Word chopping / Segments
Word chopping (or Segments for students aged 11) is a test of syllable and phoneme deletion that identifies poor phonological processing ability. Students are verbally presented with real words and asked what the word would sound like if part of the word was removed. Students can hear the instructions for each item as many times as they want by clicking or tapping on the question mark. The four speakers play four different answers which the student can hear as many times as they want to by clicking or tapping on the speaker. When they hear the answer that they think is correct they select that speaker and then use the green arrow to move on. The student starts by attempting some ‘probe’ items to determine the level at which they should start the subtest. Their progress through the subtest depends on their performance and the subtest is discontinued when the student fails a certain number of items within a level.
Figure 26. Word chopping subtest