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AWLT Auditory Word List Learning Test

J. B. Heßler, T. Jahn
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Application

Assesses impairments of verbal long-term memory and verbal learning ability that are often symptoms of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Verbal memory deficits may result from impairment of one or more of the four basic memory processes – encoding, storage, consolidation and retrieval. The AWLT scores these processes and is thus a key tool in the assessment of disorders in which verbal memory deficits are a defining characteristic (e.g. dementia of the Alzheimer’s type). The differentiated assessment of the various memory processes is also useful in connection with differential diagnosis issues.

Administration

A list of twelve words is read out four times. Immediately after each reading the respondent repeats as many words as possible. After a five-minute break, the respondent again repeats all the words that he/she can remember without hearing the word list again (short-term delayed recall). There is then a 20-minute break, after which the respondent is again asked to recall the words (long-term delayed recall). Finally, the respondent is shown a list containing the 12 learned words and 12 new words: he/she is asked to indicate which of these 24 words appeared on the original list of 12 that were learned.

Test forms

S1: Standard form.

S2: Parallel form.

Scoring

The following main variables are scored:

  • Learning total.
  • Short-term delayed recall.
  • Long-term delayed recall.
  • Recognition.

Scoring elements

Table
Profile
Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report

Test type

Special Ability Tests

Test information

adaptive
modular
language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing

Languages

English
German
Italian
Portuguese

Duration

approx. 38 minutes (including breaks totaling 25 minutes).

Age

Norms for ages 18+.

Age-specific norms for ages 50+.

Special features

Important: A supervisor must administer the test, and the respondent must not see the screen on which the word list appears!