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Motor-Free Visual Perception Test, Third Edition (MVPT-3)

Motor-Free Visual Perception Test, Third Edition (MVPT-3)


The Motor-Free Visual Perception Test, Third Edition (MVPT-3) is designed to be used for screening & diagnostic purposes by psychologists, occupational therapists, educational specialists, and others who may need a quick, reliable, and valid measure of visual-perceptual. The MVPT-3 requires no motor involvement to make a response and covers a wide population, anyone aged 4 through 95.

The following five categories of visual perception are measured:

  • Spatial Relationship
  • Visual Closure
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Visual Memory
  • Figure Ground

The MVPT-3 takes about 25 minutes to administer. The test format is a visual multiple choice: the individual is shown a line drawing and is then asked to choose the matching drawing from a set of four on the following plate. Test Plates are all contained in one book that has an easel back. Scoring is extremely easy; “no basals or ceilings are needed. Raw scores are quickly converted to standard scores and percentile ranks. Optional response time data identify whether an individual’s responses are significantly delayed.”9

Where to Obtain

The MVPT-3 can be purchased through many different distributors for under $200. Here’s one option through PAR inc.:

Who is originally responsible for this Tool?

Ronald P. Colarusso, Ed.D., and Donald D. Hammill, Ed.D.

Assessment Comparison Matrix

Overwhelmed by all of the choices and assessment varieties? Included is a handy reference chart that will help in the decision making process.

Assessment Comparison Matrix