Jack L. Talley, PhD
The CAVLT-2 measures auditory verbal learning and memory abilities-processes commonly disrupted in learning disabilities and brain trauma. This test is designed to be used with children and adolescents ages 6.6-17.11 years as part of a comprehensive psychoeducational or neuropsychological assessment battery.
The CAVLT-2 is composed of one recognition and two free-recall memory word lists designed specifically for young people. The first free-recall word list is presented for five trials. The second free-recall test is presented as an interference list, after which the individual is asked to recall words from the first list. Following a brief delay, retention is assessed by a second recall test of the words from the first list. Finally, words from a new recognition list are presented; the individual must decide whether each word was included in the original free-recall word list.
The CAVLT-2 yields measures of immediate memory span, level of learning, immediate recall, delayed recall, recognition accuracy, and total intrusions. The CAVLT-2 scores for each trial may now be obtained and base rate tables are included for standard score comparisons. Scores are reported as both percentiles and normalised standard scores. Performance profiles for both learning trials and CAVLT-2 summary scores can be plotted on the test booklet.
Normative data are provided for 12 age groups and include learning trial scores. Results from generalisability and validity studies are contained in the Manual. Four case studies, including a learning-disabled sample, are also presented.
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