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Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)
A Measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Children

By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Jill de Villiers, Ph.D.,
Aquiles Iglesias, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Mary Sweig Wilson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Early identification is the first step to helping young children with language delays improve their skills—proficiencies that are so important to later reading success. But how do you find the children who might need help? It’s simple with the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™), a one-of-a-kind tool that helps you evaluate whether children are making language progress appropriate for their age group.

Administered during the regular day, typically one child at a time in a quiet area of the classroom, the QUILS is a helpful addition to kindergarten entry assessments and an ideal tool for use in individual classrooms or centers. The format ensures standardized delivery for each child, while automatically generated scores save time for busy teachers—providing cut scores by age level, standard scores, percentile ranks, and reports to share with colleagues and families. And this game-like interactive measure is so much fun, children might even ask if they can do it again!

QUILS™ At A Glance
What is the age range?
Ages 3 through 5
In what settings is it used?
Early childhood settings: public and private preschool, Head Start, and child care programs
Who completes it?
On any desktop, laptop, iPad, or Android tablet with touchscreen technology and Internet access
How is it administered?
On any desktop, laptop, iPad, or Android tablet with touchscreen technology and Internet access
Who uses the results?
Early childhood educators and administrators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, speech-language pathologists, psychologists
How long does the assessment take?
Approximately 15−20 minutes
What is the number of items on the assessment?
48 questions
What is the research base?
Psychometric studies have established the QUILS’ reliability and validity and ensured that all items are culturally neutral

Screen in 3 key areas:
Can children understand questions like where, when, and how?
What words do children already know?
How good are children at learning new language items?