ROWPVT-4 Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test -4

Author: Nancy A. Martin, PhD / Rick Brownell, MA



Purpose: Assesses English Hearing Ability
Age: 2yrs through to 80+
Admin: individual
Time: 20 minutes


Qualification Level: 

The Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test, 4th Edition (ROWPVT-4) now features norms through geriatric ages (80+). The ROWPVT-4 is an individually administered, norm-referenced assessment of how well persons age 2 years 0 months to over 80 years can match a word that is heard (in English) to objects, actions, or concepts presented in full-color pictures (in a multiple-choice format). The ROWPVT-4 features additional items for younger children as well as for older adults.

The test now consists of 190 items presented in a developmental sequence (based on the 2010 normative sample) that reflects the concepts with which people currently have experience through home, school, or media. The expanded norms allow use of the test with adults in various diagnostic, rehabilitation, or therapeutic settings. The ROWPVT-4 has been co-normed with the EOWPVT-4 to provide a comprehensive assessment of expressive and receptive vocabulary.

What's new in this edition?

  •     Expanded age norms; oldest norms group (80+) includes persons up to 103 years
  •     New images for youngest and oldest ages
  •     Updated word list
  •     Updated developmental sequence of images
  •     More words added for youngest ages
  •     Readjusted starting points
  •     Ability to use test with young adults, older adults

What's still true about the test?

  •     Easy to use items are arranged in one continuous developmental sequence (no groupings to keep track of)
  •     Can be used with non-speaking (but still communicative) persons
  •     Co-normed with EOWPVT-4 to give complete picture of receptive naming vocabulary
  •     Continues to focus on confrontation naming using mainly nouns - keeps interpretation clear and direct
  •     Test format / administration retains the same efficient features as previous edition
  •     Is appropriate to use with all ethnicities (all were included in the norming sample)
  •     Comparisons made for special populations: AD/HD, Autistic, Learning Difficulties.
  •     Normative sample matches US Census demographics on region, metropolitan area, ethnicity, gender, education level

Can now use test with adults!

It can be used with persons who have experienced:

  •     stroke,
  •     concussion,
  •     traumatic brain injury,
  •     neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, etc.).

Administration and Scoring

The examinee indicates (by pointing or saying) the correct colour picture (out of four presented) that matches the word spoken by the examiner. Age-related starting points and ceilings (reached when the examinee makes a set number of consecutive errors) ensure that only a subset of items (the critical range) is administered.

The ROWPVT-4 is untimed and can be administered in about 20 minutes. Scoring is easy and straightforward, generally taking less than 5 minutes. Raw scores are reported as standard scores, percentile ranks, and (if necessary) age equivalents.

ROWPVT-4 Kit Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test -4

ROWPVT-4 Kit Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test -4

ROWPVT-4 Kit includes Test Manual, Test Plates and 25 Record Forms. Qualification Level:  B 


ROWPVT-4 Manual

ROWPVT-4 Manual

ROWPVT Test Manual. Qualification Level:  B 
ROWPVT-4 Test Plates

ROWPVT-4 Test Plates

ROWPVT-4 Test Plates Qualification Level:  B 
ROWPVT-4 Record Forms (pack of 25)

ROWPVT-4 Record Forms (pack of 25)

Pack of 25 ROWPVT-4 Record Forms Qualification Level:  B