Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Third Edition (PPVT-III)

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Third Edition (PPVT-III)


Lloyd M. Dunn, Leota M. Dunn


Quick, easy, and reliable vocabulary assessment.

Age Range:

2:6 - 90

Completion Time:

10-15 minutes


Age-based standard scores (M = 100, SD = 15), percentiles, NCEs, stanines, and age equivalents.

Publication Date:


The PPVT-III test offers many enhancements to a vocabulary that has been well respected for 50 years. This edition has been co-normed with the Expressive Vocabulary Test, allowing you to make direct comparisons. Quick and easy to administer, the PPVT-III saves you valuable time – so that you can focus on implementing successful interventions.

PPVT sets the standard

PPVT-III is the leading measure of receptive vocabulary for standard English and a screening test of verbal ability. This individually administered, norm-referenced instrument is offered in two parallel forms— IIIA and IIIB—for reliable testing and retesting. PPVT-III features:

  • Objective and rapid scoring
  • Quick administration time of 10 to 15 minutes
  • Clear black-and-white line drawings
  • No reading or writing required of examinee
  • National norms extended to include ages 2-6 to 90+ years
  • Items reviewed by a multicultural panel
  • Numerous stimulus words: 204 items in each form
  • Items arranged in 17 sets of 12 items each for more efficient and accurate application of basal and ceiling rules
  • Easel tabbed for quick access to item sets
  • Many illustrations for better gender and ethnic balance
  • Items administered by complete sets—once you begin a set, you administer every item in that set
  • Basals and ceilings established by sets, not by consecutive items

Technical References

Looking for a helpful supplement to PPVT-III? This resource book is packed with technical information on the history of the PPVT. You learn about detailed development decisions on each revision, the process used for minimizing item bias, standardization details, validity information, research summaries, and more. Perfect for in-depth training, analysis, or research projects.

Culturally Fair

“…the PPVT-III is a culturally fair instrument that is appropriate for use with this (African-American) population. “ — Julia A. Washington and Holly K. Craig

From article: “Performances of At-Risk, African American Preschoolers on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III”. This article is in Vol. 30 of Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.The article begins on page 75 and ends on page 82.

Keep parents and caregivers informed

The new Letter to Parents and Report to Parents provide an inexpensive and efficient way to communicate and meet requirements for parental involvement.

Additional Tool: The Bridge of Vocabulary

Read about The Bridge of Vocabulary.

Grade-based norms booklet

A new grade-based norms booklet is available. It includes grade-based scores for kindergarten to grade 12, Fall and Spring.


Internal consistency
Alpha: .92 to .98 (median: .95)
Split-half: .86 to .97 (median: .94)
.88 to .96 (median: .94)
.91 to .94 (median: .92)


The PPVT-III has an average correlation of .69 with the OWLS Listening Comprehension scale and .74 with the OWLS Oral Expression scale. Its correlations with measures of verbal ability are: .91 (WISC-III VIQ), .89 (KAIT Crystallized IQ), and .81 (K-BIT Vocabulary). The Technical References supplement compares PPVT-III scores of eight special populations (speech impaired, language delayed, language impaired, mentally retarded [child and adult], reading disabled, hearing impaired, and gifted) with demographically matched control groups.

Training Video/DVD for the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test—Third Edition (PPVT-III)

Kathleen Williams
Narrated by Kathleen Williams, PhD, NCSP.

Learn more about administration and interpretation of the popular PPVT-III. Noted author Kathleen Williams, Ph.D., NCSP, presents this detailed training. 31 minutes long, this program is available in VHS and DVD formats, and discusses:

  • Background
  • Materials
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Age Calculation
  • Administration
  • Scoring
  • Dos and Don’ts
  • Recording and Score Conversion

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