Diagnostic Achievement Battery, Third Edition

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    The DAB-3 is a revision of the popular and useful individual test of school success, the Diagnostic Achievement Battery. The DAB-3 uses 14 brief subtests to identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses across several areas of achievement. This instrument was developed for children and youth ages 6-0 to 14-11.

    How to Use the Asssessment
    The DAB-3 is individually administered and takes between 90 to 120 minutes to complete.

    There are 14 subtests based on the key areas listed above. Scores from these subtests can be combined to form eight composites:

    • Total Achievement
    • Listening
    • Speaking
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Spoken Language
    • Written Language

    The DAB-3 includes a supplemental manual enabling the examiner to probe student responses on the standardized test. The purpose of probing is to identify the thinking processes and problem-solving strategies that result in both correct and incorrect responses.

    The test includes an audiotape that the examiner plays for the individual during the Comprehension subtest.

    The DAB-3 provides the option of handscoring or scoring software.

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    Scales & Forms

    • Story Comprehension
    • Characteristics
    • Synonyms
    • Grammatic Completion
    • Alphabet/Word Knowledge
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling
    • Contextual Language
    • Story Construction
    • Math Reasoning
    • Math Calculation
    • Phonemic Analysis

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Age Range 6–14-11

Administration Time 90–120 minutes

Administration Type Individually-administered

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored
  • Software