Bracken Basic Concept Scale | Fourth Edition: Receptive

The Bracken Basic Concept Scale, Fourth Edition: Receptive (BBCS–4:R) is a developmental assessment designed to evaluate children's school readiness in terms of their understanding of basic concepts that are strongly related to early childhood cognitive and language development as well as early academic achievement.


Publication date:
Late fall 2022
Age range:
3:0 through 7:11 years
BBCS–4:R: School Readiness Composite (SRC) and Receptive Total  Composite (Receptive TC) standard scores, School Readiness Subtests (SRS) and subtests 7–10 scaled scores, percentile ranks, concept age equivalents, growth scale values, and descriptive classifications; BBCS–4:R Spanish Record Form: raw scores and number correct for each subtest; Receptive Total
Qualification level:
Completion time:
School Readiness Composite (SRC): 15–20 minutes; Total Receptive Total Composite (RTC): 35–45 minutes
Q-interactive®, Q-global®, paper-and-pencil
Scoring options:
Q-interactive, Q-global, and manual scoring
Report Options:
Q-interactive score report, Q-global score report
Other languages:
Spanish translation (Record Form and Concept Development Guide)

Product Details

The BBCS–4:R will be available late fall!

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The BBCS–4:R is a developmental assessment used to assess children’s school readiness skills in terms of their comprehension of basic concepts used in daily classroom conversations, teacher directions, and school curricula. Concept knowledge is a powerful predictor of language development, cognitive functioning, and school readiness. The BBCS–4:R is especially important for psychologists who assess children with developmental delays, autism, selective mutism, and hearing impairments, educators seeking to determine a child's school readiness, and speech-language pathologists evaluating concept development​. Test results are compared to national norms.


BBCS–4:R aids in:

  • Determining if a child has mastered the basic concepts that are related to school readiness
  • Identifying deficits in concept development and planning interventions
  • Comparing assessment outcomes to each state’s early childhood educational standards
  • Facilitating the developmental assessment of children with limited verbal expression (e.g., children with autism, selective mutism, or children who are shy/reticent) by using a pointing response mode
  • Comparing children’s receptive and expressive conceptual knowledge with the BBCS–4:R and Bracken Basic Concept Scale: Expressive (BBCS:E)
  • Assessing diverse populations of children (artwork is inclusive, developmentally appropriate, colorful, and engaging)
  • Assessing Spanish-speaking students (includes Spanish translation of the BBCS–4:R and the BBCS:E Record Forms)


BBCS–4:R details

  • The BBCS–4:R provides the most comprehensive assessment of concept development available, assessing more than 280 important concepts across these 10 domains:
    1. Colors
    2. Letters
    3. Numbers/Counting
    4. Sizes/Comparisons
    5. Shapes
    6. Self-/Social Awareness
    7. Direction/Position
    8. Texture/Material
    9. Quantity
    10. Time/Sequence
  • Commonly used in early childhood classrooms by teachers giving directions and presenting curricular material, the BBCS–4:R concepts correspond to school curricula and educational standards across all 50 states.  
  • BBCS–4:R items and artwork were reviewed for content and cultural bias by speech-language pathologists and education specialists focused on the assessment of diverse populations. Note: More technical information to come when reliability and validity studies are completed in 2022.

Scoring and Reporting

Automated scoring and reporting

When using Q-interactive via two Bluetooth®-connected iPad®s, examinee responses are recorded and scored on the examiner’s iPad. BBCS–4:R automatically calculates the child’s School Readiness Composite standard score (SRC), School Readiness Subtests (SRS) scaled score, remaining subtest scaled scores, percentile ranks, concept age equivalents, normal curve equivalents, and growth scale values. 

When the BBCS–4:R is administered using print or Q-global digital assets, examiners may manually score or use Q-global to enter subtest item scores or subtest raw scores. Q-global will quickly and accurately generate a report with the child’s School Readiness Composite standard score (SRC), School Readiness Subtests (SRS) scale score, remaining subtest scaled scores, percentile ranks, concept age equivalents, normal curve equivalents, and growth scale values. Q-global also enables examiners to maintain and print test records, create graphical and summary reports, and provide evidence-based techniques for teaching concepts. 

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