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School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory

Kathy Stroud, PhD, and Cecil Reynolds, PhD

Measures skills related to academic success in individuals ages 8-12 years (Child Form), ages 13-18 years (Teen Form), and ages 14-61 years (College Form)
Paper and pencil, Software
Age range:
8 years to 61 years
20-30 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Designed for both special and general education students, this self-report inventory assesses 10 primary constructs associated with academic motivation, learning strategies, and studies—strategies shown through research to be related to academic success.

  • Seven constructs focus on student strengths and three focus on student liabilities.
  • Scores help you identify problems that interfere with academic development. An Inconsistent Responding Index is also included.
  • The Child Form is appropriate for students ages 8-12 years; the Teen Form is appropriate for students ages 13-18 years. Both forms are written at a 3rd-grade reading level.
  • The SMALSI College Form allows you to evaluate learning strategies specifically in college students.
  • Scored by hand or computer.
  • Standardized on a sample of 2,921 students that reflected U.S. population demographics.