Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) Examiner's Practice Workbook

Authors: Nickola Nelson Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Elena Plante Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks Sc.D., CCC-SLP, Gillian Hotz Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Format: Saddle-Stitched, 116 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598579130
Price: $24.95

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TILLS at-a-glance


This Examiners Practice Workbook provides helpful instructions and scoring practice for the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS).

Section I provides step-by-step practice exercises for each of the 15 TILLS subtests. The exercises provide opportunity to check your understanding of both administration and scoring procedures.

Section II reviews how to transform raw scores to standard scores and percentile ranks. It also shows how to use standard scores to calculate composite scores and an Identification Core score for the students age. The Identification Core score can be compared with a cut score to identify language/literacy disorders.

Section III focuses on how to obtain the three scores of the Written Expression subtest. It includes a tutorial on grammar and T-unit division and numerous scored examples to show you how to handle challenging issues.

As you use the Practice Workbook, be sure to have on hand your TILLS Examiners Manual, a blank Examiner Record Form, and the Digital Audio Files (on USB drive). One section of the Digital Audio Files provides sound clips to use with the practice exercises.

Completing the exercises in this Practice Workbook will help you:

  • Practice establishing basals and ceilings
  • Understand when probes can be used
  • See when item answers can reveal a students strengths as well as weaknesses
  • Know how to handle a students self-corrections
  • Make modifications for students with special needs
  • Know what to do if a student expresses frustration or declines to do a task
  • Check your understanding of counting words, T-units, and word errors in the Written Expression subtest
  • Learn when it can be useful to compare a students responses on one subtest to results on other subtests

Keep your Practice Workbook as a helpful reminder of administration rules and a quick reference for scoring assistance. Youll find it a useful tool for efficient and accurate TILLS administration.


TEST OF INTEGRATED LANGUAGE AND LITERACY SKILLS (TILLS) is the reliable, valid assessment professionals need to test oral and written language skills in students ages 6–18 years. TILLS is a comprehensive, norm-referenced test that has been standardized for three purposes:

  • To identify language and literacy disorders
  • To document patterns of relative strengths and weaknesses
  • To track changes in language and literacy skills over time

To achieve these purposes, TILLS is constructed to allow you to derive scores for identifying, tracking, and profiling a students strengths and weaknesses and interpreting the results to support decisions about what to do next.

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