Purpose: Identify particular auditory processes that the individual may be having difficulties with, allowing appropriate remediation strategies to be planned
Time: Approximately one hour
The Test of Auditory Processing Skills-3 (TAPS-3) is used to assess auditory skills necessary for the development, use and understanding of language commonly used in academic and everyday activities – it measures what a person does with what is heard.
Subtests (and items within each subtest) progress from the most basic skills to the most complex. The nine TAPS-3 subtests provide information for four main areas (reflected as Index scores), confirmed by factor analysis. In addition, there is one optional subtest presented on CD.
The indices and subtests are:
- Optional Auditory Figure-Ground screener presented at the start of the test session.
Basic Phonological Skills
- Subtest 1: Word Discrimination
- Subtest 2: Phonological Segmentation
- Subtest 3: Phonological Blending
- Subtest 4: Number Memory Forward
- Subtest 5: Number Memory Reversed
- Subtest 6: Word Memory
- Subtest 7: Sentence Memory
- Subtest 8: Auditory Comprehension
- Subtest 9: Auditory Reasoning
- Partial credit for test responses allow a more accurate rendering of abilities
- Three index scores (Basic Phonological Skills, Auditory Memory, and Auditory Cohesion) are derived using combinations of subtest scores; these reflect functional areas indicated by current literature
- Overall score is based on the sum of all subtest scaled scores
The TAPS-3 was developed to be used by speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other clinicians who have been trained to assess a child's ability to comprehend auditory information.