of language:
Measure memory skills, which are integral to listening comprehension.
Answer a variety of referrals (i.e., Can a student sufficiently understand and retain information heard in class?)
An excellent companion test to the CASL-2, use OPUS on its own to quickly measure listening comprehension.
Includes 17 passages, each with 7 to 10 associated questions.
Offers an in-depth picture of 14 spoken language skills.'
Each item set is based on examinee's age and ability, and has 5 passages and up to 44 items.
Passages are arranged in order of difficulty and are carefully crafted to offer a variety of content and styles.
OPUS components include a record form, easel, manual, and training audio files.
Standardization for the OPUS is based on a sample of 1,517 individuals ages 5 to 21 years.