Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition
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Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition


Overview: A measure of receptive vocabulary for Standard American English

Age Range: 2:6 - 90+Years

Completion Time: 10-15 Minutes

Scores/Interpretation: Interpretations: Age- and grade-based standard scores (M = 100, SD = 15), percentiles, normal curve equivalents (NCEs), stanines, age and grade equivalents, and Growth Scale Value (GSV)

Scoring Options: Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting and Manual Scoring

Telepractice: Tips on using this test in your telepractice

Publication Date: 2007


Product Details


The PPVT-4 test offers many enhancements to a vocabulary assessment that has been well respected for 50 years. This latest edition has been co-normed with the Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition (EVT™-2), allowing you to make direct comparisons between receptive and expressive vocabulary performance. Quick and easy to administer, the PPVT-4 saves you valuable time—so that you can focus on implementing successful interventions.

Ideal for progress monitoring!
Unlike some other measures of vocabulary, the PPVT-4 supplies two equivalent forms of the test which contain different vocabulary items—helping ensure the individual has not “learned” the test. One form can be used prior to intervention to assess individuals’ vocabulary knowledge and the alternative form can be used for re-testing to evaluate and document progress. PPVT-4 also includes a unique Growth Scale Value (GSV) which is sensitive to small changes over time.

Users & Applications

The PPVT-4 test is individually administered and norm-referenced. Use it to:

  • Quickly evaluate receptive vocabulary with a test that requires no reading or writing
  • Monitor progress using two parallel forms
  • Directly compare receptive and expressive vocabulary when you also administer the EVT-2
  • Move immediately into evidence-based interventions using those embedded directly into and linked into the scoring and reporting software
  • Meet guidelines for universal screening, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and diagnostic testing in an RTI environment

Features & Benefits

  • New! Digital Stimulus Book – display visual stimuli on your desktop or laptop. Hotlinks and icons take you to the section of the test you want to administer. Order now
  • More stimulus words (now 228 per form), with better representation of word types across all levels of difficulty
  • All items evaluated for appropriateness with a diverse population
  • Strengthened test floor
  • Illustrations now in full color
  • Modernized core vocabulary
  • Identical administration and scoring procedures to PPVT-III
  • New Growth Scale Value (GSV) for measuring incremental vocabulary growth over time
  • Multiple levels of diagnostic analysis
  • Ease of use—with the ability to administer items by complete sets of 12
  • Newly designed carrying case

PPVT-4 Sample Training Item

PPVT-4 test item

Psychometric Information

Developed over a five-year period, the PPVT-4 test was standardized on a national sample of individuals ages 2:6–90+. More than 5,500 individuals were tested; data from approximately 3,500 subjects was used for the normative scores. The sample matches the U.S. Census for gender, ace/ethnicity, region, socioeconomic status (SES), and clinical diagnosis or special education placement.

The PPVT-4 test provides extremely reliable scores, with all reliability and validity coefficients in the .90s range.

Digital Options Available


Q-interactive is Pearson's web- and iPad-based system for interactive, seamless assessment, scoring, and reporting. With Q-interactive, administer interactive assessments with an intuitive, portable system that uses two iPads connected by Bluetooth. The examinee views test stimuli on one iPad; you use the other iPad to access test administration directions and verbal stimuli, control visual stimuli, and record and score responses.

Your Q-interactive yearly speech license includes access to five assessments: PPVT-4, CELF-5, GFTA-3, KLPA-3, and GFTA-3 Spanish. You purchase individual test administrations.

Try Q-interactive for free with our 30 day trial. Learn more at


Q-global is Pearson's web-based system for accessing digital resources for assessment, scoring, and reporting. PPVT-4 has digital stimulus books and a digital manual available for purchase. In addition, you may administer the PPVT-4 using Q-global's on-screen administration (OSA) or remote on-screen administration (ROSA) directly on the computer and get immediate scoring and results.

Scoring is purchased separately. You have the option to purchase an unlimited-use 1-, 3-, or 5- year scoring subscription or individual score reports. Quantity discounts are available.

Important note: Each scoring subscription is per user and will begin on the date the first subscription from the order is allocated to the user(s) in the Q-global account.

Soon after you place your order, you will receive an email informing you that your PPVT-4 digital Manual, Stimulus Book, and/or scoring are available on the Q-global platform.

Other Pearson Clinical assessments available on Q-global include EVT-2, CELF-5, CELF-5 Metalinguistics, GFTA-3, KLPA-3, and GFTA-3 Spanish. Learn more about Q-global pricing.


Enhanced scoring and reporting software offers fast, flexible, and accurate scoring & reporting, with:

  • Ability to enter by item or by total raw score
  • Easier data entry for unlimited numbers of students
  • Multiple individual and group report options
  • Embedded evidence-based interventions for individual, small group, or classroom use
  • Availability for Windows® and Macintosh®

Individual Reports

  • Score Summary includes the individual’s current scores, a narrative report, a diagnostic analysis of item-level performance, and a separate Suggested Interventions Report.
  • Diagnostic Analysis presents item-level performance classified by part of speech.
  • Progress Report tracks repeat administrations and helps you monitor an individual’s improvement over time using the new Growth Scale Value (GSV).
  • Receptive-Expressive Comparison Report compares the student’s receptive and expressive vocabulary when you are administering both the EVT™-2 and PPVT™-4 tests and analyzes item performance in multiple ways to enhance intervention.

Scoring Options

Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

Manual Scoring – Allows you to administer and score assessments by hand



  • PPVT-4 (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition) Introduction

    Learn about this measure of receptive vocabulary for Standard American English by viewing this short presentation.

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Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

  • What are the pricing options for each digital solution?

    Please refer to the individual product page (PPVT-4 or EVT-2) on our website for detailed information on all your options. We offer a “pay as you go” model or bulk purchasing options.

  • Can I save my report off Q-global?

    Yes, you can save your report as a pdf where you are able to cut and paste text into your own larger report.

  • Does Q-interactive score and report?

    Q-interactive offers basic scoring results that are generated directly and immediately from the administration you just completed within the Assess application. When the assessment results are uploaded to Q-central, examiners will be able to view detailed scoring results, individual item responses and all item analyses. Q Interactive does not generate a narrative/summative report.

  • What if I would like to use PPVT-4 or EVT-2 via telepractice?

    The best digital option for you is Q-global. However, you also need to be mindful of your ability to meet all the legal, ethical, and technical considerations that are required for use of assessments via telepractice. For additional guidance, visit Pearson's legal page,, or the individual product pages for the assessments you wish to use via telepractice. Please contact us online for consultation. In addition, ASHA's Practice Portal has more and more information on telepractice for ASHA members.

  • Where can I go for security and compliance information?

  • Can I “try before I buy?”

    Yes, many of our newly-adapted assessments in digital formats have trial offers. Visit the respective product page on our website to learn about specific options for each test or for additional information.

  • Do I need to be online (wired or Wi-Fi) for the Q-global Resource Library tools?

    Yes. Q-global is an online platform. You will need internet access to view and use the administration, scoring, or reporting options on Q-global.

  • Can I share manuals and stimulus books on Q-global?

    Yes. The account owner on Q-global may purchase one or more copies of any digital stimulus book or digital manual and “assign” these assets to the appropriate users or sub-accounts. The assignments to different members of that account (e.g., in a district or team of professionals) can be changed at any time. So, if you buy 10 PPVT-4 digital manuals for 15 professionals on your team, you may “re-assign” any copy of any manual from one professional to another at any time.

  • What is the difference between the PPVT-4/EVT-2 ASSIST and scoring and reporting on Q-global?

    In terms of the scoring and the types of individual report options, not much. In terms of how the technology works, the ASSIST was CD-ROM based and was tied to a single desktop computer or laptop that had a CD-ROM drive. The Q-global system is web-based and open to any login point from any location or device, any time.

  • Can I prepay for a quantity of Q-global reports, digital stimulus books, or digital manuals with one purchase order (PO)?

    Yes. For PPVT-4, EVT-2, and CELF-5 scoring and reporting, there are volume discounts associated with score reports. You may “stock up and save” depending on the number of scoring/reporting usages that you choose. Digital stimulus books and manuals can also be paid for in bulk. Conversely, you can simply “pay as you go” for any of the digital options shown with no or very little “up front” cost.

  • Are progress reports or PPVT-4/EVT-2 comparison reports still available? What is the pricing?

    Yes. All of these reports are available at no charge, once you purchase the individual score summary for a particular PPVT-4 or EVT-2 administration.

  • What do I do if someone in our district or organization leaves and they have Q-global test administration data or digital stimulus books/manuals assigned to them?

    You can de-activate their Q-global account but have access to the test data they completed. For digital stimulus books and manuals, simply go into the “Inventory” tab under Account Management and “de-allocate” or re-assign the assets (i.e., digital stimulus books and/or manuals) to other account users.

  • Does the Q-global On-screen Administration and Score Report require me to purchase the Q-global stimulus book?

    No. The On-Screen Administration (OSA) is the actual administration of the PPVT-4 on the computer, complete with stimulus art and audio prompts. The examinee sits at the computer and takes the assessment, which then automatically uses the basal and ceiling rules and feeds the examinee responses into Q-global scoring and reporting. No data entry for you!

  • Do you have additional questions?

    Don’t hesitate to reach out to your Assessment Consultant or Representative, or email us at:

  • When I am using PPVT-4 on Q-interactive, I only get a Standard Score when I am finished testing (plus the chart where the score range is plotted.) Where is the Confidence Interval score range?

    The screenshot included here shows that when you touch the standard score bar, the percentile, confidence intervals, and age (or grade) equivalent appear.

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PPVT-4 on Q-interactive at a Glance:

Available With Subtest Pricing
Scoring and Reporting Materials Needed
Speech, Standard, Classroom, & Experiential Licenses Score Report
Excel Report

*Cost per usage between $1.00 and $1.50 depending on volume discounts

Benefits of PPVT-4 on Q-interactive

  • Better engage your clients with colorful on-screen administration
  • Ensure accurate administration with automated start points, discontinue rules, and scoring

How Can I Buy PPVT-4 on Q-interactive?

New customers:

Annual Q-interactive licenses can be purchased using our online order form or by calling Customer Support at 1-800-627-7271. See the Q-interactive pricing tab for more information on license options.

Current Q-interactive customers:

If you want to add the PPVT-4 to your account, visit our online order form and select the "Add Test(s) to Existing Account" option. You may also call Customer Support at 1-800-627-7271.


Pricing & Ordering

The Flash drive Kit and individual flash drives have been discontinued. See the Q-global tab for options such as the Digital Manual and Digital Stimulus Book.

Order Complete Kit

Order Components

Q-global® Web-based Administration, Scoring and Reporting
  • Kits



  • Reports (Usages)



  • PPVT-4 Q-global Individual Score Summary Report
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 49 $3.00
    50 - 299 $2.90
    300 - 499 $2.80
    500+ $2.70
  • Manuals



  • PPVT-4 Manual
  • PPVT-4 Q-global Examiner's Manual
  • PPVT-4 Form A Q-global Digital Stimulus Book
  • PPVT-4 Form B Q-global Digital Stimulus Book

    For system requirements, please click here.

Scoring Subscriptions for Paper Administrations (Unlimited use for a single user)
  • Kits



  • Reports (Subscriptions)



  • PPVT-4 Q-global Scoring 1-Year Subscription
  • PPVT-4 Q-global Scoring 3-Year Subscription
  • PPVT-4 Q-global Scoring 5-Year Subscription

Manual Scoring
  • Kits



  • PPVT-4 Complete Kit (A & B)
    Includes: A and B Easels, Manual, A and B Record Forms (25 each), and Carrying Case
  • PPVT-4/EVT-2 Kits (Forms A&B)
Form A
  • Kits



  • PPVT-4/EVT-2 Combination Kit (Form A)
  • PPVT-4 Form A Kit
    Includes: A Easel, Manual, A Record Forms (25), and Carrying Case
  • Manuals



  • PPVT-4 Manual
  • Administration Materials



  • PPVT-4 Record Form A
    Pkg of 25
  • PPVT-4 Record Form A
    Pkg of 100
  • Additional Materials



  • PPVT-4 Easel Form A
Form B
  • Kits



  • PPVT-4/EVT-2 Combination Kit (Form B)
  • PPVT-4 Form B Kit
    Includes: B Easel, Manual, B Record Forms (25), and Carrying Case
  • Manuals



  • PPVT-4 Manual
  • Administration Materials



  • PPVT-4 Record Form B
    Pkg of 25
  • PPVT-4 Record Form B
    Pkg of 100
  • Additional Materials



  • PPVT-4 Easel Form B
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