Nov 23, 2012 by


Last Monday the day after posting my first article on PPVT/EVT vs. ROWPVT/EOWPVT I was reviewing previous testing on a student and couldn’t believe my eyes.  Only 3 year ago, a therapist actually used the PPVT/EOWPVT combo when assessing a student.  I haven’t seen that in years.

The comparison of the scores was PPVT 84 and EOWPVT 94.  General receptive skills fell in the average to below average range and general expressive skills fell almost consistently in the below average range.  This is the exact pattern we use to see in the old days.  Everything falling quite a bit lower than the EOWPVT.

Now the ROWPVT/EOWPVT was updated in 2011 so perhaps that pattern doesn’t show up anymore.  I just thought it was funny to see that right after putting the  PPVT/EVT vs. ROWPVT/EOWPVT article together I ran into this.

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  1. Alaska Pete

    I prefer the ppvt/evt combo as well. The last student I tested with both of those tests scored 16 points higher on the EVT than the PPVT. I checked and 3 years ago during previous testing the same thing happened with this child. I have seen this happen a couple of other times over the last few years, but not often. My question is do other SLPs see this happen? How is it possible? How can a child “know more” expressively than they do receptively? Perhaps it is related to some kind of auditory processing or attention deficit? Any insight regarding this would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Teresa Sadowski MA/SLP-ccc

      I hate when that happends And that was the problem with the ROWPVT and EOWPVT. However, every once in awhile I see this pattern. I read somewhere either in the manual or on another report that this really just means that the EVT was a better format for the student. However, I will consider the manner of performance on the EVT before making that statement in a report. If the students performance on the EVT was very scattered I will report that. However, I usually say in the meeting not necessarily in the report that the students receptive vocabulary skills are probably higher than the student was able to show on the PPVT. Just because of the design of the PPVT.

      I never state that the students expressive skills are higher than their receptive skills because that just doesn’t happen. I have seen that written in many many reports. I tend to write more of a narrative and try to explain why I thought they did better on the expressive tests and that their receptive skills are probably better than they were able to demonstrate.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment


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