Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Token Test

  • Janet P. PattersonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_931


The Token Test and its variants are used to assess auditory comprehension in persons with developmental and acquired disorders affecting language. The examinee provides a gestural response (pointing to or moving plastic tokens) in response to a verbal command (e.g., touch the small, white circle). In its most commonly used form, the Token Test includes 20 tokens that vary in color, size, and shape. The test is divided into sections according to the length of the command, syntactic complexity, and working-memory demand; the commands become more difficult within each section and across sections. For example, a command in an early section might be “Point to the circle” in an array containing only one circle, while in a later section a command might be, “After picking up the green rectangle, touch the small white circle,” in an array of 20 tokens containing multiple tokens of each dimension.

There are several variants of the original Token Test (DeRenzi and Vignolo 1962),...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ServiceVA Northern California Health Care SystemMartinezUSA