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A SAMPLING OF WRITING TESTS       

 
Spelling of Words
Writing of Nonsense Words
Writing Vocabu-lary
Writing Dictated Sentences
Writing Con-strained Sentences
Editing
Story: Picture Prompt
Story: Oral Prompt
Content Score
Syntax Score
Punc-tuation Score
Writing Speed
Norms

  Oral & Written Language Scales

in context

 

in context

yes

yes

 

 

 

yes

yes

yes

 

both

  Test of Written Language 3rd ed.

 

 

2 scores

2 scores

2 subtests

yes

3 scores

 

yes

yes

yes

 

age

  Test of Written Language 2nd ed.

 

 

2 scores

2 scores

2 subtests

yes

5 scores

 

yes

yes

yes

*

age

  Wechsler Individual Ach Test

list

 

 

 

 

 

 

letter

holistic score

 

both7

 

 

  Woodcock-Johnson III

list

list

 

 

1 test

yes

**

**

yes

***

yes

yes

both

  Peabody Individ. Ach Test-Rev.

mlt-chc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

holistic grade stanine

 

both[1]

  Kaufman Test of Ed. Ach.[2]

list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

both7

  Test of Written Spelling 3rd ed.

2 lists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

age

  Goldman-Fristoe-Woodcock

 

list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

age

  Differential Ability Scales

list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

both7

  Wide Range Achievement Test-3

list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

age

Italics = time limits

*      scores are very strongly influenced by the amount written in 15 minutes

**    there is a scoring system provided for analyzing stories and essays written separately from the formal test.

***  part of the scoring of the Writing Samples test

Dumont, Farr, & Willis, 1/5/01. 

The organization of these tables is borrowed from Table 11.1, p. 308, in Brody, S. (Ed) (2001).  Teaching reading: Language, letters & thought (2nd ed.).  LARC Publishing, P.O. Box 801, Milford, NH 03055 (603-880-7691 http://www.larcpublishing.com).  The selection and sequence of tests are entirely arbitrary, whimsical, and based on personal experience.   The listing of categories for tests is as accurate as we could make it, but there may be errors.  We would be grateful for corrections and suggestions for improvement.


[1] Seasonal grade norms.

[2] Comprehensive and Brief Forms.