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National Adult Reading Test (NART)
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Supplemental: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Short Description of Instrument
Purpose: The National Adult Reading Test (NART) is a premorbid intellectual functioning test.
Use: Subjects/patients are required to read a list of phonetically atypical words outloud.
Time Estimate: There is no given time limit to administer this test. The subject/patient is encouraged to take their time and the examiner is encouraged to tell the subject/patient to slow down as necessary.
The subject's/patient's score is determined by the sum of the subject's/patient's number of errors and number of correct items. If the subject/patient does not finish the task no score is given.
Recommended for use in Adult PDI patients/subjects.
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Document last updated July 2019