Motor-Free Visual Perception Test-4

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


The MVPT-4 is the most recent revision of the only non-motor visual perceptual assessment that can be used throughout the lifespan. The MVPT-4 provides a quick, reliable, and valid measure of overall visual perceptual ability in children and adults. The assessment includes 45 items from the MVPT-3 which have been reorganized and grouped for easier administration.

Stimuli are comprised of black-and-white line drawings and designs, with answer choices presented in an easy to record multiple-choice format. No motor involvement is needed to make a response, making the test particularly useful with those who may have motor disabilities.

The MVPT-4 is designed to be used for screening and research purposes by psychologists, occupational therapists, educational specialists, optometrists, and others who may need to determine a person’s overall ability to discern and understand visual stimuli. The MVPT-4 is one of the most widely used visual perceptual assessment for recertifying adult drivers after head injury or stroke.

How to Use the Assessment

The MVPT-4 takes approximately 20-25 minutes to administer. Test plates are contained in one easy-to use book with an easel back. Test administration cues are provided in the test plates to facilitate administration. Scoring is easy with no basals or ceilings needed. The raw score is quickly converted to one overall standard score and percentile rank.

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Scales & Forms

The following tasks are assessed:

·         Visual Discrimination - the ability to discriminate dominant features of different objects, including the ability to discriminate position, shapes, and forms.

·         Spatial Relationships - the ability to perceive the positions of objects in relation to oneself and to other objects. Items assess the perception of pictures, figures, or patterns that are disoriented in relation to each other, such as figure reversals and rotations.

·         Visual Memory – the ability to recognize a previously presented stimulus item after a brief interval.

·         Figure-Ground – the ability to distinguish an object from background or surrounding objects.

·         Visual Closure – the ability to perceive a whole figure when only fragments are presented.

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

Age Range 4 to 70+

Administration Time 25 minutes

Administration Type Individually-completed

Qualification Level