Comprehensive aphasia test

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The comprehensive aphasia test (CAT) was created by Kate Swinburn, Gillian Porter and David Howard. The CAT is a new test for people who have acquired aphasia, the impairment of language ability. The comprehensive assessment can be completed over one or two sessions. The test contains a cognitive screening, a language battery and a disability questionnaire.[1][2][3]

Parts of the test[edit]

The cognitive section assesses people’s abilities across a wide range of tasks that can impact rehabilitation.

Forming the main body of the test, the language battery provides a profile of performance across all modalities of language production and comprehension.

The disability questionnaire explores the practical, psychological, and social impact of impairment from the perspective of the person living with aphasia. The disability questionnaire is optional.


  1. ^ Howard, D.; Swinburn, K.; Porter, G (2004). Comprehensive Aphasia Test. Routledge.Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-84169-379-8. 
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