Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT)

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Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT)

The  Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) tests immediate verbal memory, verbal learning and delayed verbal recall. Since a recognition form is included in the test, it also provides the clinician with an opportunity to discern, when a patient has difficulty with delayed recall on this test, if this difficulty is due to poor storage of verbal memory or poor retrieval of that memory. Cut-off scores to determine effort/malingering have been calculated and will be made available in the soon-to-be released book by Shuttleworth-Edwards and Truter.

The test instructions are provided in texts such as Lezak, et al. (2012) and Strauss, et al. (2006) and are included with most of the translations below.

An Afrikaans translation from Helena Thornton and can be found at the following link: Afrikaans RAVLT (Thornton, 2016). Data collected using this translation for adults with disadvantaged quality of education can be found in the soon-to-be-released book mentioned above. To make use of these data, this translation by Thornton (2016) needs to be used, so that there is a match between test administration and normative data.

South African normative data have been collected by Truter & Shuttleworth-Edwards for: adults tested in English when English is not their first language but a language of proficiency; adults tested in their first language; and children tested in their first language, all with disadvantaged quality of education. Data were also collected for Afrikaans-speaking adults and children with advantaged and disadvantaged quality of education. These data will be available in the soon-to-be published book mentioned above. These normative data make use of the translations below. To make use of the South African normative data collected for both children and adults by Truter and Shuttleworth-Edwards, these translations need to be used, so that there is a match between test administration and normative data.

Afrikaans RAVLT (Truter, 2019)

Sepedi RAVLT (Thulare & Truter, 2019)

Sesotho RAVLT (Tau & Truter, 2019)

Tsonga RAVLT (Tamela, Ngomane, Nkuna & Truter, 2019)

Tswana RAVLT (Segabutle & Truter, 2019)

Venda RAVLT (Kodisang, Muhadisa & Truter, 2019)

Xhosa RAVLT (Titi, Sisusa & Truter, 2019)

Zulu RAVLT (Maseko, Mthembu & Truter, 2019)

Normative data were also collected by Truter and Shuttleworth-Edwards for English first language adults and children with advantaged quality of education on the English RAVLT Alternate Form (Geffen et al. 2014) and these data will also be available in the new book. This English version is available in books like Lezak, et al. (2012) and Strauss, et al. (2006).

References: 

  • Geffen, G., Butterworth, P., Forrester, G., & Geffen, L. (1994). Auditory Verbal Learning Test components as measures of the severity of closed head injury. Brain Injury, 8, 405-411.
  • Kodisang, T., Muhadisa, T. C., & Truter, S. (2019). [Venda translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Unpublished work.
  • Lezak, M. D., Howieson, D. B., Bigler, E. D., & Tranel, D. (2012). Neuropsychological Assessment (Vol. V). Oxford, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Segabutle, Y., & Truter, S. (2019). [Tswana translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Cape Town, South Africa: Unpublished work.
  • Strauss, E. S., Sherman, E. M., & Spreen, O. (2006). A compendium of neuropsychological tests: Administration, norms, and commentary. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • Tamela, I., Ngomane, S., Nkuna, K., & Truter, S. (2019). [Tsonga translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Unpublished work.
  • Tau, P., & Truter, S. (2019). [Sesotho translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Cape Town, South Africa: Unpublished work.
  • Thornton, H. (2016). Extrapolated data from Thornton, et al. (2008) The neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology of lipoid proteinosis. Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Thornton, H., Nel, D., Thornton, D., van Honk, J., Baker, G., & Stein, D. (2008). The neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology of Lipoid Proteinosis. The Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 20(1), 86-92. doi:10.1176/jnp.2008.20.1.86
  • Thulare, S. I., & Truter, S. (2019). [Sepedi translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Unpublished work.
  • Titi, P., Sisusa, N., & Truter, S. (2019). [Xhosa translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Cape Town, South Africa: Unpublished work.
  • Truter, S. (2019). [Afrikaans translation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test]. Cape Town, South Africa: Unpublished work.Truter, S., & Shuttleworth-Edwards, A. B. (2018a). Eleven neuropsychological tests in the public domain: Normative data for disadvantaged adults. In P. S. (PsySSA) (Ed.), Mamela Psychology, 2018 Congress Programme (p. 29). Johannesburg: PsySSA.
  • Truter, S., & Shuttleworth-Edwards, A. B. (2019b). Neuropsychological testing in a multi-lingual society: Normative data for South African adults in more than eight languages. International Conference on Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience IRC 2019 Conference Proceedings (p. 941). Bangkok: International Research Conference.
  • Truter, S., & Shuttleworth-Edwards, A. B. (2021a). Investigation into reliable cut-off scores on effort tests for educationally disadvantaged South African brain injury litigants. 6th Pacific Rim Conference: International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). Melbourne.
  • Truter, S., & Shuttleworth-Edwards, A. B. (2021b). Neuropsychological test performance in a non-clinical multilingual group of South African children with advantaged and disadvantaged education. 6th Pacific Rim Conference: International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI), and the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). Melbourne.