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Picture Vocabulary Size Test (PVST)

Picture Vocabulary Size Test (PVST)

A receptive vocabulary size test designed primarily for young pre-literate native speakers up to eight years old and young non-native speakers of English. The test was created in collaboration with Paul Nation of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Older Versions

All previous releases of the Picture Vocabulary Size Test (PVST) can be found at the following link, where <_win.zip> files are for Windows, <_mac.zip> files are for Macintosh OS X, and <_linux.tar.gz> files are for Linux.

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Related Research

  • Nation, P. & Anthony, L. (2016). Measuring vocabulary size. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volume III (pp. 355-368). New York: Routledge.

Development Roadmap

Our current tentative plans.

Status Description
Plans for 2017
and beyond
  • Developing Macintosh and Linux versions of the software.
  • Developing web-based versions of the software.
  • Your suggestions come here...

Citing/Referencing the Picture Vocabulary Size Test (PVST)

Use the following method to cite/reference the Picture Vocabulary Size Test (PVST) according to the APA style guide:

  • Anthony, L. and Nation, I.S.P. (YEAR OF RELEASE). Picture Vocabulary Size Test (Version VERSION NUMBER) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from http://www.laurenceanthony.net/software/pvst
    • For example if you download the Picture Vocabulary Size Test version 1.0.0, which was released in 2017, you would cite/reference it as follows:

      • Anthony, L. and Nation, I.S.P. (2017). Picture Vocabulary Size Test (Version 1.0.0) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from http://www.laurenceanthony.net/software/pvst
        • Note that the APA instructions are not entirely clear about citing software, and it is debatable whether or not the "Available from ..." statement is needed. See here for more details.