Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude - American EducationA series of individually administered tests to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses among various learning abilities. Available in formats for children three to 18 years old, the tests last from 15 to 45 minutes for children three to nine years old and 50 to 120 minutes for older children. Administered on a one-toone basis by a psychologist, special education diagnostician or speech/language pathologist, the tests help identify weaknesses in a student’s intellectual abilities and permit the school to provide appropriate compensatory education.
The tests use 11 subtests to measure each of four domains of learning aptitude: linguistic, cognitive, attentional and motoric. The tests in each domain include word opposites (the student gives antonyms for words pronounced by the examiner); sentence imitation (student repeats sentences of increasing length and complexity pronounced by the examiner); oral directions (students mark pictured objects named by examiner); word sequences (student repeats series of unrelated words pronounced by examiner); story construction (student tells a story about each of three pictures); design reproduction (student reproduces increasingly complex geometric forms from memory); object sequences (student must recall a series of pictured objects in the order of presentation); symbolic relations (student completes a design pattern by selecting the correct pattern from four choices); conceptual matching (student associates a stimulus picture with one of ten other pictures to demonstrate a concept); word fragments (student reads aloud a list of words, each printed with missing letters); letter sequences (student writes from memory a sequence of letters seen and then withdrawn from view).