Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)

  • Who are the developers of the QUILS™?

    Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Jill de Villiers, Ph.D., Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Aquiles Iglesias, Ph.D., and Mary Sweig Wilson, Ph.D.

  • What is the age range?

    Ages 3 through 5

  • In what settings is it used?

    Early childhood settings: public and private preschools, Head Start, child care programs

  • Who completes it?

    The child, with minimal supervision from a teacher, paraprofessional, classroom aide, parent, or other classroom volunteer

  • How is it administered?

    On any device with touchscreen technology and Internet access, such as an iPad, Android tablet, laptop, or desktop

  • How long does the screener take?

    Approximately 15−20 minutes

  • What is the number of items on the screener?

    48 items

  • What is the research base?

    Psychometric studies have established the QUILS’ reliability and validity and ensured that all items are culturally neutral

AdobeStock_117543105Early 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 (KEAs) 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 and other practitioners—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!

Technical Requirements


QUILS is a web-based screener with animations and videos. Your tablet should meet our minimum requirements to avoid delays in the screener:

iPads should be capable of supporting iOS 10 or higher and have at least 2 GB of RAM. Users must use the Safari browser.

Android tablets should support at least OS 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher, have at least 2 GB of RAM, and have a screen size of 8″ or larger. Users must use the Chrome browser.

These requirements will ensure you are current with security updates. If you have an older device, it may still work, so please check with our QUILS team to confirm if it can support the QUILS by emailing:


A touch screen is highly recommended. Your laptop or desktop should meet our minimum system requirements:

Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.0GHz (minimum)
Memory: At least 4GB RAM
Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows, 8 or Windows 10 (with the latest patches and updates)

Operating System: Should support macOS Sierra (Version 10.12.6) or higher
Memory: At least 6 GB RAM

Memory: At least 4 GB RAM
Chrome OS: updated with the latest patches