Phoneme Blending

This test measures phoneme awareness, and more specifically, the ability to synthesize (blend) sounds to make real words. To test the child’s phoneme manipulation skills, the test items deliberately range from very simple, two-phoneme words to more complex, longer words of four phonemes.

Age range

Suitable for children in Reception Year to Year 3.

Scoring: accuracy

Only binary (i.e., correct/incorrect) accuracy is calculated for this task.  If the child produces the correct target word, s/he gains one point, otherwise zero points.

The task can be administered in full (10 items in Reception Year, 24 items otherwise), however, a discontinuation rule can be applied.


Grade norms are currently available for Reception Year to Year 2.

Materials for administration

Recording device, Training pictures, Phoneme Blending Score Sheet, Administrator’s Instructions Sheet

Please ensure you are using the most up-to-date test version:

Test Version: 2

Norm Version: 1

Updated: 23.02.2021

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