7.46. National Adult Reading Test (NART)

7.46.1. History and guide

  • Nelson HE (1982), National Adult Reading Test (NART): For the Assessment of Premorbid Intelligence in Patients with Dementia: Test Manual, NFER-Nelson, Windsor, UK.
  • Nelson HE, Wilson J (1991) National Adult Reading Test (NART), NFER-Nelson, Windsor, UK.
  • The NART-R is the North American revision of the NART. [3]
  • Bright P et al (2016). [2]

7.46.2. Source

7.46.3. Intellectual property rights

Copyright © Hazel E. Nelson. Used with permission.

  • Original work published by NFER-Nelson, as above. Second edition marked “© 1982, 1991, Hazel E. Nelson”.
  • Questions to the publisher. NFER-Nelson no longer exists. Its successors are GL Assessment (http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk) and the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) (http://www.nfer.ac.uk) (http://www.nfer-nelson.co.uk, accessed 2013-05-01). NFER said: “Unfortunately we cannot help you as this was published by NFER-Nelson which is now GL Assessment. We suggest you get back to them as they are the copyright holders.” (Personal communication, NFER to Rudolf Cardinal, 2013-04-30.) GL Assessment said: “Please be advised that you will need to contact the Author of this assessment, as we no longer hold the copy rights.” (Personal communication, GL Assessment to Rudolf Cardinal, 2013-04-30.) The Author is Hazel E. Nelson.
  • Permission from the author. “I am happy for you to use the NART in any of your studies, and to make whatever photocopies etc you want. I am also happy for anyone else who might find the NART useful in their work to use it, without restriction; so I am happy for it to be included in any publication or on any website.” (Personal communication, Hazel Nelson to Rudolf Cardinal, 2013-05-30.)

7.46.4. Instructions

From the NART-R source:

Instructions for administering and scoring the NART-R

The NART-R is administered by giving the subject the list of 61 [1] words and asking him to read each word aloud: “I want you to read slowly down this list of words starting here [indicate “DEBT”] and continuing down this column and on to the next. I must warn you that there are many words that you probably won’t recognize, in fact most people don’t know them, so just guess at these, O.K.? Go ahead.” [1]

The subject should be encouraged to guess, and all responses should be reinforced (“good”, “that’s fine”, etc.). The subject may change a response if he wishes to do so, but if more than one version is given the subject must decide which is his final choice. No time limit is imposed. If the subject becomes frustrated, encourage him to continue to the end. At the end of the task, if the subject wants more information, the examiner should feel free to tell the subject the correct pronunciation and/or meaning of each word (definitions are shown below). If a subject asks for feedback in the middle of the task, simply tell him that you have to wait until he reaches the end of the task.

The examiner indicates on the scoring form whether or not each word was pronounced correctly. It is OK to stop the subject and ask him to slow down if he is reading the words too quickly. Subjects should not be penalized for minor variations from the exact pronunciation: because of the irregular, non-phonetic, spelling of the words, it should be obvious when the subject is not familiar with the written form of the target word. At the end of the task, sum the number of errors and the number of correct items. It is very important the subject attempt all of the items. If the subject refuses to complete the entire task, do not score the task.

7.46.5. Pronunciation guide and definitions

Definitions from the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Pronunciations written in IPA, in British English, from:

Word Pronunciation Definition Pronunciation source(s)
CHORD kɔːd noun 1: †1 Agreement, reconciliation; an agreement, a peace treaty. Only in me. †2 = accord n. 4. lme–m17. †3 Mus. A concord; in pl., the notes added to a bass to make up a chord (sense 4). l16–m18. 4 Mus. A group of notes sounded usu. together, combined according to some system. m18. noun 2: 1 Anat. = cord n.1 3, esp. in spinal chord, vocal chord m16. 2 A straight line joining the extremities of an arc. Cf. earlier cord n.1 5. l16. b Aeronaut. The width of an aerofoil from leading to trailing edge. e20. †3 = cord n.1 1. m17–e19. 4 The string of a harp or other instrument. Chiefly poet. or fig. m17. 5 Engin. Either of the two principal members of the truss of a bridge. l19. verb: Form a chord (with); harmonize. WED, OALD
ACHE eɪk noun: A continuous or prolonged dull pain, physical or mental. aches and pains colloq. minor ailments and physical discomforts. WED, OALD
DEPOT ˈdɛpəʊ noun: 1 †a The action or an act of depositing. rare. l18–m19. b A deposit, a collection, a store. Now spec. (transf. f. sense 4 below) a localized accumulation of a substance in the body. m19. 2 A military establishment at which stores are deposited, recruits or other troops assembled, or, formerly, prisoners of war confined; esp. a regimental headquarters. l18. 3 A place where goods etc. are deposited or stored, often for later dispatch; a storehouse, an emporium. l18. b A place where vehicles, locomotives, etc., are housed and maintained and from which they are dispatched for service; N. Amer. a railway or bus station. m19. 4 A site in the body at which a particular substance naturally concentrates or is deposited. e20. WED, OALD
AISLE aɪl noun: 1 A wing or lateral division of a church; a part parallel to, and usu. divided by pillars from, the main nave, choir, or transept. See also cross- aisle. lme. 2 A passage between rows of pews or seats; a passage between cabinets and shelves of goods in a supermarket etc. m18. 3 Any architectural division of a church. m18. WED, OALD
BOUQUET buˈkeɪ noun: 1 A bunch of flowers, esp. a large attractive one for use at a ceremony. e18. b fig. A compliment. e20. 2 The perfume of wine etc. m19. 3 bouquet garni /”gA:ni/ [Fr., lit. ‘garnished bouquet’], a bunch of herbs for flavouring. m19. 4 A number of rockets etc. fired together. l19. OALD
PSALM sɑːm noun: 1 A sacred song that is or may be sung in religious worship; a hymn. Also, any song or ode of a sacred or serious character. oe. 2 spec. Any of the sacred songs traditionally held to have been composed by King David, contained in the Book of Psalms, a book of the Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, used in both Jewish and Christian worship; a version or paraphrase of any of these, esp. as set for metrical chanting. In pl. (treated as sing.) (P-), the Book of Psalms. oe. WED, OALD
CAPON ˈkeɪpɒn, ˈkeɪpən noun: A n. 1 A castrated domestic cock (usu. one fattened for eating). Cf. poulard. loe. †2 A eunuch. me–l17. 3 A dull-witted person. obs. exc. dial. m16. †4 A billet-doux. Cf. poulet. rare (Shakes.). Only in l16. 5 A kind of fish, esp. a red herring. dial. m17. verb: B v.t. Make a capon of; castrate. l16. WED, OALD
DENY dɪˈnaɪ noun: 1 (A) refusal of what is asked, offered, etc. lme–e17. 2 (A) contradiction of a statement; negation. m16–e17. verb: 1 Contradict (a statement or allegation); declare to be untrue or untenable. me. 2 Logic. Assert the contradictory of (a proposition). lme. 3 Refuse to admit the truth of (a doctrine etc.); refuse to admit the existence or reality of. lme. 4 Refuse to recognize or acknowledge (a person or thing) as having a certain character or certain claims; disown, disavow, repudiate. lme. 5 Withhold (a thing requested, claimed, or desired); refuse to give or grant. (Foll. by to a person, or w. indirect obj.) lme. b Refuse access to (a person sought). m17. 6 Refuse the request or demand of (a person). Formerly also, reject (a candidate). lme. †b Refuse admittance to (a visitor). l16–m18. 7 Refuse to be or do. obs. exc. Sc. lme. 8 Refuse permission to or for; forbid (to do, the doing of). Now rare. lme. †9 Refuse to take or accept. lme–e18. 10 refl. Refrain from the gratification of desire; be abstinent. lme. WED, OALD
NAUSEA ˈnɔːziə, ˈnɔːsiə noun: 1 A feeling of sickness, with loathing of food and inclination to vomit. lme. b Seasickness. m18. 2 transf. A strong feeling of disgust, loathing, or aversion. e17. 3 Something causing sickness or loathing. m17. WED, OALD
DEBT det noun: 1 Something owed or due; something (as money, goods, or service) which one person is under an obligation to pay or render to another. me. b spec. In biblical translations and allusions: an offence requiring atonement, a sin. me. 2 A liability or obligation to pay or render something; the condition of being so liable or obligated. me. †3 (One’s) duty. Chiefly Sc. me–l16. † adjective: Owed, owing. WED, OALD
COURTEOUS ˈkɜːtiəs adjective: 1 Having manners such as befit the court of a prince; polite, kind, considerate, in manner or approach. me. †2 Of a superior: gracious. me–e19. 3 Of a deed, quality, etc.: appropriate to a courteous person, showing courtesy. me. WED, OALD
RAREFY ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪ verb: 1 v.t. & (rare) i. Make or become thin, esp. by expansion; make or become less dense or solid. lme. 2 v.t. fig. Make less material; make (an idea, argument, etc.) more subtle; refine, purify. l16. WED
EQUIVOCAL ɪˈkwɪvəkəl), ɪˈkwɪvəkl adjective: A adj. 1 a Of evidence, signs, etc.: of uncertain or doubtful significance. m16. b Of sentiments, an attitude, etc.: undecided. l18. 2 Capable of more than one interpretation; ambiguous. l16. †b Of a person: expressing himself or herself in equivocal terms. rare (Shakes.). Only in e17. 3 Of uncertain nature. m17. †4 Equal in name but not in reality. m17–m18. 5 Of a person, condition, tendency, etc.: questionable, suspicious; of doubtful merit or character. l18. noun: †B n. An equivocal term; a homonym. m17–m18. WED, OALD
NAÏVE naɪˈiːv adjective: 1 Unaffected, unconsciously artless. Also, foolishly credulous, simple. m17. b Of art etc.: straightforward in style, eschewing subtlety or conventional technique. Cf. primitive a. 9. m20. 2 Med. & Psychol. Not having had a particular experience before, or been the subject of a particular experiment; lacking the knowledge to guess the purpose of an experiment; esp. not having taken or received a particular drug. (Foll. by to.) m20. WED, OALD
CATACOMB ˈkætəˌkəʊm, ˈkætəˌkuːm noun: 1 In pl. & †sing. The subterranean cemetery of St Sebastian near Rome, consisting of galleries or passages with recesses excavated in the sides for tombs. oe. 2 In pl. The many other Roman subterranean galleries; similar works elsewhere. m17. 3 sing. A single crypt or gallery in such works. rare. e18. 4 transf. A (wine) cellar. l18. WED, OALD
GAOLED dʒeɪld variant of jailed // jail (verb): B v.t. Imprison; put in or as in jail. e17. WED, OALD, d suffix
THYME taɪm noun: Any of various pungently aromatic dwarf labiate shrubs of the genus Thymus; esp. T. vulgaris (more fully garden thyme), a low erect Mediterranean plant cultivated as a pot-herb, and T. praecox (more fully wild thyme), a mat-forming plant of heaths, hill grassland, etc.; collect. the leaves of garden thyme, used as a flavouring. Also (w. specifying wd), any of several related or similar plants. WED, OALD
HEIR ɛə, eə(r) noun: 1 A person receiving or entitled by law to receive property or rank as the successor or legal representative of the former owner. me. 2 transf. & fig. A person possessing or entitled to possess any gift or quality, orig. in succession to another. Now usu., a person to whom something, as joy, punishment, etc., is morally due. me. †3 fig. An offspring, product. lme–l16. verb (transitive): Inherit; be or make heir to; acquire by inheritance or succession. WED, OALD
RADIX ˈreɪdɪks noun: 1 †a Math. A root of a number. l16–e18. b Math. & Computing. = base n.1 7. l18. †2 Astrol. & Astron. A fact used as a basis of calculation, as a nativity, a position of a planet, etc. e17–l18. 3 A thing in which something originates; a source. e17. †4 Philol. An original word or form from which other words are derived. m17–l18. WED
ASSIGNATE ˈæsɪɡneɪt adjective:obsolete; very rare! From the full Oxford English Dictionary: [Etymology: Latin assignātus: see assignat n.] [Obs. rare.] Assigned, specified. [Quotations: 1471 G. Ripley “Compound of Alchymy” (Ashm. 1652) v. 150 Blacknes..ys Of kyndly Commyxyon to the tokyn assygnate.] NART notation as′-ig-nāt; my IPA adaptation from that and WED/OALD assignation, prelate
HIATUS haɪˈeɪtəs noun: 1 A physical break in continuity; a gaping chasm; an opening, an aperture. rare in gen. sense. m16. b Anat. Any of various natural openings or gaps. Usu. w. specifying wd. l19. 2 A gap or break in continuity, esp. in a series or an account; a missing link in a chain of events; esp. in Geol. (the time value of) a break or unconformity in the stratigraphic sequence. e17. b Logic. A missing link in a chain of argument, a gap in reasoning or evidence. m19. 3 Gram. & Pros. A break between two vowels which come together without an intervening consonant in successive words or syllables. e18. WED, OALD
SUBTLE ˈsʌtəl, ˈsʌtl adjective: 1 Not easily grasped, understood, or perceived; now esp., so delicate or precise as to elude observation or analysis. Formerly also, intricate, abstruse. me. b Working secretly, taking effect imperceptibly; insidious. e17. 2 (Of a person) skilful, expert, dexterous; (of a thing) ingenious, cleverly designed, skilfully contrived. arch. me. 3 Penetrating, perceptive, acute; capable of making fine distinctions. me. 4 Crafty, cunning; insidiously sly, deceitful. Long rare or obs. me. †b Of ground: tricky. e–m17. 5 Of thin consistency, not dense, rarefied; (of a smell, colour, etc.) pervasive or elusive by reason of tenuity, faint, delicate. lme. b Of fine or delicate texture or composition. arch. lme. 6 Not thick or broad; thin, slender. Long rare or obs. lme. †7 Consisting of fine particles, finely powdered; (of particles) fine, minute. lme–l18. WED, OALD
PROCREATE ˈprəʊkrɪˌeɪt, ˈprəʊkrieɪt verb: 1 v.t. & i. Bring (offspring) into existence by the natural process of reproduction; beget. lme. 2 v.t. Produce, give rise to, occasion. Now rare or obs. m16. WED, OALD
GIST dʒɪst †noun 1 A stopping-place, a lodging. noun 2 The right of pasture for cattle at a certain rate of payment etc.; the payment made for this; agistment. noun 3 1 Law. The real ground or point of an action etc. e18. 2 The substance, essence, or main part of a matter. e19. †noun 4 and verb 1 see JOIST n. & v. verb 2 = AGIST WED, OALD
GOUGE ɡaʊdʒ noun: 1 A chisel with a concave blade for cutting rounded grooves or holes. Also, a surgical chisel for removing portions of bone. lme. b Bookbinding. A tool for impressing a curved line or segment of a circle on the leather; such a marking itself. l19. 2 An act of gouging; a groove or mark made by gouging. m19. 3 A swindle. US colloq. l19. verb: 1 v.t. Cut or make holes in with or as with a gouge. l16. b v.i. Work with a gouge. m19. 2 v.t. Cut, hollow, scoop, or force (out) with or as with a gouge. e17. 3 v.t. & i. Force out the eye of (a person); force out (a person’s eye). l18. 4 v.t. & i. Cheat, steal, impose upon. N. Amer. colloq. m19. 5 v.i. In opal-mining, make an exploratory search to locate worthless material; dig for opal generally. Austral. m20. WED, OALD
SUPERFLUOUS suːˈpɜːflʊəs, suːˈpɜːfluəs, sjuːˈpɜːfluəs adjective and noun: A adj. 1 Exceeding what is sufficient; extravagant; superabundant. Also foll. by of, din. lme. 2 Not needed or required; redundant, uncalled-for; unnecessary (also foll. by to do). Also, (of a person) doing more than is required. lme. †b Ineffective, unprofitable; vain. rare. m16–m17. †3 a Exceeding propriety or the norm; immoderate, inordinate. lme–e17. b Mus. = augmented 2. m18–m19. B absol. as n. the superfluous, that which is superfluous; superfluous people as a class. rare. m19. WED, OALD
SIMILE ˈsɪmɪlɪ, ˈsɪməli noun and verb: A n. 1 A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another of a different kind, as an illustration or ornament. lme. †2 Resemblance, similarity. Only in 17. B v.t. Pres. pple & vbl n. simileing. Express by a simile. rare. e18. WED, OALD
BANAL bəˈnɑːl adjective: 1 Hist. Of or belonging to compulsory feudal service. m18. 2 Commonplace, trite, trivial. m19. ¶Sense 2 developed from the intermediate French sense ‘common to all’. WED, OALD
QUADRUPED ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd, ˈkwɒdruped noun: A n. 1 An animal which has four feet, esp. an ungulate mammal. m17. †2 spec. A horse. m17–m19. B adj. Of or pertaining to quadrupeds; quadrupedal. m18. WED, OALD
CELLIST ˈtʃelɪst noun: a player of the cello L19. OALD
FAÇADE fəˈsɑːd, fæˈsɑːd noun: 1 The face or front of a building, esp. the principal front, looking on to a street or open space. m17. 2 An outward appearance or front, esp. one which is deceptive. l19. WED, OALD
ZEALOT ˈzɛlət noun and adjective: A n. 1 Hist. A member of a Jewish sect in Palestine, whose passionate opposition to foreign rule led to the Jewish uprising of ad 66–70 against Rome. m16. 2 A person who is zealous (for a cause). Usu., a person who is carried away by excess of zeal; a fanatical enthusiast. m17. 2 w. w. newcomb Dedicated, and single-minded, he became a zealot in his determination to record..the rock art of Texas. w. styron The Professor was also a practicing Catholic, though hardly a zealot. B attrib. or as adj. That is a zealot; characteristic of a zealot. m16. WED, OALD
DRACHM dræm noun: 1 = drachma 2. Now rare or obs. lme. b = dirham. Now rare or obs. m16. 2 A unit of weight orig. equal to the weight of a drachma; an apothecaries’ weight of 1/8 ounce (60 grains); an avoirdupois weight of 1/16 ounce (approx. 27.344 grains). Also = fluid drachm s.v. fluid a. lme. 3 fig. A small quantity. lme. WED
AEON ˈiːən, ˈiːɒn noun: 1 An age of the universe; an immeasurable period of time; eternity; colloq. a very long time. m17. b Geol. The largest division of geological time, composed of several eras. m20. c Astron. & Geol. One thousand million years. m20. 2 The personification of an age; Gnostic Philos. a power existing outside time, an emanation or phase of the supreme deity. m17. WED, OALD
PLACEBO pləˈsiːbəʊ noun: 1 RC Ch. The vespers for the dead, from the initial word of the antiphon formerly used to open the office. me. †2 A flatterer, a sycophant. lme–l18. 3 A pill, medicine, procedure, etc., prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient of being given a prescription than for any physiological effect. Also, a substance with no therapeutic effect used as a control in testing new drugs etc.; a blank sample in a test. l18. WED, OALD
ABSTEMIOUS əbˈstiːmɪəs, əbˈstiːmiəs adjective: Sparing, moderate, not self-indulgent, esp. in food and drink. WED, OALD
DÉTENTE deɪˈtɑːnt, French detɑ̃t noun: The easing of strained relations, esp. between States. WED, OALD
IDYLL ˈɪdɪl noun: 1 A short description in verse or (freq. more fully prose idyll) in prose of a picturesque scene or incident, esp. in rustic life. l16. 2 An episode suitable for treatment in such verse or prose, esp. a love-story. m19. 3 Mus. An instrumental composition on a pastoral or sentimental subject. l19. WED, OALD
PUERPERAL pjuːˈɜːpərəl adjective: Med. Of, pertaining to, accompanying, or following childbirth. WED
AVER əˈvɜː, əˈvɜː(r) noun and verb 1: A n. A draught horse; an old horse, a nag. oe. †B v.t. Supply with horse-transport. Only in oe. verb 2: †1 Declare true. lme–m17. †2 Prove true; confirm. lme–l17. 3 Law. Prove or justify (a plea etc.); make an averment that. lme. 4 Assert as a fact; state positively, affirm. l16. 5 Assert the existence or occurrence of. arch. e17. WED, OALD
GAUCHE ɡəʊʃ adjective: 1 Lacking in tact or ease of manner, awkward, blundering; lacking in subtlety or skill, crude, unsophisticated. m18. 2 Math. Skew, not plane. arch. l19. b Chem. Of a molecular conformation: skew, having two groups staggered along a central axis by (about) 60 degrees. m20. WED, OALD
TOPIARY ˈtəʊpɪərɪ, ˈtəʊpiəri adjective and noun: A adj. Concerned with, involving, or formed by the clipping of shrubs, trees, etc., into ornamental geometric, animal, or other shapes. l16. B n. The art of clipping shrubs etc. into ornamental shapes; an example of this, a piece of topiary work. e20. WED, OALD
LEVIATHAN lɪˈvaɪəθən, ləˈvaɪəθən noun and adjective: A n. 1 An (imaginary or real) aquatic animal of enormous size; a sea-monster. lme. b fig. A man of vast and formidable power or enormous wealth. e17. c Anything very large of its kind; esp. a huge ship. e19. 2 [After Isa. 27:1.] Satan. lme. 3 [After a book by Hobbes, 1651.] The commonwealth, the State. In later use, a totalitarian or bureaucratic regime. m17. B adj. Huge, monstrous. e17. WED, OALD
BEATIFY bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ, biˈætɪfaɪ verb: 1 Make blessed or supremely happy. m16. 2 RC Ch. Announce the beatification of; declare blessed. e17. WED, OALD
PRELATE ˈprɛlɪt, ˈprelət noun: 1 An ecclesiastical dignitary of high rank and authority, as a bishop, archbishop, or (now Hist.) an abbot or prior. me. †b A chief priest of a religion other than Christianity, esp. the Jewish religion. lme–e17. †2 gen. A person with superiority or authority; a chief, a superior. lme–l18. WED, OALD
SIDEREAL saɪˈdɪərɪəl, saɪˈdɪəriəl adjective: 1 Of or pertaining to the stars. m17. †2 Starlike, lustrous, bright. rare. Only in m17. 3 Of (a period of) time: determined or measured with reference to the apparent motion of the stars. Of planetary or lunar motion: relative to the stars. l17. 4 Concerned with the stars. m19. WED, OALD
DEMESNE dɪˈmeɪn, dɪˈmiːn, dəˈmeɪn noun and adjective: A n. 1 Law (now Hist.). The possession of real property as one’s own. me. †b gen. Possession; dominion, power. me–m18. 2 a The land or territory subject to a ruler: sovereign territory; a realm, domain. arch. me. b sing. & (freq.) in pl. Landed property, estates. l16. 3 a Hist. Land held and worked by the owner for the maintenance of his or her own household, i.e. not let to a subordinate tenant. lme. b The land immediately adjacent to a manor-house etc. retained by the owner for his or her own use; the park, home farm, etc. m16. 4 fig. A district, a region; the territory or sphere of. arch. or poet. l16. B attrib. or as adj. Of, pertaining to, or constituting a demesne. lme. WED, OALD
SYNCOPE ˈsɪŋkəpɪ noun: 1 Fainting; temporary loss of consciousness caused by an insufficient flow of blood to the brain, freq. due to blood loss, shock, long standing, overheating, etc. Also occas., local loss of blood pressure in any part of the body. lme. 2 Shortening of a word by omission of one or more syllables or letters in the middle; a word so shortened. m16. †3 Mus. = syncopation 2. m17–l18. 4 gen. A cutting short of something; sudden cessation or interruption. rare. m17. †verb: 1 v.t. Cut short, reduce; slur over (a word or syllable). Only in lme. 2 Mus. a v.t. Syncopate. e–m18. b v.i. Be syncopated. m18–e19. WED, OALD
LABILE ˈleɪbɪl adjective: 1 Liable to lapse. Of a person: apt to err or sin; Theol. liable to fall from innocence. lme. 2 Liable to undergo displacement in position or change in nature, form, chemical composition, etc.; unstable; esp. in Chem. (of an attached ligand or group) readily displaced by another, (of a bond) readily broken. e17. b Psychol. Emotionally or behaviourally unstable. m20. WED
CAMPANILE ˌkæmpəˈniːlɪ, ˌkæmpəˈniːli noun: A (usu. lofty and detached) bell-tower, esp. in Italy. WED, OALD

7.46.6. Plain NART word list


There are 50 words in the NART.

7.46.7. NART scoring

Scoring systems include:

  • Nelson 1982 [4]
    • Predicted WAIS Full Scale IQ = 127.7 – 0.826 × NART error score
    • Predicted WAIS Verbal IQ = 129.0 – 0.919 × NART error score
    • Predicted WAIS Performance IQ = 123.5 – 0.645 × NART error score
  • Nelson & Willison 1991 [5]:
    • Predicted WAIS-R full-scale IQ = 130.6 – 1.24 × errors
  • Bright et al. 2016 [2]:
    • Predicted WAIS-IV full-scale IQ = 126.41 – 0.9775 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV General Ability Index = 126.5 – 0.9656 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV Verbal Comprehension Index = 126.81 – 1.0745 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV Perceptual Reasoning Index = 120.18 – 0.6242 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV Working Memory Index = 120.53 – 0.7901 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV Perceptual Speed Index = 114.53 – 0.5285 × errors
    • Predicted WAIS-IV Perceptual Speed Index = 114.53 – 0.5285 × errors

7.46.8. NART-R word list (North American revision of the NART)

hors d’oeuvre

There are 61 words in the NART-R.

7.46.9. NART-R scoring

Scoring system [3]:

  • Estimated Verbal Scale IQ = 128.7 – .89 × (Revised NART Errors)
  • Estimated Performance Scale IQ = 119.4 – .42 × (Revised NART Errors)
  • Estimated Full Scale IQ = 127.8 – .78 × (Revised NART Errors)
  • (The standard errors of estimate are 6.56, 10.67, and 7.63, respectively.)


[1](1, 2) First word is DEBT in the NART-R but CHORD in the NART. There are 61 words in the NART-R but 50 in the NART.
[2](1, 2) The National Adult Reading Test: restandardisation against the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Fourth edition. Bright P et al (2016), https://www.pubmed.gov/27624393.
[3](1, 2) Blair & Spreen (1989). Predicting premorbid IQ: A revision of the national adult reading test. The Clinical Neuropsychologist 3: 129–136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13854048908403285.
[4]Appendix 2 (“Test data”) of Nelson HE (1982), National Adult Reading Test (NART): For the Assessment of Premorbid Intelligence in Patients with Dementia: Test Manual, NFER-Nelson, Windsor, UK.
[5]Nelson HE, Wilson J (1991). National Adult Reading Test (NART). Windsor: NFER-Nelson.