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AWLT Auditory Word List Learning Test

J. B. Heßler, T. Jahn


Assesses impairments of verbal long-term memory and verbal learning ability that are often symptoms of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Verbal memory deficits may result from impairment of one or more of the four basic memory processes – encoding, storage, consolidation and retrieval. The AWLT scores these processes and is thus a key tool in the assessment of disorders in which verbal memory deficits are a defining characteristic (e.g. dementia of the Alzheimer’s type). The differentiated assessment of the various memory processes is also useful in connection with differential diagnosis issues.

A list of twelve words is read out four times. Immediately after each reading the respondent repeats as many words as possible. After a five-minute break, the respondent again repeats all the words that he/she can remember without hearing the word list again (short-term delayed recall). There is then a 20-minute break, after which the respondent is again asked to recall the words (long-term delayed recall). Finally, the respondent is shown a list containing the 12 learned words and 12 new words: he/she is asked to indicate which of these 24 words appeared on the original list of 12 that were learned.

Formas de prueba

S1: Standard form.

S2: Parallel form.


The following main variables are scored:

  • Learning total.
  • Short-term delayed recall.
  • Long-term delayed recall.
  • Recognition.

Elementos de evaluación

Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report
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Tipo de prueba

Special Ability Tests

Información de prueba

language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing




approx. 38 minutes (including breaks totaling 25 minutes).


Norms for ages 18+.

Age-specific norms for ages 50+.

Características especiales

Important: A supervisor must administer the test, and the respondent must not see the screen on which the word list appears!