(The Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration,
Authors: Keith E. Beery, PhD, Norman A. Buktenica, and Natasha A. Beery
Helps accurately and efficiently assess visual-motor skills in children and adults.
Internationally respected and backed by decades of research and clinical use, the Beery VMI, now in its fifth edition, offers a convenient and economical way to screen for visual-motor deficits that can lead to learning, neuropsychological, and behavior problems.
The Beery VMI helps assess the extent to which individuals can integrate their visual and motor abilities. The Short Format and Full Format tests present drawings of geometric forms arranged in order of increasing difficulty that the individual is asked to copy. The Short Format is often used with children ages 2–8 years.
The Beery VMI series also provides supplemental Visual Perception and Motor Coordination tests, which use the same stimulus forms as the Short Format and Full Format tests. These optional assessments are designed to be administered after results from the Short Format or Full Format test show the need for further testing, to help compare an individual's test results with relatively pure visual and motor performances. (One or both of the supplemental tests may be used.) A statistical comparison of results from all three tests can be quickly and easily made on the graphic profile provided in the test booklets.
| Qualification Level
| Administer To
|| Children 2–18 years old
| Completion Time
|| Short Format and Full Format tests: 10–15 minutes each; supplemental Visual Perception Test and Motor Coordination tests: 5 minutes each
| Reporting Results
|| Hand scoring
|| Scoring Options
|| Scored by administrator
|| National sample of 2,512 individuals age 2 to 18 years
The Beery VMI can be used by psychologists, learning disability specialists, school counselors, teachers, and other professionals to help:
- Identify individuals who may be encountering difficulties in visual-motor integration
- Make appropriate referrals for needed services
- Test the effectiveness of educational and other interventions
- Conduct research
- The Beery VMI is among the few psychological assessments that provide standard scores as low as 2 years.
- The Beery VMI 5th Edition Manual provides approximately 600 age-specific norms from birth through age 6. These consist of basic gross motor, fine motor, visual, and visual-fine motor developmental "stepping stones" that have been identified by research criteria. Many examiners find the age norm information to be useful in helping parents better understand their child's current level of development. The manual also presents teaching suggestions.
- As culture-free, non-verbal assessment, the Beery VMI is useful with individuals of diverse environmental, educational, and linguistic backgrounds.
- The Beery VMI provides time-efficient screening tools, with the Short and Full Format tests taking only 10–15 minutes to complete and the supplemental tests taking only 5 minutes each.
- The Short and Full Format tests can be administered individually or to groups. (Individual administration is recommended for the supplemental tests.)
The Beery VMI was standardized on a national sample of 2,512 individuals age 2 to 18 years and has proven reliability and validity. Updates of medical, neuropsychological, international, and other studies are also reported in this edition.
The test administrator scores the assessments using the Beery VMI 5th Edition Manual. Results are reported as standard score, percentile, or other equivalents.
In response to teachers' and parents' requests, authors Keith and Natasha Beery have developed visual, motor, and visual-motor teaching activities, and other material for use with children from birth to elementary school age.
New CD format enables quick, convenient and free reprinting of teaching activities and worksheets.
- Developmental Teaching Activities - A booklet of more than 250 activities for teachers and parents to use with children from birth through age 6 to help develop solid foundations for art, academics (including pre-reading and pre-writing), and athletic skills. At each level, activities are included for gross motor, fine motor, visual, and visual-motor development.
- My Book of Shapes - Contains 100 geometric paper-and-pencil exercises that preschool and kindergarten teachers and parents may use with children to refine motor, visual, and visual-motor activities development. The exercises help support early prevention of problems and provide an important foundation for the teaching of letter and numeral shapes in the first semester of kindergarten.
- My Book of Letters and Numbers - Provides 100 exercises for use with students in the second semester of kindergarten. The exercises use numeral and letter shapes so that the motor, visual, and visual-motor skills children learn with geometric shape exercises can be successfully transferred to numeral and letter shapes they will use in school.
- Developmental Wall Chart for Visual-Motor Integration - A laminated full-color wall chart of basic gross, fine motor, visual, and visual-motor developmental "stepping stones" from birth to age 6. Serves as a handy reminder for parents and professionals.
- Beery VMI Stepping Stones Parent Checklist - A consumable checklist of more than 200 key developmental "stepping stones" designed to help parents note observations of children from pre-kindergarten through early elementary age in non-school settings. Parents may then share this information with teachers to help track developmental progress and design learning programs.