Kaufman Survey of Early Academic and Language Skills (K-SEALS)
Author(s): Alan S. Kaufman, PhD / Nadeen L. Kaufman, EdD
The K-SEALS utilizes subtests for expressive and receptive language, number skills, letter and word skills, vocabulary, and articulation to provide a comprehensive survey of a child's speech and pre-academic development. The K-SEALS can be used to test for school readiness, identify gifted children, evaluate program effectiveness, and research a child's early development.
K-SEALS features three separate subtests which provides a well-rounded profile:
Vocabulary Subtest—the child identifies, by gesture or name, pictures of objects or actions and points to or names objects based on verbal descriptions of their attributes
Numbers, Letters & Words—the child selects or names numbers, letters, or words; counts; indicates knowledge of number concepts (“smallest,” “half”); and solves number problems
Articulation Survey—the child pronounces the names of common objects or actions and is assessed for correctness of pronunciation
Administration and Scoring
K-SEALS is individually administered and although it is untimed, it can be completed in approximately 15 minutes. Subtest and composite performances are reported as standard scores and percentile ranks. Age equivalents and descriptive categories are also provided.