Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Controlled Oral Word Association Test

  • Janet PattersonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_876

Synonyms

Category fluency; CFL test; COWA; COWAT; F-A-S test; Letter fluency; Phonemic fluency; Verbal fluency

Description

The Controlled Oral Word Association Test (COWAT) is a measure of verbal fluency and is a subtest of the Multilingual Aphasia Examination (MAE; Benton et al. 1994). The COWAT uses two three letter sets – C, F, and L; and P, R, and W (Ross et al. 2006) – to assess phonemic fluency. Individuals are given 1 min to name as many words as possible beginning with one of the letters. The procedure is then repeated for the remaining two letters (see Strauss et al. 2006; Benton et al. 1994 for specific administration instructions). Several tests of phonemic fluency exist, some of which are part of larger test batteries (e.g., the MAE or the Neurosensory Center Comprehensive Examination for Aphasia; Spreen and Benton 1977) and others that can be administered independently (e.g., the F-A-S Test).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ServiceVA Northern California Health Care SystemMartinezUSA