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Test of Auditory Processing Skills

Nancy Martin and Rick Brownell

Measures auditory processing skills
Paper and pencil
Age range:
4 years to 18 years
Approximately 1 hour
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Assess Auditory Issues in Children and Adolescents


We recommend the newer edition, TAPS-4!

Intended to be used as part of a battery, the TAPS-3 measures what a child or adolescent does with what he or she hears. Results can help you diagnose auditory processing difficulties, imperceptions of auditory modality, language problems, and/or learning disabilities in both children and teens.

Features and benefits

  • Subtests include Word Discrimination, Phonological Segmentation, Phonological Blending, Numbers Forward, Numbers Reversed, Word Memory, Sentence Memory, Auditory Comprehension, and Auditory Reasoning.
  • Subtest order reflects a developmental progression of tasks, ranging from easiest to most difficult. The use of partial credit in some subtests more accurately reflects the child’s auditory abilities.
  • An optional Auditory Figure-Ground task, presented on audio CD, flags attention problems and gives feedback about how the child’s auditory processing system works in real-world situations.
  • In addition to one overall score, individual subtest scores are combined to derive three cluster scores: Basic Auditory Skills, Auditory Memory, and Auditory Cohesion.
  • Norms are nationally stratified to closely match U.S. Census demographics and are based on data from more than 2,000 students.

Available in Spanish

The TAPS-3 Test Booklets have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses U.S. Spanish norms.