The Phonological Awareness Test-2 (PAT-2)
Author(s): Carolyn Robertson, MEd / Wanda Salter, MA, MS, CCC-SLP
This test assesses prereading skills that are early indicators of reading success, and quantifies a student's awareness of the oral language segments that comprise words (i.e., syllables and phonemes). It can identify children who lack explicit phonological knowledge and have difficulty acquiring soundsymbol correspondences in words. It is intended for use by speech-language pathologists, reading teachers, and other professionals trained in analyzing the phonological structure of speech.
The PAT 2 has eight core subtests: Rhyming, Segmentation, Isolation, Deletion, Substitution with Manipulatives, Blending, Graphemes, and Decoding; and an optional subtest, Invented Spelling. The Examiner's Manual gives guidelines for intervention. The PAT2 was standardized on a nationally representative sample of 1,582 individuals. Validity and reliability analyses were highly satisfactory, and analysis showed no bias for race or SES.
Administration and Scoring
The PAT-2 takes about 40 minutes to administer. Correct responses and a pronunciation guide for nonsense words are provided. Raw scores can be converted to standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents.