BKB Test

This is the BKB (Bamford-Kowal-Bench) sentence lists.  The vocabulary used in the tests was chosen to suit that of partially hearing children aged 8 and above. The test can also be used with adults and children with normal hearing from the age of 5.

The original test consisted of 21 lists of 16 sentences. Each list has 50 key words to be scored. We have used 20 of the 21 available lists and split them into 4 groups of 5 lists. We are using the recordings  developed by the Institute of Hearing Research, Medical Research Council (IHR/MRC) and University College London (UCL). These recordings are of both male and female speakers and can be used with any of our three background noises.

The test is scored by asking the child to repeat the spoken sentence and identifying the correctly spoken target words.  The final score being the number of correctly identified words from the list of 50 expressed as a percentage.  For example

Spoken wordsMax Score
TOTAL50
the CLOWN had a FUNNY FACE3
the CAR ENGINE’S RUNNING3
SHE CUT with her KNIFE3
CHILDREN LIKE STRAWBERRIES3
the HOUSE had NINE ROOMS3
THEY’RE BUYING some BREAD3
the GREEN TOMATOES are SMALL3
HE PLAYED with his TRAIN3
the POSTMAN SHUT the GATE3
THEY’RE LOOKING AT the CLOCK4
the BAG BUMPS on the GROUND3
the BOY DID a HANDSTAND3
a CAT SITS ON the BED4
the LORRY CARRIED FRUIT3
the RAIN CAME DOWN3
the ICE CREAM was PINK3