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PLAI 2 Preschool Language Assessment Instrument Second Edition
Ages: 3-5   Grades: PreK-K

Assess your students' ability to meet the demand of classroom discourse.

Test Set
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PLAI 2 Profile/Exam Booklets 3-year-olds (25)
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PLAI 2 Profile/Exam Booklets 4- to 5-year-olds (25)
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Test Purpose
Learn how effectively a student integrates cognitive, linguistic, and pragmatic components to deal with the full range of adult-child exchanges.  You'll compare a student's receptive and expressive discourse skills across four levels of abstraction, identify pragmatic behaviors that interfere with effective communication, and assess discourse ability in students who have minimal or no expressive language.



  • Matching
  • Selective Analysis
  • Reordering
  • Reasoning
  • Reordering and Reasoning (3-year-olds)
  • Receptive
  • Expressive

Testing Time

  • 30 minutes


  • Raw Scores
  • Scaled Scores
  • Discourse Ability Score
  • Percentile Ranks
  • Age Equivalents

Test Procedure
Select the Profile/Examiner Booklet that corresponds to the age of your student.  Introduce the Picture Book and administer the demonstration items.  Administer the test items according to the instructions in the Picture Book.


Examiner Qualifications
Test examiners must be reasonably competent in the administration of tests in education, language, and psychology to give the PLAI 2.  Examiners who are members of professional associations should refer to their organization's competency statements. 


Copyright © 2003

Test Set includes: examiner's manual, picture book, profile/examiner record booklets 3-year-olds, profile/examiner record booklets 4- to 5-year-olds - distributed item


Marion Blank, Susan A. Rose, Laura J. Berlin