Oral Passage Understanding Scale – (OPUS)

Title: Oral Passage Understanding Scale – (OPUS)
Author: Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk & Amber M. Klein
Year: 2017
Description: The Oral Passage Understanding Scale – (OPUS) is a measure of listening comprehension for individuals ages 5 to 21 and should take 10 to 20 minutes to individually administer. Listening (auditory) comprehension is the process of heading and encoding information. The OPUS assess listening comprehension by measuring the ability to listen to orally presented passages and recall information about them. Understanding orally presented information is key to an individual’s success in the classroom, as well as in social and occupational contexts. The OPUS also measures memory skills, which are integral to listening comprehension.

The OPUS may used as a companion to the CASL-2 to compare an individual’s performance on the multiple specific tasks on the CASL-2, with performance of the single integrated task of the OPUS. The CASL-2 is useful for identifying differential skill levels of specific lexical/semantic, syntactic and supralingusitic tasks, but does not measure an individual’s ability to integrate them. Administering the OPUS in addition to the CASL-2 provides a more complete picture of an individual’s listening comprehension ability.

AUDIO FILES – To help show correct pace and tone when administering a test, digital audio recordings of each OPUS passage are provided on CD. These audio files are for examiner training only and should never be used during administration.

Age Range: Ages 5 to 21 Years Old.
Administration: Individual
Inventory: 1 Complete Kit:

  • 1 Manual
  • 1 Easel
  • 1 Form @$5.00/each
  • 1 copy of Examiner Training Audio Files on CD
Location: BSB 160G (Shelf 6)
Publisher: Western Psychological Services
Qualification Level: Level C or 1
Test Category: English and Language
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