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Reading Comprehension Battery for Aphasia- 2nd Edition

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Measures reading impairment in adults with aphasia.

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Instrument Details

Acronym RCBA-2

Assessment Type


Administration Mode

Paper & Pencil


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Actual Cost



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Key Descriptions

  • Allows for entirely nonverbal responses.
  • Covers a wide range of difficulty, from single words through complex paragraphs.
  • Numerous aspects of reading are assessed, including:
    1) Word order
    2) Factual vs. inferential reading
    3) Synonym recognition
  • The 20 subtests cover a diverse range of activities including:
    1) Single-word comprehension for visual confusions
    2) Auditory confusions, and semantic confusions
    3) Functional reading
    4) Synonyms
    5) Sentence comprehension
    6) Short paragraph comprehension
    7) Paragraphs
    8) Morpho-syntactic reading with lexical controls

Equipment Required

  • Testing kit must be purchased. The complete Kit includes the examiner's manual, a stimulus picture book, supplementary picture books, 25 profile/summary forms, and storage box.

Time to Administer

30 minutes

Required Training

No Training

Age Ranges


18 - 64


ICF Domain

Body Function

Measurement Domain



No validity data could be found for the RCBA-2
Only limited validity data is available for the RCBA-1

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Brain Injury

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Normative Data

Non-brain-damaged adults: (Flanagan & Jackson, 1997)

  • Mean (SD) score for a non-aphasic population 97.32 (2.72). Scores ranged from 86 to 100

Test/Retest Reliability

Aphasic patients: (van Demark et al, 1982; n = 26; mean age = 44.2 years; multiple diagnosis sample; average time since onset = 35 months)

  • Excellent test-retest reliability: r = 0.94

Criterion Validity (Predictive/Concurrent)

Aphasic patients: (van Demark et al, 1982; multiple diagnosis)

  • Adequate correlation with Gates Silent Reading Test (r = 0.87)
  • Adequate correlation with Porch Index of Communicative Abilities (r = 0.80)

Non-Specific Patient Population

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Standard Error of Measurement (SEM)

Healthy Normals: (calculated from Flanagan & Jackson, 1997; n = 31; mean age = 63.74 (7.4) years; mean education = 14.06 (1.75) years)

  • SEM= 3.4 points 
  • Percent Change = 1.7%


Flanagan, J. L. and Jackson, S. T. (1997). "Test-retest reliability of three aphasia tests: performance of non-brain-damaged older adults." J Commun Disord 30: 33-42. Find it on PubMed

Nicholas, L. E., MacLennan, D. L., et al. (1986). "Validity of multiple-sentence reading comprehension tests for aphasic adults." J Speech Hear Disord 51: 82-87. Find it on PubMed

Van Demark, A. A., Lemmer, E. C., et al. (1982). "Measurement of reading comprehension in aphasia with the RCBA." J Speech Hear Disord 47: 288-291. Find it on PubMed