TNL-2 Complete Kit

Test of Narrative Language–Second Edition

By Ronald B. Gillam and Nils A. Pearson

Ages 4;0 to 15;11

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2017 Test for ages 4;0-15;11 measures narrative development and identifies impairments in narrative comprehension and narrative production. Includes Manual, Picture Book, 25 Examiner Record Booklets. Boxed.
2017 Test for ages 4;0-15;11 measures narrative development and identifies impairments in narrative comprehension and narrative production. Includes Manual, Picture Book, 25 Examiner Record Booklets. Boxed.
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Author(s) Ronald B. Gillam and Nils A. Pearson
Topic Grammar and Syntax, Language, Sequencing, SLP Resources, Storytelling, Tests, Vocabulary
Brand PRO-ED

TNL-2 Complete Kit

  • Ages: 4;0 to 15;11
  • Testing Time: 15 to 20 minutes
  • Administration: Individual
  • Norm-referenced: standard scores, age equivalents
  • Test of Narrative Language: Second Edition Complete Kit: Examiner’s Manual, Picture Book, 25 Examiner Record Booklets, Boxed. (2017)
  • Qualification Level: B

The Test of Narrative Language–Second Edition (TNL-2) is a norm-referenced test that measures children’s narrative language abilities (i.e., children’s ability to understand and tell stories). Narration is an important aspect of spoken language (not usually measured by oral-language tests) that provides a critical foundation for literacy.

The TNL-2 enables clinicians to assess important aspects of narrative language without having to transcribe children’s stories – saving hours of transcription time. TNL-2 provides a valid and reliable metric of narrative language development and is a natural complement to other standardized tests that use contrived formats to assess components of oral language. It is especially useful for diagnosing language-based learning disabilities.

Features of the TNL-2

The TNL-2 is a:

  • functional assessment of narrative comprehension and narrative production.
  • dynamic assessment in which comprehension and production tasks are alternated so children have the opportunity to profit from adult narrative models.
  • measure of the ability to comprehend and produce three types of stories: a script, a personal narrative, and a fictional narrative.
  • system for scoring oral narratives that does not require clinicians to transcribe the stories.
  • normative test with clear, well-organized norms tables and administration procedures, as well as an easy-to-use record form.
  • fair and equitable assessment of narrative discourse for all children.

Improvements in the TNL-2

The test has been improved in three major ways: (1) new, more colorful pictures, (2) more inferential comprehension questions, and (3) a consistent scoring format. Additional improvements to the test, based on feedback and current research, include:

  • The normative sample is larger than the sample for the original TNL, with a wider age range (4–15 for the TNL-2 as compared to 5–12 for the TNL) and many more children at each age.
  • New standardization data collected between 2013 and 2015 is the basis for the new norms. The demographic characteristics of the sample conform to those of the population reported by the U.S. Census Bureau ( and are representative of the U.S. population.
  • The McDonald’s story retelling now has a picture that supports it, so that all the comprehension and production tasks have the same visual support.
  • The picture revisions are more colorful and interesting to children.
  • The number of items on the comprehension tasks increased to include more inferential items; more items for the youngest, low-functioning examinees; and more items for the oldest, high-functioning examinees.
  • The scoring system for the oral narratives is now similar across the three types of stories. These changes make the TNL-2 easier to score and more reliable.
  • Expanded reliability and validity chapters.
  • Numerous studies provide evidence of the test’s construct validity and its long-term stability.
  • Studies of the test’s diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity and specificity) support its use for diagnosing children with language impairment and language-based learning disabilities that affect reading and writing.


  • Examiner’s Manual
  • Picture Book
  • 25 Examiner Record Booklets
  • Boxed
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    I like this test. It allows me to do a thorough investigation of narrative skills in children.

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