(AAB) Academic Achievement Battery

by Melissa A. Messer, MHS

(AAB) Academic Achievement Battery

by Melissa A. Messer, MHS
Benefits Assesses seven areas of achievement throughout the life span
Ages 4 to 85 years
Admin time 15 to 30 minutes for the Screening Form and 90 minutes for the Comprehensive Form
Format Individually administered
Publish Date 2014
Qualifications Level B required.
About Qualification Levels
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About This Product

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A complete yet affordable solution, the Academic Achievement Battery (AAB) can be administered to individuals ages 4 to 85 years in educational, clinical, or research settings. It comprised of two forms—a Comprehensive Form and a Screening Form. Everything you need to administer either version is printed directly on the forms, making administration and scoring straightforward and easy. In addition, both forms include a convenient Fast Guide to help you get started. Unlike similar measures, the AAB requires no certification or intensive preparation.

The AAB offers age- and grade-based (Fall and Spring) normative data and vibrant, modern illustrations. It was developed using academic standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of English, Common Core, and Reading First.

The Comprehensive Form

With 15 subtests that compose eight composite scores, the AAB Comprehensive Form can be administered in about 90 minutes and scored in 15 minutes. The AAB Composite provides an overview of the individual’s overall performance on the seven disparate aspects of achievement measured by the AAB. A complete assessment of an individual’s academic skills, the AAB is suitable for use in eligibility decisions or intervention planning.

The AAB also offers discrepancy scores between subtests and composites as well as between other measures, including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale®. A skills analysis allows examiners to identify strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for intervention planning. Reliable change scores are available for measuring response to intervention.

The Screening Form

Offering four subtests, the AAB Screening Form can be administered in approximately 15 to 30 minutes and scored in 5 to 10 minutes. Measuring basic academic skills including reading, spelling, and math, the AAB Screening Form offers an optional written composition component (it adds 15 minutes to the administration time). When all four subtests are administered, a total composite score can be calculated, which provides the examiner with a snapshot of the individual’s performance in reading, spelling, writing, and math. The AAB Screening Form is an excellent tool to quickly evaluate fundamental academic skills, especially when working with those referred for learning, behavior, or vocational concerns.

Composite score


Grade level or age

How it works

Basic Reading

Reading  Foundational Skills

Pre-K to Grade 3

Examinee completes tasks focused on rhyming, sound matching, blending, segmenting, deleting, and substitution, demonstrating phonological awareness.

Letter/Word Reading

Letter Reading: Pre-K to Grade 3; Word Reading: Ages 4 to 85 years

Letter Reading: Examinee identifies lowercase and uppercase letters. Word Reading: Examinee pronounces words of increasing difficulty.

Reading Fluency

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee completes timed reading task, demonstrating oral reading fluency.

Reading Comprehension

Words and Sentences

Words: Pre-K to Grade 3; Sentences: Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee is presented with a visual stimulus and points to the written word or sentence that matches it.


K and up

Examinee reads passages of increasing difficulty.

Listening Comprehension

Words and Sentences

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee listens to a spoken word or sentence and points to the visual stimulus that matches it.


Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee listens to a passage read aloud, and then responds orally to literal and inferential questions.

Expressive Communication

Oral Fluency

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee is provided a category, and then lists as many items as possible in 60 seconds.

Oral Expression

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee demonstrates his or her grasp of pragmatics, grammar, and expressive vocabulary.

Oral Production

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee describes an illustrated scene, demonstrating speech output and fluency.

Written Expression

Pre-Writing Skills

Pre-K to Grade 3

Examinee traces lines and figures of increasing difficulty.


Letter Writing: Pre-K to  Grade 3; Word Writing: Ages 4 to 85 years

Letter Writing: Examinee writes lowercase and uppercase letters. Word Writing: Examinee spells words of increasing difficulty.

Written Composition

Grade 3 and up

Examinee spontaneously writes, demonstrating theme, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, presentation, and conventions.

Mathematical Calculation

Mathematical Calculation

Part 1: Pre-K to Grade 3;  Part 2: Ages 4 to 85 years

Part 1: Examinee provides oral and written responses to math problems. Part 2: Examinee completes a timed exercise of increasingly difficult math calculations.

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical Reasoning

Ages 4 to 85 years

Examinee applies mathematical reasoning to real-life problems through oral response.

Gray shaded subtests are included in the AAB Screening Form and make up the AAB Screening Composite.