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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 23rd April 2012

Description of the Test:

There are four individual assessments in this kit: The Standard Progressive Matrices Plus (SPM+), the Mill Hill Vocabulary Scale (MVS), the Coloured Progressive Matrices (CPM) and the Crichton Vocabulary Scale (CVS). They are arranged in pairs with the SPM+ and MVS forming one battery (aimed at an age range of 7-18 years) and the CPM and CVS (ages 4-11) forming the other. Tests have been developed as short non-verbal (SPM+ and CPM) and verbal (MVS and CVS) screening measures of general ability in educational and clinical settings. The CPM-CVS battery is only administered individually whereas the SPM+/MVS battery can be administered individually or within a group setting. The SPM+ and CPM are test instruments that were originally devised in the nineteen thirties with a first publication date of 1938. There have been a number of revisions and re-standardisations with the current 2008 version including new normative data from a representative UK sample. They have been widely used in a number of countries. The SPM+ and CPM tests comprise stimulus items in a book form with a separate answer grid and marking acetate. The responses are lines on the answer grid indicating the appropriate answer. No words or writing is involved. The MVS and CVS are incorporated in the student answer booklet. Some items require multiple choice responses, others are open ended and written. There is a comprehensive administration manual.

Authors: J.C. Raven, J.H. Court, J. Raven

Test Publisher: Pearson Assessment

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