Test of Visual-Perceptual Skills (Non-motor), 3rd Ed. (TVPS-3)

Nancy A. Martin, PhD

The TVPS-3 assesses the following visual perceptual skills: Visual Discrimination, Visual Memory, Visual-Spatial Relationships, Form Constancy, Visual Sequential Memory, Visual Figure-Ground, and Visual-Closure. It is designed to be used by psychologists, occupational therapists, education diagnosticians, developmental optometrists, learning specialists, and other assessment professionals.

The TVPS-3 utilizes black and white designs as stimuli for all of the perceptual tasks. Within each area, the items are arranged in a developmental progression. The items are presented in a multiple-choice format; item responses are made vocally or by pointing. This format is ideal for children who may have impairments in motor, speech, hearing, neurological, or cognitive functioning. The TVPS-3 contains 16 plates for each perceptual area; each area is normed separately so that the clinician may reliably differentiate the various visual perceptual processes. The plates are spiral bound with fold-out easels to make presentation easy. The Manual includes a completed and scored protocol for instructional purposes.

Analysis of the subtest score patterns provides functional comparisons that enable the clinician to make a comprehensive diagnosis of a child's perceptual abilities separate from motor skills. The TVPS-3 also provides new, nationally stratified norms based on data from more than 2,000 children and adolescents.

The TVPS-3 may be administered to individuals or small groups. The test takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete, depending on the age and the abilities of the individual being tested. No basals are needed and ceilings are used to minimize any fatigue effects.

Scoring is quick and easy and can be completed in approximately 5 minutes. The front of the Record Form provides a convenient graphic to display subtest scores.

Scores are presented as individual subtest scaled scores, and one overall standard score, enabling the TVPS-3 scores to be compared easily to scores from other standardized tests. Percentile ranks and age equivalents also are provided.