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Listening Comprehension Screenings

With the beginning of every new school year comes the beginning of screening season.  Requests from teachers and parents to have their child’s speech and language abilities quickly assessed come pouring in, or at least that can be how it feels.  One of the most common areas I get requests for is listening comprehension.  This request typically stems from the following complaints:

– Difficulty answering questions from text or

– Difficulty understanding new vocabulary introduced from text

– Unable to create inferences

– Difficulty predicting

– Unable to summarize information

– etc.

Yes, difficulty following directions is often included in this list but I tend to look at following directions as a receptive language issue.

So as my requests came in, I realized I didn’t have any listening comprehension screenings available that would be applicable with the new Common Core.  So to remedy this frustrating situation I made my own. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent on these. They have been tweaked, revised, updated, and altered. Phew. They have been reviewed by grade level teachers, reading specialists, and other SLPs.  I had to make sure that were complex enough, but not to difficult, for the ‘average’ student in each grade level to be able to complete successfully.

So here you go, my finished product!  Keep in mind, these are not normed or standardized. They were created to be able to give you a snapshot of a student’s listening comprehension skills as they are aligned with the Common Core expectations and standards of their grade level.



There are screenings for Kindergarten thru 5th grade.


Each screening as a story for students to listen to and a series of corresponding questions.  Next to each question is the standard that it is aligned with.



Each question is assigned a point valued based on the difficulty and demand of the task.  Information and directions are included, as well as, a scoring example for reference.


Hopefully these help you gain some insight on your student’s listening ability.

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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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23 Responses

  1. I use short stories to target listening comprehension. I love your sample and would love to have these to use as a baseline for my students!

  2. These look so helpful; so many of our students have difficulty with listening comprehension and I haven’t found a product, before, that really applied to this area! Thanks!

  3. I like to use short stories from the reading texts. I am a fan of Say & Glue for Language and Listening from Super Duper as well.

  4. I use some Say&Gue for Language and Listening, No-Glamour Listening Comphension, and Listening, Understanding, Remembering, and Verbalizing.

  5. I use the Listening Comprehension book (Linguisystems) pre-test/post test to screen. You can look at comprehension of all wh questions. Passages vary from one sentence to four sentences.

  6. I like using SD Fun Decks for comprehension. With upper elem, I like using their science or social studies texts also. This looks like a great product for baselines and helping to create goals. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I usually use Super Duper fun decks. I’ve been trying to use more story books, and having the kids answer questions from key details.

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