Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition

The Expressive Vocabulary Test Second Edition (EVT-2) is an assessment that measures expressive vocabulary and word retrieval for Standard American English. The test is created to align with the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Fourth Edition (PPVT-4). The EVT-2 can be used for monitoring progress and providing interventions. It offers two test forms with different items so that students do not become accustomed to the test.



Administration information

10-20 minutes
EVT-2 Manual Scoring Complete Kit A and B (Includes: A and B Easels, Manual, A and B Record Forms (25 each), and Carrying Case): $468; EVT-2 Form A Kit: $248; EVT-2 Form B Kit: $248; EVT-2 Q-Global Scoring 1-year license: $40 per student
Online training available
"Level B (Purchasing requires a master's degree in psychology, education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, or field related to assessment, and formal training in the ethical adminitration, scoring, and interpretat

Access and Use

P: 800-627-7271 F:800.232.1223
Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

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Kover, S. T., McDuffie, A. S., Hagerman, R. J., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). Receptive Vocabulary in Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Cross-Sectional Developmental Trajectories. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(11), 2696–2709.

Tan, M., & Dobbs-Oates, J. (2013). Relationship between Emergent Literacy and Early Social-Emotional Development in Preschool Children from Low-Income Backgrounds. Early Child Development and Care, 183(11), 1509–1530.

McCabe, A., & Champion, T. B. (2010). A Matter of Vocabulary II: Low-Income African American Children’s Performance on the Expressive Vocabulary Test. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 31(3), 162–169.

Webb, M. L., Cohen, A. S., & Schwanenflugel, P. J. (2008). Latent Class Analysis of Differential Item Functioning on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 68(2), 335–351.

Restrepo, M. A., Schwanenflugel, P. J., Blake, J., Neuharth-Pritchett, S., Cramer, S. E., & Ruston, H. P. (2006). Performance on the PPVT?III and the EVT: Applicability of the Measures with African American and European American Preschool Children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 37(1), 17–27.

Wasik, B. A., Bond, M. A., & Hindman, A. (2006). The Effects of a Language and Literacy Intervention on Head Start Children and Teachers. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(1), 63–74.


Computer scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
Resources on Psychometric Properties

Williams, K. (2014). Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition Technical Report. Pearson Education, Inc. Retrieved from

Pearson Education, Inc. (n.d.). PPVT and EVT2 Technical Information. Retrieved from…

Thomas-Tate, S., Washington, J., Craig, H., & Packard, M. (2006). Performance of African American Preschool and Kindergarten Students on the Expressive Vocabulary Test. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 37(2), 143–149.