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Hopkins Verbal Learning Test–Revised

Jason Brandt, PhD, and Ralph H. B. Benedict, PhD

Assesses verbal learning and memory
Paper and pencil, Online scoring via PARiConnect, Download
Age range:
16 years and older
5-10 minutes
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Now available! HVLT-R Score Reports are now on PARiConnect. Get scores based on a paper-and-pencil administration.

Easy to administer and score and well tolerated even by significantly impaired individuals, the HVLT-R has been validated within brain-disordered populations (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, amnestic disorders) as a measure of verbal learning and memory.

Features and benefits

  • Each form consists of a list of 12 nouns (targets) with four words drawn from each of three semantic categories. The semantic categories differ across the six forms, but the forms are very similar in their psychometric properties.
  • Raw scores are derived for Total Recall, Delayed Recall, Retention (% retained), and a Recognition Discrimination Index.
  • Has high test-retest reliability, and construct, concurrent, and discriminant validity have been well established.

Scoring software also available

The HVLT-R/BVMT-R SP provides unlimited scoring and reporting for both instruments after hand-entry of an individual’s raw scores.

  • The software generates up to five reports: an HVLT-R Score Report, an HVLT-R Longitudinal Report, a BVMT-R Score Report, a BVMT-R Longitudinal Report, and an HVLT-R/BVMT-R Discrepancy Report.
  • The Professional Manual Supplement provides information about the development, use, and interpretation of new scores, including reliable change scores and discrepancy scores. In addition, normative data are included for all new scores.

Note: Stopwatch is required for administration.


A comprehensive list of research articles related to the HVLT-R is available via Mendeley, a free reference management tool. After accessing the link, you will be prompted to create an account. A white paper describing how to use this research repository can be found here. Use of this resource is encouraged to facilitate research using the HVLT-R. Both the list and the white paper are available in the Resources tab above.