The Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test 2nd ed. (Bender-Gestalt II) is a brief test of visual-motor integration that can provide interpretive information about an individual's development and psychological functioning.
Appropriate for ages 4 to 85+ years, Bender-Gestalt II is designed for use with both children and adults and is useful in the identification of learning difficulties including poor perceptual discrimination ability, poor fine motor skills, visual-motor integration problems, attentional and impulsivity problems and memory storage and retrieval problems.
Administration of the Bender-Gestalt II involves two phases: the Copy phase and the Recall phase. In the Copy phase, the examinee is asked to copy each of the designs on a blank sheet of paper. In the Recall phase, the examinee is asked to redraw the designs from memory.
Two supplemental tests can be utilised to provide a brief screening of specific motor and perceptual abilities. The purpose of these tests is to help understand low performance on the Bender-Gestalt II Copy and Recall phases by detecting the presence of motor or perceptual difficulties (the supplemental tests should be administered following the Recall phase).
The Bender-Gestalt II Motor Test Booklet is used when the Motor Test is being administered (following the recall phase). The examiner reads instructions to the respondent (to draw a line between the dots without touching the borders). Respondents draw directly on the Test Booklet.