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Test of Visual Perceptual Skills - 3rd Edition (TVPS-3)

Purpose: Determines the visual perceptual strengths and weaknesses of students
Age: 4-0 to 18-11 years
Time: 25 minutes to administer; 5 minutes to score

Now, just one test covers all of the ages that were previously covered by the tests, TVPS-R and TVPS-UL-R. It remains an easy to use assessment to determine the visual perceptual strengths and weaknesses of students aged 4-0 through 18-11. Items are presented in a multiple-choice format, and responses can be made vocally (by letter of the response choice) or by pointing to the answer choice. This format can be used with students who may have impairments in motor, speech, hearing, neurological and cognitive functions. There are still 16 plates in each of the 7 perceptual areas so that the length of the test remains the same as previous editions. 

The seven TVPS-3 subtests are arranged in order of difficulty starting with visual discrimination (a very basic skill) and ending with visual closure (a much more difficult task). The subtests are as follows:
  • Visual Discrimination: the child is shown a design and is then asked to point to the matching design among the choices shown below.
  • Visual Memory: the child is shown (for 5 seconds) a design on one page, the page is turned, and the child is asked to choose the same design from among the choices shown on the following page.
  • Spatial Relationships: the child is shown a series of designs on a page and then asked to choose the one that is different from the rest; it may differ in a detail or in the rotation of all or part of the design.
  • Form Constancy: the child is asked to find one design among others on the page; the design can be larger, smaller, or rotated.
  • Sequential Memory: the child is shown (for 5 seconds) design sequences comprising of increasing numbers of elements, the page is turned, and the child is asked to choose the matching design from among the choices on the following page.
  • Visual Figure-Ground: the child is asked to find one design among many within a complex background.
  • Visual Closure: the child is shown a completed design on the page and is asked to match it to one of the incomplete patterns shown on the page.
The TVPS-3 also provides new, nationally stratified norms on over 2000 students. It is untimed and takes about 25 minutes. Scoring is quick and uncomplicated. Raw scores are reported as scaled scores and percentile ranks for each subtest; the overall total score is reported as a standard score and percentile rank. Age-equivalents are also provided for the subtest and overall scores.
Complete Kit Includes: Manual, Test Plates, 25 Record Forms

Author: Nancy A. Martin, PhD