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Basic Concepts Skill Screener (BCSS) is a quick, motivational screening tool created to help assess the basic concept skills in children. Designed by certified speech-language pathologists, BCSS uses technology to engage clients while assessing their school readiness skills. Perfect for all levels from preschool to early elementary, BCSS assesses the concept skills needed for pre-reading and math skills. The Basic Concepts Skills Screener is sure to be a great app for the busy speech-language pathologist, teacher, parent, or caregiver.

The Basic Concepts Skills Screener (BCSS) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the basic concepts skills of children. An understanding of basic concepts is foundational for students to follow directions and develop reading and math skills. The BCSS is individually administered to establish a baseline of basic concepts that are in error.
The BCSS explores a child’s knowledge of spatial (location), quantitative (number), comparative (description), and temporal (time) concepts. Basic concepts strengthen vocabulary and are critical for understanding early curriculum (Seifert & Schwartz, 1991). By the time a child starts first grade, he or she should have an understanding of the majority of these concepts (McLaughlin, 1998). Children need a thorough understanding of basic concepts to make comparisons, classify, problem solve, and sequence. Children who do not understand basic concepts will most likely struggle not only with day-to-day academic activities such reading and math, but with extra-curricular activities such as playing sports (Boehm, 2013). Early recognition and remediation of a child’s struggle with basic concepts may reduce the educational impact.

The Basic Concepts Skills Screener can be used to:
•Collect information regarding an individual’s basic concept skills
•Supplement data of a standardized language assessment
•Measure treatment effectiveness and skill growth over time
•Compare a student’s performance to students at same grade level
•Help educators and clinician choose areas of skill development to target for Response to Intervention
•Aid with determining how a student may perform on classroom assessments and outcomes
•Aid in the determination of a language delay or disorder
•Identify students who may be at risk for a learning disorder

How to Use
BSCC is designed for single player assessment. From the home page the facilitator has the option of adding a student, administering a screening, going to the support area, or going to the reports area. When a student has been entered or selected, and new test has been selected, the facilitator has the choice of administering the Full Screening or the Quick Screening. The full screening, 79 questions, takes 10-15 minutes. The quick screening has 30 questions and takes approximately 5 minutes. Both screenings assess concepts at a variety of ages.
When administering the screening, each concept request is presented with four pictures showing possible answers. A tap of the picture marks the child’s answer with a square border. When the “next” button is tapped, a new screen is shown with a new concept and picture choices. An answer must be provided on every screen. At any time, a tap on the done button will terminate the session and bring the user to the report center.

What’s New

Version 2.4

Improved some target choices

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings
2 Ratings
Great app great intervention! ,


Use as pre-post baseline &/or performance assessment for goal/objectives. I appreciate collected data in a reader friendly report for immediate share. I use frequently & glad to have this app, thank you creators & developers.

MissDtheSLP ,

BCSS Ap Review

I LOVE this Ap. I work in a low income school with a high turn over rate of kiddos that transition in/out of my school. This Ap has been a great for me to collect baseline data on new kiddos as they enter my school. The kids enjoy answering the questions and are motivated to answer more. I like the quick screener for my pre-k kiddos due to attention span. I try to get my kindergarteners to complete the full screener. The only thing I'd change about this ap is-- I wish you could pause your "session" and continue. You must finish each "test" or redo to whole thing. I absolutely love the detailed reports that the Ap writes and parents love them too! I also love that the report includes the norms for typically developing peers. I use this ap all the time and it's a great way to collect baseline data on new kiddos-- or any kiddos working on goals with emebedded concepts.

Ak 99669 ,

BCSS is helpful for screening concepts

However, I have a problem with one of the items. The children are standing in line to get a drink of water but are facing away from the fountain. The child is supposed to find the child at the end of the line. Generally, the person at the end of the line where the children are facing forward is the last one. Instead this item's correct answer is the child farthest away from the fountain. It took two SLPs to figure out the correct answer! Also, midway through the complete screen the "reinforcer" star stayed put on the page and was there through the rest of the screening test. Don't know if it would happen if I tried again. Great idea for an app though!


Smarty Ears, LLC
75.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


English, Portuguese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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