Date of Award


Document Type

Field Project

Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)



First Advisor

Robert H. Woody

Second Advisor

Norman H. Hamm


The Rey Auditory-Verbal Learning Test is an easily administered assessment technique designed to measure immediate memory span and provide a learning curve. It consists of six trials of a 15-word list with an intervening task between Trials 5 and 6 . However, norms were established in France several years ago. To update the norms the AVLT was administered to 236 children between the ages of 9 and 12. The students are representative of preadolescents in a large urban school district. Means and standard deviations are provided for each of seven trials, their repetitions, and additions.

Findings from this study generally show one or two words less recalled for each trial. However, immediate memory span is within expected limits and a normal learning curve was found for each age group.

Although norms for the current sample are lower than the French norms, based on recent research with older subjects, the norms from this research appear appropriate for American children today. However, caution in using them is necessary until further studies are conducted.


A Field Project Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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