Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition

The Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition (Movement ABC-3) helps identify gross and fine motor coordination difficulties in children and young adults aged 3–25 years.
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Publication date:
September 2023
Age range:
3 to 25 years
Subtest scaled scores, total motor composite, percentile ranks
Qualification level:
Individual; paper and pencil or digital via Q-global
Scoring options:
Hand scoring or digital scoring via Q-global
Report Options:
Score report

Product Details

The Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Third Edition (Movement ABC-3) provides an overview of gross and fine motor skills to assist in the identification of motor coordination difficulties in children and young adults.

Movement ABC-3 Benefits:

  • Identifies delay or impairment in motor development
  • Helps in intervention planning
  • Measures change and monitors progress over time
  • Quick and easy to use in research related to motor development
  • Helps paint a more holistic picture of motor performance using the Checklists to complement observational assessment

The Movement ABC-3 updates include:

  • Revised and updated test content and items
  • New manipulatives
  • Extended age range down to 3 and up to 25
  • Co-collected sample between the UK and ANZ
  • Unified contructs across ages

Three Movement ABC-3 subtests:

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Aiming & Catching
  • Balance

Separate Checklists for each age band:

  • Parent/Teacher/Other
  • Self (age band 3 only)

Test content and structure

The test contains 10 tasks for each of 3 age ranges: 3–6 years; 7–11 years and 12–25 years. The tasks cover the following 3 areas:

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Aiming & Catching (ball skills)
  • Balance (static and dynamic)

Total standard scores and percentiles are provided and a profile of a child’s performance over the different sections of the test can be examined.

The assessment is paralleled by an observational approach to perceptual-motor aspects and emotional and motivational difficulties the child may have in relation to motor tasks.

The Movement ABC-3 Checklists

The Movement ABC-3 Checklists provide a means for assessing movement in everyday situations in which the child or young adult participates.

Use the Checklist to:

  • Assess groups of students in classroom situations
  • Obtain parents’ or teachers’ views on a young person’s movement in everyday settings
  • Measure the extent to which a young person’s attitudes and feelings about motor tasks are situation-specific or more generalized

Digital administration and scoring options

The Movement ABC-3 can be administered using either paper or digital record forms. Online scoring is available via Q-global® online assessment platform.

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